Mafia Wife: My Story of Love, Murder, and Madness

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Mar 30, 2004 - True Crime - 290 pages

When Lynda Lustig met Louie Milito, she was a sixteen-year-old high-school dropout with a taste for adventure and an agonizing childhood. When they were married two years later, he was not yet a "made man" in the powerful Gambino crime family. Louie was a hairdresser who dabbled in petty thievery. But Lynda was so happy to be out of her domineering mother's loveless house. And over the years, she was willing to forgive her husband for anything: his violent rages, his frequent absences, his shady associates, and the blood on his hands. For twenty-four years Lynda Milito remained loyal to this charming and dangerous criminal -- her children's father and close friend of crime boss John Gotti and underboss Sammy "the Bull" Gravano. But in 1988, Louie Milito disappeared, murdered by the very people he had always trusted to protect him.

A crime story, a family story, a love story, Mafia Wife is the shockingly intimate, brutally honest tale of a survivor -- and of the life she lived in the dark bosom of the underworld.

What people are saying - Write a review


User Review  - mygirls678 -

Once I started reading this book I found it difficult to put it down. It is very interesting. Lynda Milito tells how being married to a Mafia man is not all about glamor money and the greater things ... Read full review

Mafia wife: my story of love, murder, and madness

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Milito was married to Louie Milito, a "made" member of the Gambino organized crime family, for over 22 years. In this memoir, she recounts her story from childhood to the present, focusing on the ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2004)

Lynda Milito was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She was married to Louie Milito for twenty-two years; they have a son, Louis, and a daughter, Deena. Lynda lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

Reg Potterton covered the Mafia as a wire service reporter and magazine editor in New York City from 1960 through the mid-1970s. He lives and works in South Florida.

Bibliographic information