Vinny gorgeous: the ugly rise and fall of a New York mobster

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A vain man of good looks, small means, and no family links to the mob, Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano steadily worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph Massino went to the clink in 2003. But at a time when the Mob was crawling with secret operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip, Basciano obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. "I got faith in one guy," he told a group of mobsters during a secretly taped meeting. That man was Joseph Massino, head of the Bonanno borgata. But for all his loyalty, Basciano was still a hot-headed, cold-blooded killer, which led to his arrest. Then, in a remarkable betrayal that shook the Five Families to their foundation, Massino secretly cooperated with the FBI-the first official boss ever to roll over. As a result, Basciano faced the death penalty, but a federal jury, disturbed by the prosecution's use of criminal informants, reached a surprising verdict. 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.
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subject_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws, Basciano, Vincent, Criminals -- United States -- Biography, Mafia -- New York (State) -- New York, Organized crime -- New York (State) -- New York, TRUE CRIME / Organized Crime
title_display Vinny gorgeous : the ugly rise and fall of a New York mobster
title_full Vinny gorgeous : the ugly rise and fall of a New York mobster / Anthony M. DeStefano, Vinny gorgeous : the ugly rise and fall of a New York mobster [electronic resource] / Anthony M. DeStefano
title_short Vinny gorgeous :
title_sub the ugly rise and fall of a New York mobster
topic_facet Basciano, Vincent, Criminals, Mafia, Organized crime