Vinny Gorgeous

Vinny Gorgeous

The Ugly Rise and Fall of A New York Mobster

Book - 2013
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A vain man of good looks, small means, and no family links to the mob, Vincent �Vinny Gorgeous� Basciano steadily worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph Massino went to the clink in 2003. But at a time when the Mob was crawling with secret operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip, Basciano obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. �I got faith in one guy,� he told a group of mobsters during a secretly taped meeting. That man was Joseph Massino, head of the Bonanno borgata. But for all his loyalty, Basciano was still a hot-headed, cold-blooded killer, which led to his arrest. Then, in a remarkable betrayal that shook the Five Families to their foundation, Massino secretly cooperated with the FBI{u2014}the first official boss ever to roll over. As a result, Basciano faced the death penalty, but a federal jury, disturbed by the prosecution's use of criminal informants, reached a surprising verdict. Veteran crime author Anthony M. DeStefano tells the riveting story of the last true believer in the Mob{u2019}s cult of brotherhood and how he was betrayed by the only man he ever trusted. -- From publishers description.
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, c[2013]
ISBN: 9780762785414
0762785411
Branch Call Number: 364.1092 BASCIANO
Characteristics: 264 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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