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. ©2009 Philip Carlo; (P)2009 Tantor
©2009 Philip Carlo; (P)2009 Tantor
"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)
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.
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!
The cold hearted psyche of this man can never be fully understood.
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.
Half of the adjectives
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