Sometimes I'd come downstairs and find Dad sitting by himself in the dark. I'd make a joke, then Dad would start chatting away as if nothing was wrong, though we both knew it was. It was just our way of dealing with the things we couldn't talk about. I guess Dad thought he was protecting us — what we didn't know couldn't hurt us — r maybe he just didn't want us to know about that side of his character. When I was 19, everything changed.
The FBI were closing in on Dad and he'd agreed to testify against high-ranking mob members in return for a shorter sentence for his own crimes. I was horrified. We'd always had it drummed into us never to "grass" on people: when my brother and I fought as children, we'd both be punished — one for fighting, the other for telling. Now I felt Dad had betrayed us all and I refused to move with my family when they joined the witness protection programme.
In return for his cooperation, Dad received a reduced prison sentence of five years.
People ask if I resent being a mob daughter. Afew years ago, I might have said yes, but I've now come to terms with everything that has happened. I don't condone the violence Dad was involved in, but I can't change his past, or what he did, and I don't see the point of wondering what if. Do you have an experience to share? Email experience theguardian. Topics Mafia Experience. Georgia is a FBI undercover agent.
She is working undercover until her cover is blown. Now she is taken to the Don where their time in his office steams over. Overall, ok, but not satisfying. One person found this helpful. There was a problem loading comments right now. Showing 0 comments. Sort by: Newest Oldest. Customers also viewed these items. Need customer service? Click here. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping.
Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. On May 19, , Mr. Persico was driving in South Brooklyn when he became the target of gunfire from a passing truck. He was struck in his left hand and arm and never regained the full use of that hand. The war between the Profacis and the Gallos ended in late after the death, from natural causes, of Joseph Profaci.
Carlo Gambino and other Mafia leaders imposed an uneasy truce between the factions and installed Joseph A. Colombo Sr. Persico became enmeshed in criminal trials in the s. Four trials ended in two mistrials and the overturning of two convictions on appeal. At a fifth trial, in , Mr. Persico was again convicted. Free on bail pending an appeal in the federal courts, he was back in court in Manhattan in on a separate state indictment that accused him of being the head of a multimillion-dollar loan-sharking operation.
Persico was acquitted on the loan-sharking charges in a trial that was closed to the press and public by the presiding judge, State Supreme Court Justice George Postel.
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The judge ruled that newspaper articles about Mr. The shooting in front of thousands of spectators left Mr. Colombo unable to speak or communicate; he died in The man who shot him was himself gunned down almost immediately and died before he could be questioned.
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After Mr. Colombo was incapacitated, Mr. Persico took control of the Colombo family even though his appeals on his conviction in the hijacking case had been rejected. On April 7, , shortly before Mr. Gallo, like Mr. Colombo, was a flamboyant figure around New York, and his murder stunned the city. No arrests were made, but prosecutors, in their sentencing reports concerning Mr. Persico in , said he had engineered Mr.
Gallo had orchestrated the shooting of Mr. While serving his first prison sentence, Mr. Persico maintained his status as a boss, relaying his orders through relatives and trusted confederates who visited him. He was released in , but in he was returned to prison for three more years for parole violations and for conspiracy to bribe an Internal Revenue Service agent for confidential information about organized-crime investigations.
Again, despite being a prison inmate hundreds of miles from New York, he continued to rule the Colombo gang, relaying vital decisions through surrogates.
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Released from prison in March , he went into hiding after learning through a law-enforcement informant that the federal authorities intended to indict him anew for murder and racketeering. Persico was placed on the F. Persico was hiding out. In June , Mr. Persico was found guilty in Manhattan on charges that he was the leader of the Colombo family, which controlled union locals representing restaurant, concrete and cement workers, and that he had extorted millions of dollars from unions and construction companies in New York City.
Aaron R. Marcu, a former federal prosecutor, remembered that Mr.
Keenan, a Federal District Court judge, said in sentencing him to 39 years in prison. Eight other defendants, including Mr. This time he decided to be his own defense lawyer. Lawyers and prosecutors speculated that Mr. In his opening and closing statements and in his cross-examining of witnesses, Mr.
Instead of appearing as an eloquent lawyer, Mr.
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Persico sounded more like an ordinary man appealing for sympathy. Unswayed by Mr. He was sentenced to years in prison, raising his combined sentences for the Commission and Colombo family convictions to years. In , Michael Lloyd, a convicted bank robber who was a government informer, testified that Mr.
Giuliani and Mr. Marcu, blaming them for his prison terms. Federal law-enforcement officials said they had decided not to bring murder conspiracy charges against Mr. Persico because he was already serving a life term; they had also wanted to protect Mr. Lloyd from exposure while Mr. Persico unwittingly provided him with valuable information about the Colombo family, the officials said.
Although the two convictions left Mr.