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The butcher : anatomy of a Mafia psychopath /
Philip Carlo.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Harper, 2010.
description
xix, 298 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.
ISBN
9780061744662
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imprint
New York : Harper, 2010.
isbn
9780061744662
abstract
Discusses the exploits of Tommy Pitera, one of the most notorious hitmen in Mafia history, and DEA agent Jamie Hunt, who brought the killer down, detailing the game of cat and mouse that resulted in Pitera's capture.
catalogue key
8503853
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Philip Carlo was born and raised on the mean streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn-the same streets as Tommy Pitera. Carlo is the author of the bestsellers The Night Stalker, Gaspipe, and The Ice Man. He lives with his wife, Laura, in New York City.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-09-28:
A veteran chronicler of the mafiosi, Carlo (The Ice Man) turns his attention to Tommy "Karate" Pitera, a brutal capo in the Bonanno crime family who allegedly killed 60 people. Carlo traces the rise of Pitera, born in 1954 into a modest Brooklyn family, to an honored place with the Bonannos, whose reputation for widespread drug peddling and bloody rubouts struck fear in their rivals. After spending two years in Japan, Pitera returned home with mastery in martial arts, efficiency in killing and a love for drama, often dressing as a rabbi, a woman or in other wacky disguises to score a hit. The other fascinating character of this gangster saga is Jim Hunt, a tough DEA officer, who assembles a dragnet of smart methods, snitches and turncoats, and snares Pitera and his crew after several savage murders. Carlo's scalding depiction of this mob mad man is enhanced by 16 unpublished photos not seen by PW, but apparently so gruesome Carlo feels compelled to warn readers in an author's note. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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'... the inside information about the lifestyle, rituals, killings and betrayals is priceless.An authoritative look at a once-rampant predator now at bay.' (Kirkus Reviews)
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Summaries
Main Description
Tommy “Karate” Pitera was not like other mafiosi. A capo in the notorious Bonanno family-a deadly martial artist highly skilled with knives and other lethal weapons-Pitera murdered his way to becoming one of the premier assassins in the New York mafia during the 1980s. He didn't just whack peop≤ he diabolically made them disappear forever. In hushed whispers people spoke of Pitera's secret burial grounds and the grotesque things he did to his victim's bodies. If the Mafia had a Jeffrey Dahmer, it was surely Tommy Pitera. Offering the first-ever look at the life and crimes of Tommy Pitera, New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo exposes the man behind some of the most horrific murders in Mafia history-and tells the story of the heroic investigator who brought him down. Cloaked in the bloody history of La Cosa Nostra, The Butcher is Carlo's most frightening portrayal yet of the depraved depths within a psychopath's mind.
Main Description
Tommy Karate Pitera was not likeother mafiosi. A capo in the notoriousBonanno family-a deadlymartial artist highly skilled with knives andother lethal weapons-Pitera murdered hisway to becoming one of the premier assassinsin the New York mafia during the 1980s.He didn't just whack peop≤ he diabolicallymade them disappear forever. In hushedwhispers people spoke of Pitera's secret burialgrounds and the grotesque things he did tohis victim's bodies. If the Mafia had a JeffreyDahmer, it was surely Tommy Pitera. Offering the first-ever look at the life andcrimes of Tommy Pitera, New York Timesbestselling author Philip Carlo exposes theman behind some of the most horrific murdersin Mafia history-and tells the story ofthe heroic investigator who brought himdown. Cloaked in the bloody history of LaCosa Nostra, The Butcher is Carlo's mostfrightening portrayal yet of the depraveddepths within a psychopath's mind.
Main Description
Tommy "Karate" Pitera was not like other mafiosi. A capo in the notorious Bonanno family-a deadly martial artist highly skilled with knives and other lethal weapons-Pitera murdered his way to becoming one of the premier assassins in the New York mafia during the 1980s. He didn't just whack people; he diabolically made them disappear forever. In hushed whispers people spoke of Pitera's secret burial grounds and the grotesque things he did to his victim's bodies. If the Mafia had a Jeffrey Dahmer, it was surely Tommy Pitera. Offering the first-ever look at the life and crimes of Tommy Pitera, New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo exposes the man behind some of the most horrific murders in Mafia history-and tells the story of the heroic investigator who brought him down. Cloaked in the bloody history of La Cosa Nostra, The Butcher is Carlo's most frightening portrayal yet of the depraved depths within a psychopath's mind.
Main Description
Tommy Karate Pitera was not like other mafiosi. A capo in the notorious Bonanno family-a deadly martial artist highly skilled with knives and other lethal weapons-Pitera murdered his way to becoming one of the premier assassins in the New York mafia during the 1980s. He didn't just whack people; he diabolically made them disappear forever. In hushed whispers people spoke of Pitera's secret burial grounds and the grotesque things he did to his victim's bodies. If the Mafia had a Jeffrey Dahmer, it was surely Tommy Pitera.Offering the first-ever look at the life and crimes of Tommy Pitera, New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo exposes the man behind some of the most horrific murders in Mafia history-and tells the story of the heroic investigator who brought him down. Cloaked in the bloody history of La Cosa Nostra, The Butcher is Carlo's most frightening portrayal yet of the depraved depths within a psychopath's mind.
Table of Contents
Author's Notep. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Cast of Charactersp. xv
Map of Gravesend and Bensonhurstp. xviii
Prologuep. 1
Seeds
Sanctuaryp. 7
Dark Secretsp. 12
It's Good to Know Karatep. 16
The Making of a Dragon Slayerp. 24
The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Treep. 32
Cherry Blossoms and Samuraip. 39
The Bonannosp. 44
Killers Fear Him
The Green Hornet and the Bonannosp. 53
The Bonanno Vampirep. 57
The Perfect Stormp. 59
Armed, Dangerous, and Aggressivep. 61
Gravesend: The Cemeteryp. 76
Buy and Bustp. 79
Pizza Twop. 87
Street Monkeyp. 96
The Vampire of Avenue Sp. 101
Surveillancep. 105
Phyllisp. 109
Three-Time Loserp. 113
Group 33p. 117
The Guvenarosp. 119
The Gravediggerp. 123
The Art of Walk-and-Talksp. 126
Happenstancep. 138
Party Girlp. 143
Speedballsp. 146
Shoulda, Coulda, Wouldap. 151
No Remorse, No Conscience, No Scruplesp. 158
Fire-Breathing Dragonp. 159
The Loss of a Tentaclep. 163
The Body in the Alleyp. 165
The Cleanerp. 172
"You're Not My Boss"p. 175
Dynamic Duop. 182
Stick Shiftp. 186
Willie Boyp. 192
The Garagep. 196
B & Ep. 198
Ratsp. 204
The Beat Goes On
The Cop Killerp. 211
Spider's Webp. 226
1-900-Fuck-Mep. 232
He's a Real Bad Dudep. 235
Day Tripp. 239
The Rock of Gibraltarp. 241
The Meatwagonp. 246
Lion's Sharep. 248
DUIp. 255
Revelationsp. 260
Traumas and Trials
The William T. Davis Wildlife Refugep. 277
Cheap Suitcasesp. 280
The Execution of Tommy Karate Piterap. 284
Tight-Lipped Piterap. 287
The United States of America Versus Piterap. 288
Yea or Nayp. 293
Epiloguep. 297
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