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Who really killed "Crazy Joe" Gallo? It wasn't Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran as he claimed.
"Sober, he was nothing, but drunk he would blow your head off." That's how Pete the Greek described Carmine "Sonny" DiBiase, the Colombo crime family hitman who'd been terrorizing Manhattan's Little Italy since he was a kid. After beating and robbing a local tailor and doing time in reformatory, Sonny set up operations at the Mayfair Boys Civic and Social Club, an illegal poolroom where he shot and killed his best friend on Christmas day....
A prime suspect of this and other crimes, Sonny went on the lam and off the grid for seven years. He then surrendered himself to police, was tried for murder and sentenced to death. But after a second trial, he walked away a free man - free to kill again.
Joey "Crazy Joe" Gallo and his President Street mob waged a deadly Mafia civil war with the Colombo crime family, and in particular, Carmine "the Snake" Persico. And on that fateful night of April 7, 1972, in a Little Italy restaurant, Gallo was assassinated...by Carmine "Sonny" DiBiasi....
This is the true story of who really whacked "Crazy Joe" Gallo on that fateful night of April 7, 1972.
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- Roberto F
Mob History 101
Another great piece of NYC mob history from former Gallo Crew member Frank DiMatteo & his co writer Michael Benson
with excellent narration by Eric Jason Martin
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Zesty, perfectly paced, great storytelling
This is like a great song: it hits all the notes. Yes, it sort of smirks along, in a sort of wiseguy voice, and it has plenty of (well-described) sleaze (which is an art form, perfect for Crazy Joey Gallo). I'm not going to go into it, but back in the day I had some exposure to sleaze, and this all rings so true. The main author, in the neighborhood as a kid and youth, obviously wasn't present for most scenes here. But the writing is so seamless, so well told, you could swear you were right there on the street (with inside info too), thanks to the best storyteller ever. It takes good research, but the voice here has the true knack of being absolutely listenable, entertaining and convincing. (Or, clear enough that one can disagree or question any part of it.) Right off the bat I was listening to hours of it, on end. Eric Jason Martin is a favorite narrator, but this might be his masterpiece, where story and speaker clinch perfectly. He sounds vaguely like Rod Serling, the Twilight Zone guy.
This book dovetails fantastically with the same author's title Carmine the Snake, which is included here with audible, or is borrowed free with Kindle Unlimited. It shines other light on most of the same characters.