A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno by Joseph Bonanno

By Joseph Bonanno

"Friendships, connections, relations ties, belief, loyalty, obedience-this used to be the 'glue' that held us together."

These have been the foundations that the best Mafia "Boss of Bosses," Joseph Bonnano, lived through. Born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Bonnano chanced on his destiny amid the whiskey-running, riotous streets of Prohibition the US in 1924, while he illegally entered the USA to pursue his goals. by way of the age of basically twenty-six, Bonnano turned a Don. He might ultimately take over the hot York underworld, igniting the "Castellammarese War," one of many bloodiest kin battles ever to hit ny City...

Now, during this candid and beautiful memoir, Joe Bonanno-likely a version for Don Corleone within the blockbuster motion picture The Godfather-takes readers contained in the international of the true Mafia. He finds the interior workings of latest York's 5 Families-Bonanno, Gambino, Profaci, Lucchese, and Genovese-and uncovers how the Mafia not just ruled neighborhood companies, but in addition prompted nationwide politics. a desirable glimpse into the realm of crime, A guy of Honor is an unforgettable account of 1 of the main strong crime figures in America's historical past.

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For reasons of privacy, five individuals in this account have been assigned pseudonyms. The names Sherry Cash, Karen Marshall, Jessie Barnes, Joe Collins and Ruth Silvers are not real. Dialogues in the text were reconstructed from interviews as well as from police reports and court transcripts. As in most homicide cases, some individuals have differing memories of the same events. When such conflicts occurred, I based my narrative on considered judgement of the differing claims. On several occasions while writing this book, I was asked why I chose to write about this case.

Gene’s voice and face betrayed him as he turned to his wife. C. Stevenson wants us to meet him at Terri’s place,” he said quietly before looking away. ” “OK,” she replied. She did not ask questions. She did not want to be told anything when there remained the slightest glimmer of hope that the unthinkable had not happened to their daughter. Before leaving, Gene Maness placed a phone call to Attorney Paul Thomas, Terri’s employer, and asked if he would meet them at Terri’s house. Gene Maness could not tell him why.

Michelle lowered her hand, and kept her eyes focused away from the man’s face. Apparently satisfied that his gun would guarantee his victim’s cooperation, the man relaxed his grip around her mouth. ” he ordered. ” Michelle remained still under her attacker, but she was not giving up. She was just waiting for the right opportunity to present itself. “Get up slowly,” he ordered, making a halfhearted attempt to help her out of the blankets. The attacker stood and kept the gun pointed directly at Michelle’s head.

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