EXCERPT FROM CRADLE OF CRIME BOOK


An unexpected phone call came one day from Ms. Green, a woman I’d contacted with the INS about Dad’s files. She’d located them and agreed to give me copies of the five thousand pages! There was no going back now. Ed Becker told me that the INS most likely had copies of the FBI investigation, […]

EXCERPT FROM CRADLE OF CRIME BOOK


  Submerged in film and gangster history, assembling  photographs of my father’s movie star friends,  his gangsters’ friends, photographs of the nightclubs he frequented, I pasted these into a collage and posted it above my desk. I played Tommy Dorsey and all the big band leaders of the thirties records imagining these props would provoke […]

JOHNNY ROSELLI – MURDERED?


I met Johnny for the first time at my mother’s funeral. He told she was a saint. A blue Ford sedan with tinted windows pulled up in front of a bar in Biscayne Bay. The driver Tony, stared out the windshield looking beyond the boundaries made by man. Two of his men, sat in silence […]

JOHNNY ROSELLI, THE BENEVLOVENT BOSS


My dad was Johnny’s pal, close, like brothers, all through their life. Uncle Johnny was my hero, he calmed my dad down, and he loved my mother because he knew she was a saint, and he was immensely religious.  This is how I imagined his murder. A blue Ford sedan with tinted windows pulled up […]

“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE MAFIA”


Growing up the daughter of a gangster meant that I would remain a  little girl forever. My father died when I was 29, but emotionally I was still a teenager. Had I had known that I was seated next to one of the most powerful and influential men in the  Mafia, Johnny Roselli,   then […]