Life of a Mafia Enforcer for John Gotti

Informer Sal Polisi
From the Mirror Online: His accent is straight out of GoodFellas but his manner is mild and friendly. In the tone of voice I might use to ask if he’d like a cup of tea, Salvatore Polisi tells me he once sliced off a man’s testicles.

The former New York mobster known as Crazy Sal says that yes, “it was bloody”. But when I press him, he just shrugs: “I was used to it. I’d been stabbed, shot in the back, I beat people with a bat. It was part of the landscape when you were in that life.”

As we speak about the Mafia’s dark heyday in the 1960s and 70s, 68-year-old Polisi’s Noo Yoik accent makes my ­questions sound more primly English than I ever thought possible.

Back in the day, he gambled, hijacked cars and robbed banks for a living. He never killed – as far as he knows – but he dug graves, beat up anyone who crossed him, and was primed to chop up bodies.

“You got away with everything – the cops were on the take,” he says.

The day he delivered the unkindest cut of all he was issuing a traditional mob warning. Polisi was just out of prison, where a member of the Lucchese crime family had done him a favour by getting him a phone call. To pay it back, Sal was told to fly to Florida and do the dirty on a man who was sleeping with a mob boss’s girl.

“I went to the guy’s house and a young woman opened the door. I pushed her in,” he recalls. “I tied this guy with rope to a pool table and sliced underneath the back of his testicles. She was screaming. The guy was begging. I punched him in the nose and broke it. Then I left him.

“Looking back it was a terrible thing to do but it was like being in the jungle, living with animals. It was survival. If I didn’t do it I might have been killed.

“I was crazy, nuts, and I was proud of that. It was my defence. I ran people over, beat them with bats. I felt like I had authority, a licence for violence. You had to make a name for yourself or they’d take advantage of you.”READ THE REST


Post a Comment

Popular Stories

Upcoming Mob Flick Features James Ciccone

Genovese Wiseguy Sally Demeo Cops to Tax Evasion

Hoodwinked: Restaurateur on Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Was a Mobster

Bath Avenue Crew Rose High, Fell Hard

FBI Focusing on Elusive Genovese Capo Tough Tony?

Why the Spilotro Brothers Were So Brutally Murdered

John Gotti as Family Guy? So Says Hollywood Reporter in Biopic Pan