The Last Godfather: Joseph Massino and the Fall of the Bonanno Crime Family

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Citadel Press, 2006 - True Crime - 328 pages
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The Last Godfather is the epic inside story of Joseph Massino, the mob boss of New York's infamous Bonanno crime family for more than 20 years, who is believed responsible for more than ten murders and a crime wave of theft, extortion, illegal gambling, and loansharking. Ultimately Massino was betrayed by his closest friend, underboss, and brother-in-law, Salvatore Vitale. Based on interviews with Massino's family and friends, as well as law enforcement officials and confidential sources, The Last Godfather tells this incendiary true story and for the first time reveals: The close relationship between Joseph Massino and John Gotti How Massino set up the 1981 execution of three rival Bonanno crime family captains in a Brooklyn social club The bloody mob war of 1980-81 that brought Massino to power and how, after the imprisonment of John Gotti and Vincent "Vinnie the Chin" Gigante, Massino emerged as the most powerful gangster in America How Massino was involved in the murder of Sonny Black, an incident portrayed in the film Donnie Brasco.
  

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Contents

No Sleep Till Brooklyn
1
Amici
18
The Toughest Kid on the Block
31
Maspeth Joe
47
A Piece of Work
60
I Dont Do Nothing
67
Power Play
75
The Three Captains
86
Horatio Alger of the Mafia
151
By the Numbers
168
Ghosts
186
All in the Family
194
Lets Bring In the Jury 213
238
They Didnt Die of Old Age 223
239
They Thought They Might Get Killed 234
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I Didnt Want to Do No More Time 245
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The Inside Man
97
Up on the Roof
102
Do It to Me One More Time
107
The Gathering Storm
113
Murder on the Lam
138
Return
145
This Is for Life 252
268
He Is a Rat 259
275
Not One We Won 277
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Epilogue 295
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Bibliography 311
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Anthony DeStefano is a best selling author. He graduated summa cum laude from St. John's University in Staten Island with a degree in Philosophy/Theology. DeStefano's books include A Travel Guide To Heaven (Doubleday, 2003), and Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, (Doubleday, 2007). Recent releases are This Little Prayer of Mine and Little Star, both from WaterBrook Press and I Just Can't Take it Anymore! from Zondervan.

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