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The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath | [Philip Carlo]

The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath

Born in 1954 and raised in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Tommy Pitera was a thin boy with a high-pitched voice who was bullied because of his feminine voice. As a teenager, he became obsessed with martial arts and with a religious fervor began studying karate to protect himself. After winning a karate tournament, Pitera traveled to Japan, where he was trained by a martial arts expert for three years.
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Born in 1954 and raised in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Tommy Pitera was a thin boy with a high-pitched voice who was bullied because of his feminine voice. As a teenager, he became obsessed with martial arts and with a religious fervor began studying karate to protect himself. After winning a karate tournament, Pitera traveled to Japan, where he was trained by a martial arts expert for three years.

Upon returning home in 1974, Pitera was a very different human being. Quiet and introspective, sullen and aloof, he had developed his body into a fighting machine. He began associating with gangsters from the Bonanno family and was soon dealing drugs on a huge scale, while simultaneously engaging in a killing spree that spanned almost two decades. In 1992, Pitera was sentenced to life in prison for murdering six people and supporting a massive drug-dealing operation. Yet this covered only a fraction of the crimes he committed. Pitera is thought to have murdered more than sixty people, cutting many of his victims into pieces before burying them on Staten Island. Exhaustively researched and written with the cooperation of the DEA agents who hunted Pitera down, The Butcher is the perfect good-versus-evil story and will send shivers down the spine of even the most hardened true-crime reader.

©2009 Philip Carlo; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Mix The Godfather with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and you've got this routine true-crime study of one of the most coldblooded murderers in history." (Kirkus)

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    Marc Worley San Diego, CA USA 10-28-09
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    "Slow and dull"

    The subject is interesting, but the story telling is slow and plodding.

    We know the cops are good and the mob is bad. The author spends a bit too much time explaining the wonderful nature of the cops, leading to boredom.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Ohio, USA 11-22-12
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    "Philip Carlo brings this story to life"
    What made the experience of listening to The Butcher the most enjoyable?

    Dick HIll and Philip Carlo make this a story fascinating with interesting looks into the sick mind of what's really a serial killer more than the typical Mafia hit man. Highly recomended!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Butcher?

    The cold hearted psyche of this man can never be fully understood.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Okemos, MI, USA 08-06-12
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    "This is hilariously bad writing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoyed the book, but partly because it is so badly written that its repetitions, passive voice sentences, the whole trite shebang was amusing. The good thing was the parallel of the stories of the hit man and the DEA officer. But this author actually uses about four adjectives in the place of one and they all mean exactly the same thing.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Butcher?

    Half of the adjectives


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