Vincent "Chin" Gigante.
He started out as a professional boxer - until he found his true calling as a ruthless contract killer. His doting mother's pet name for the boy evolved into his famous alias, "Chin", a nickname that struck fear throughout organized crime as he routinely ordered the murders of mobsters who violated the Mafia code.
Vincent Gigante was hand-picked by Vito Genovese to run the Genovese Family when Vito was sent to prison. Chin raked in more than $100 million for the Genovese Family, all while evading federal investigators. At the height of his power, he controlled an underworld empire of close to 300 made men.
And yet Vincent Gigante was, to all outside appearances, certifiably crazy. A serial psychiatric hospital outpatient, he wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in a ratty bathrobe and slippers. He urinated in public, played pinochle in storefronts, and hid a second family from his wife. On 22 occasions, he admitted himself to a mental hospital. It took nearly 30 years of endless psychiatric evaluations by a parade of puzzled doctors for federal authorities to finally bring him down.
©2016 Larry McShane (P)2016 Tantor
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I mainly listen to audiobooks while I'm at work since I rarely have time to read. It helps drown out the voices in my head.
If you enjoy the fact he pretended to be crazy being repeated for about 10 hrs this is your book. The author should've pulled the plug a month into it (assuming it took longer than that) when we realized there was very little data about the subject. The only enjoyable parts were taken from other MUCH more interesting subjects Sammy Gravano and Phil Leonetti- both wrote MUCH MUCH better books.
My main complait it how little info is here. It's just repetitive and largely uninteresting.
The italian one.
Audible has a free audiobook the 'Mafia Prince' by Phil Leonetti that's great. Listen to that instead.
This would be a good introduction to the New York mafia for someone with an interest but not much background information. If, like me, you've read more than a few books or seen a handful of mob documentaries, "Chin" will be largely a recap of stories frequently told elsewhere in literature and on the small screen.
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