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Blood covenant : the Michael Franzese story
Publication Information:
New Kensington, PA. : Whitaker House, ©2003.
Physical Description:
404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note to the reader -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Book one : The old life -- Photo insert -- Book two : The new life in Christ -- Epilogue -- From Cammy -- Afterword -- Appendix.
"Just a few years ago, mafia boss, Michael Franzese was named one of the biggest money earners the mob had seen since Al Capone, by Vanity Fair. At the age of 35, Fortune Magazine listed him as number 18 on its list of the Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bossesœ, just 5 behind John Gotti. Avoiding traditional mob domains, Michael masterminded brilliant scams on the edge of the legitimate business world. From auto dealerships and union kickbacks, to financial services and the sports and entertainment industries, to a multi-billion dollar gasoline tax scheme, he earned millions in cash every week at his peak. Not surprisingly, Michael quickly became the target of Manhattan's famed federal prosecutor, Rudy Guiliani. After promising Michael 100 years behind bars after indicting him on racketeering charges, Rudy only came up empty handed. Escaping four more indictments, it seemed Michael Franzese truly was invincible. While producing Knights of the City, a break dance movie filmed in Florida, Michael met a beautiful dancer from Anaheim, California, named Camille Garcia, whose innocent beauty turned his world upside down. After falling in love and eventually marrying Cammy, she convinced Michael to take the rap on racketeering charges. Michael pled guilty, accepted a 10 year prison sentence and vowed to do the unthinkable walk away from the mob. Nobody of Franzese's rank had ever just walked away and lived. Until now. Michael Franzese is the only high ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away, without protective custodies, and survive. He is now a man on a mission. Determined to use the compelling experiences of his former life for the benefit of corporate executives, professional and student athletes, at-risk youth, church audiences, and for anyone seeking the inspiration to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives, he has become a highly regarded motivator and a source of invaluable information. Franzese candidly describes how he survived dozens of grand jury appearances, 5 major racketeering indictments, 5 criminal trials, 7 years in prison and a Mafia death sentence. He tells how he engaged bankers, corporate executives, union officials and professional and student athletes in a wide variety of financial scams. His open and honest presentations are fresh and unique. Audiences are captivated by stories of his personal experiences in organized crime and genuinely affected by his powerful anti-crime messages and eye opening revelations."
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Mobster Michael Franzese had it all - money, power, prestige. The he did the unthinkable. He quit the mob. Find out how and why Michael did what no one else managed to do - and live.

Table of Contents

Note to the Readerp. 9
Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 15
Book 1 The Old Lifep. 21
Photo Insertp. 201a
Book 2 The New Life in Christp. 253
Epiloguep. 377
From Cammyp. 383
Afterwordp. 387
Appendixp. 399