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Murder Machine (Onyx True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1993
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About the Author
Jerry Capeci is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Mafia and organized crime. He covered the crime beat for both the New York Daily News and the New York Post (and was the only newspaperman to sneak his way into Carlo Gambino’s funeral in 1976) for more than 20 years. He is the co-author of Murder Machine, the terrifying saga of Roy DeMeo’s bloodthirsty Mafia crew, and Gotti: Rise & Fall. A native of the mean streets of Bath Beach, Brooklyn, he now lives in Manhattan.
Gene Mustain is the co-author of Murder Machine and the author of Mob Star.
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Of course for me this book was of great interest because I'd grown up in those neighborhoods of B'klyn, NY and the same time frame when all this took place and even knew of most of the places and people mentioned which was why I bought this book after being told about it.
So after reading this book my gut shook and trembled alittle even though 40 yr's has past, just thinking how many times I might have made eye contact with anyone of these out of controlled guys from a simple negative verbal or hand gesture during a unfair automobile lane change or cutoff making a turn that could have gotten me killed like so many that crossed their paths one way or the other just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This book goes into considerable detail regarding Roy DeMeo's role in the mafia along with his cohorts in crime. It really was more detail than I would have liked. For all its glitz and glamor Roy ended up stashed into the trunk of his car and his body frozen. The bottom line is that there is nothing cool about being a mobster. They are thugs and nothing more.