Veteran crime author Anthony M. DeStefano tells the riveting story of the last true believer in the Mob’s cult of brotherhood and how he was betrayed by the only man he ever trusted.
A vain man of good looks but no family ties to the Mob, Vincent
“Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano worked his way up to acting boss of the
Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph
Massino went to prison in 2003. When the Mafia was crawling with secret
operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip,
Basciano steadfastly obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. “I got faith in
one guy,” he said during a secretly taped meeting. That man was Massino,
head of the Bonanno borgata. But for all his loyalty, Basciano was
still a hot-headed, cold-blooded killer, which ultimately led to his
arrest and downfall.
Then in a remarkable betrayal that rocked
the Five Families to their foundations, Massino secretly cooperated with
the FBI—the first head boss ever to roll over. As a result,
Basciano faced the death penalty, but a federal jury, disturbed by the
prosecution’s use of deadly criminal informants, reached a surprising
verdict. Download and start listening now!