The Mob and Me: Wiseguys and the Witness Protection Program (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 14, 2010 - True Crime - 256 pages
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This revealing first-person narrative, by one of the founders of the Witness Protection Program and a personal protector to more than five hundred informants, offers an eye-opening, dead-on authentic perspective on the safeguard institution. How did law enforcement’s frustration with the criminal underworld and a serpentine series of hit-or-miss rules and mistakes give rise to one of the most significant and endlessly fascinating government-run programs of the 20th century?

In 1967, U.S. Marshal John Partington was given the task of overseeing the protection of the wife and young daughter of renowned mobster Joe “The Animal” Barboza, now an informant with a bounty on his head. It wasn’t Partington’s first time guarding underworld witnesses. But this time was different. It was at the behest of Senator Bobby Kennedy that Partington became the architect of a new high- threat program to get the bad guys to testify against the worse guys. Lifelong protection in exchange for the conviction of the upper echelon of organized crime would require a permanent identity change for every member of the witness’s family, a battery of psychological tests for re-assimilation, and a total, devastating obliteration of all ties with the past. With no blueprint for success, it created a logistical nightmare for Partington. He would have to make up the rules as he went along, and he did so without the luxury of knowing whom he could really trust at any given time. And so, the Witness Protection Program was born.

The account John Partington tells of the next thirty years of his life is a never-before-seen portrait of members of the underworld and law enforcement—from Joe Valachi, the first mobster to violate the “omerta,” the sacrosanct code of silence, to high-profile informant and NYPD narcotics detective Bob Leuci, immortalized in Prince of the City. He reveals the details of the protection provided such significant figures as Watergate players to Howard Hunt and John and Maureen Dean. Ultimately, Partington delivers the unvarnished truth of the Program, from the heavily-shielded delivery of witnesses to trial, to countless death threats, to managing an ever- rotating crew of U.S. Marshals, to the step-by-step procedure of reinventing his sometimes dangerous, sometimes terrified charges and their families as uncomplicated suburbanites. These would be the guarded new neighbors just across the street bearing secret histories—uncomfortable actors in a play that would run for the rest of their lives.

Lifting a cloak of confidentiality and controversy, The Mob and Me immerses readers in the rarified, misunderstood world of Witness Protection—at once human, dangerous, intimate, surprising, and stone-cold violent.
  

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

This book was *almost* a 3 star 'listen'. It was interesting to hear the different organized crime stories from the point of view of the guy keeping watch of the mob guys after they agreed to snark on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shawna - Goodreads

Not what I expected. I did wonder if some of the people he mentioned were the inspiration behind some of the characters on The Sopranos. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
The Beginning
11
New Roommate
21
Treachery among Thieves
31
The Calm before the Storm
37
The Godfathers Turn
45
Henry Tameleo Times Two
55
Moving On
63
Uncle Sam Can You Spare a Dime?
173
Prince of the City
179
Bloody but Unbowed
189
Cop Wannabe
197
Splitting at the Seams
201
When Witnesses Want More
207
Management Tensions
221
Relapse
227

Banking on It
77
Armored Truck Heists
113
Running up Stocks
125
Another Kind of Social Security
137
Horsing Around
147
Burglars and Bunglers
153
Union Pension Funds
163
Reform
235
A Surprising Reinforcement
239
Reflections
243
POSTSCRIPT
247
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
249
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About the author (2010)

John Partington is an inspirational speaker who leads with an infectious enthusiasm evident in all his preaching and teaching. John and his wife, Andrene, are Senior Pastors of Edge Church West Adelaide, Australia. They have three children, Aaron, Heidi, and Bethany.

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