To what extent was Rosario “Russell” Bufalino involved in the
disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975? In the CIA’s recruitment of
gangsters to assassinate Fidel Castro? In organizing the historic
meeting of crime chieftains in 1957? Even in the production of The Godfather movie?
Secretive—even reclusive—Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized
crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter
presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton,
Pennsylvania, and quaint Amish farms near Lancaster. Bufalino had a hand
in global, national, and local politics of the largest American cities,
many of its major industries, and controlled the powerful Teamsters
Union. His influence also reached the highest levels of Pennsylvania
government and halls of Congress, and his legacy left a culture of
corruption that continues to this day.
A uniquely American saga that spans six decades, The Quiet Don follows
Russell Bufalino’s remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to
mob soldier to a man described by a United States Senate subcommittee in
1964 as “one of the most ruthless and powerful leaders of the Mafia in
the United States.” Download and start listening now!