I’m happy to be back & hello to all… I would like to start by first thanking everyone who is following our articles at NewzBreaker. The last one written by my teammate Marla Eggar was touching on an incredible story. Search the NY Times archives to get the full story on how the door was opened for Greg Scarpa, SR. to get Carte Blanche with the Feds. It was very detailed. If I remember correctly, Greg had the guy carry a TV (Lawrence Byrd) owned an appliance store) to his car, and he threw him in the trunk with the TV. He took him somewhere and indeed, Greg got the answers. The movie Mississippi Burning tells the story, but dramatizes the actual event. They make the viewer wonder who it was who did the dirty work. It alludes to maybe the FBI themselves with a masked agent, which winds up not being far from the truth. Good movie!
There have been many very supportive people who I would like to thank. Of course, “Bad” Brad Berkwitt that is obvious. Another is Alan Lindbloom. Alan is the real deal who was with some friends of ours over there in Detroit. He has a powerful book coming out titled, “To Be A King”. He is also working on a site called Harbainger Media Group. Ya gotta’ check it out!
Alan gave me a good addition to my nickname article. How about the mob guys who don’t like the AKA they had been given? Nobody called Carmine Persico “The Snake,” to his face. Or Benjamin Siegel, “Bugsy”, to his face. And the reputed Don of Detroit Jack (“Jackie The Kid,”). Giacalone despises his nickname, as I learned from a Scott Burnstein report at his column Gangster Report, which Alan turned me on to.
Another friend, Ronnie Whillians Headford has been promoting my book overseas in the UK via his column, at his club/platform, The Last Mafioso Brotherhood. He is extremely supportive! I thank him too and with his support, the book is getting popular in his country.
Recently, I had the privilege of doing a live interview with a podcast show called, believe it or not, “The Life”. It was very interesting, and I expect we will do some more as there is so much to talk about. We talked basically, about the book, how it came to be, and some controversial things in it. We also talked about how I feel, regrets, disappointments, etc. I answered candidly, as I like to think I always do. Willie Nelson said it best, in a movie called “Thief”, when mentoring a young high level “score” guy played by James Caan. “Never lie… if they are your friends, why lie to them, if they are not your friends, then fuck em, why lie”…
How do I feel about the hits I did, or was part of, was one of the questions? Am I sorry for that? Did I love being in “The Life”? Was it difficult getting out? How can my feelings change towards “The Life”? Towards my boss?
I gave this example as one of my answers. If a person, anyone, you for instance, worked for the CIA. You work in a terrorist division and your supervisor is a hero. He is looked up to because he is a legendary agent who comes back from Afghanistan with information leading to captures, and infiltration’s of terrorist cells, and is constantly in harm’s way in the Middle East. You look up to this agent and emulate him for his bravery and heroism. Then one day you find out that he is a double agent! He is giving up American secrets to the enemies. He is doing this for safe havens abroad and money! And for that, he’s protecting the highest-ranking terrorists! How would you feel about him? Would your feelings towards him change?
What if you then found out that his supervisors knew about this and allowed it to go on? How would you feel now about being a CIA agent? The answer is an easy one. And your decisions after that will be easier to make.
It’s funny, many of the things I did in “The Life” I am doing now. I’m making a good living, but legitimately. I still spend lots of money and enjoy the finer things in life. I still go to the track and play the horses. Only now, I’m not looking over my shoulder worrying about getting whacked by my enemies, or friends for that matter. And I’m not looking over my shoulder worrying about when it will all end when the Feds come ‘bustin’ in. I even get a kick out of how the legitimate people are doing what we did to some extent. Instead of being a loanshark, they have pawn shops. Ya ever see the interest they charge? Not much less than we did, but they don’t get pinched for it. Or they open ‘buy here, pay here’ car lots’. The legal limit is about 27%. If I could do it over again, I’d open one of those businesses.
How about all the casino’s that are opening? All over the United States and overseas. Dog tracks, horse tracks, card rooms, simulcast! The American Indians are even cashing in. If any race got screwed, (and they all did at some time in history) it was them, so they deserve it. I made my living doing the same thing, and that is why I have no regrets as to how I made my money. There are no cocaine stores on the corner of Main St. There are no OxyContin drive thru’s, or heroine cafe’s…but there are lotto machines, bingo halls and cruise ships in every state.
My next article will be on what vices, if any, should be legalized? Think about it, and any feedback is welcomed.
Enjoy the NCAA Tournament, just don’t get in any of those illegal bracket pools for money. My longshot pick to win it all is FSU. Just for fun…
Larry Mazza, is a former made guy in the Colombo Family, who was second in charge to “The Grim Reaper”, Greg Scarpa, SR. He is the Author of the book “The Life” that is a fascinating look into his life as a mobster. You can purchase a personally autographed copy which also comes with a DVD with the title song “The Life” and a short movie based on the book. Pick your copy up now by clicking here.
Comments or questions are welcome.