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Carmine the snake : Carmine Persico and his murderous mafia family

Author: Frank Dimatteo; Michael Benson
Publisher: New York, NY : Citadel Press, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018].
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this blistering street-level account, "Mafia survivor" Frank DiMatteo teams up with true-crime master Michael Benson to take down one of the most notorious figures in the American La Cosa Nostra. This is the real inside story of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, from his crime-filled childhood on the streets of Brooklyn to the long-term jail sentences that didn't stop him from controlling his criminal empire, with the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Named Person: Carmine Persico
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Dimatteo; Michael Benson
ISBN: 9780806538815 0806538813
OCLC Number: 1049153655
Description: vii, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Frank DiMatteo, Michael Benson.

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In this blistering street-level account, "Mafia survivor" Frank DiMatteo teams up with true-crime master Michael Benson to take down one of the most notorious figures in the American La Cosa Nostra. This is the real inside story of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, from his crime-filled childhood on the streets of Brooklyn to the long-term jail sentences that didn't stop him from controlling his criminal empire, with the help of his brother-the equally kill-crazy Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico. This is the story of his deadly teen years as leader of the fearsome Garfield Boys; his recruitment into the Profaci-later the Colombo-crime family; his bloody betrayal of the Gallo brothers; his role in the hair-raising ambush and slaying of Albert Anastasia-the Lord High Executioner of Murder, Inc.-as he sat in a barbershop chair getting a shave; the terror he struck into the hearts of the New York Mafia's other families, and even his own crews; and the many courtroom trials where Persico walked after witnesses came down with sudden cases of "amnesia." Today, Persico schmoozes with Ponzi king Bernard Madoff behind bars. There, at age eighty-four, his legend-packed as it is with coldblooded brutality-continues to inspire goodfellas everywhere.

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