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The Plumber: The True Story of How One Good Man Helped Destroy the Entire Philadelphia Mafia Hardcover – February, 1990
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From Library Journal
Drawn into a friendship with Nicky Scarfo, a violent Mafia boss in Atlantic City, New Jersey, plumber Salerno witnessed a murder in 1979. For the next ten years, Salerno lived anonymously and was treated badly by the Witness Protection Program. His marriage dissolved, and his father was shot in retaliation. In 1988, Salerno's testimony helped convict Scarfo and 15 associates of some 200 criminal counts. Writer Rivele spent only one week with Salerno at a motel; the rather cursory result is a bit lifeless, given the explosive subject matter. However, Salerno's heroics will appeal to Mafia buffs, and publicity might generate wider interest.
- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Salerno appears to have been used by the mob as a layer of deniability.By making him a witness to the murder,the Philly mafia could later use him as an alibi.Salerno however reported the crime,when the FBI divulged to Salerno that the mob had put him on a "hit" list.A real lose-lose-lose situation for Salerno.The latter section of the book is given to Salerno's manueverings in the "Witness Protection" program which is a book itself.Apparently this "program" at times isn't efficiently(or competently)? run,thus endangering the lives of the participants and subjecting them to unnecessary humiliations(besides the necessary ones).
So now your asking,"Does Salernos' wife hit him in the head with a frying pan and do his kids and relatives turn on him?". Read the book and find out.This book I would recommend in regard to the importance of cleaning up the bureaucratic screw-ups of the Witness Protection programs.Some of these situations Salerno gets into after he wisely turns States Evidence would be hilarious if they weren't so dangerous.This tale is highly believable(to be redundent) and a smooth easy read.