Find sources: — · · · · August 2016 In September 1976 he volunteered to infiltrate the , a job for which his fluency in Italian and the knowledge of mafia idiosyncrasies gleaned from his Paterson background were well-suited. Pistone was selected to be an undercover agent because he was of heritage, fluent in Italian and acquainted with the mob from growing up in New Jersey. He is of heritage, and grew up in. On this series, the secrets of some of the mafia's most notorious outlaws are told by people who brought them to justice. He was brutally assassinated by the Mob as a punishment. . He also said that he did not under pressure and was aware of the Mafia's codes of conduct and system.
Pistone was a consultant on Donnie Brasco to add authenticity to the fictionalized portrayals and settings. The King of Cuba's casinos was on the verge of mob stardom when a revolution destroys his plans. Pistone would spend six years as a low-level jewel thief informing on the goings on inside the mob during some of the most volatile power struggles in organized crime. Pistone stated that he would have become a member of the Bonanno family if he had murdered. Paul Davis has been a student of crime since he was a 12-year-old aspiring writer growing up in South Philadelphia.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The purveyors seemed to stay a step ahead of the pursuers, turning brutal killers into infamous, respected businessman in some segments of society. For this assignment the false identity of Donnie Brasco was created. Mafia's Greatest Hits season 1 episode 8 Donnie Brasco Even today, Joe Pistone lives in hiding. It was intended that the undercover operation last for around six months.
He worked for a year as a teacher at Paterson School No. Andris Kurins and Joseph F. On this series, the secrets of some of the mafia's most notorious outlaws are told by people who brought them to justice. In 2008, Italian artist interviewed Pistone in her video The Undercover Man. Pistone was a pioneer in deep long-term undercover work.
After serving in the Navy, he went on to do security work as a Defense Department civilian employee and he later became a freelance writer. He attended Paterson State College now , obtaining a degree in. The most important of these was with Sonny Black Napolitano, a capo in the Bonnano crime family. He has also written several works of fiction such as Deep Cover, Mobbed Up and Snake Eyes. Pistone, made during the filming of Rossella Biscotti's 2008 film The Undercover Man. He is also a regular contributor to the Washington Times and Counterterrorism magazine. Pistone was responsible for a lucrative business venture in , when he opened and operated the King's Court Bottle Club.
He will not set foot in any location with high Mafia presence. Pistone featured prominently in the mini-series Inside the American Mob. His life was used in an episode of. He adopted the cover of Donnie Brasco, a jewel thief and gradually built up a variety of mob connections. You can also read my Philadelphia Inquirer review of Joseph Pistone's book, The Way of the Wiseguy, via the below link: Note: The top photo is of Joseph Pistone. You can also read his full bio by clicking on the above photo.
A based on Donnie Brasco opened at the Pennsylvania Playhouse. Pistone revisited his experiences as Donnie Brasco in his books 2004 and Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business 2007. When the saw the top leadership of the Five Families sent to prison, the Bonanno family was the only major family whose leadership was not decimated because the family had been kicked off the Commission. I knew that you were much more than just a thief. You were a good friend to Sonny and me. In 1974 he was transferred to New York to work in the truck hijacking unit.
He later moved to the Bonanno family and subsequently developed a close relationship with and , and was tutored in the ways of the Mafia by Bonanno soldier. In September 2012, Pistone testified in Montreal, Quebec at the public inquiry into corruption, as an. Anthony Mirra, who initially introduced Pistone to the family, was also killed. His co-workers, friends, and informants had no idea what had happened to him. You can read Paul Davis' Crime Beat columns, crime fiction and magazine and newspaper pieces on this website. Pistone wrote a novel titled, The Good Guys, with 's son,. But to do that, he would have to kill someone.
Because of his ability to drive trucks and , he was eventually given undercover work infiltrating a vehicle theft ring, an assignment that resulted in over 30 arrests and a greater profile for Pistone within law enforcement. Sonny didn't have any ill feelings toward you. His work has also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and other newspapers, magazines and online publications. He has written extensively about organized crime, street crime, sex crime, cyber crime, drug crime, white collar crime, crime fiction, crime prevention, espionage and terrorism. Getting a handle on organized crime has long been an arduous, frustrating task for law enforcement.