The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath

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Written by the bestselling author of The Ice Man, The Butcher is a gripping and disturbing fly-on-the-wall account of the US Drug Enforcement Administration's four-year hunt to bring down Tommy 'Karate' Pitera, a drug-dealing, murderous capo in the Bonanno crime family.

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 60 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 will send shivers down the spine of the most hardened reader.

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"Mafia master Carlo is the unrivalled king of true crime writing. He examines Pitera's psyche with forensic scrutiny but stops short of glamorising his subject. Grisly and gruesome, Scorcese should definitely buy up the movie rights" ( News of the World)

"Engrossing and chilling . . . a fast-moving and morbidly fascinating story" ( Booklist)

"With brutal honesty, Philip Carlo writes from the heart" (Robert De Niro on Philip Carlo's work)

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To be adapted into a major motion picture with a screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi ( Goodfellas, Casino)

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 198 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The New York Times bestselling author of Gaspipe and The Ice Man, Phillip Carlo returns with a hair-raising portrait of arguably the most depraved psychopath in the history of the Mafia, mob enforcer Tommy Karate Pitera. The Butcher tells the riveting true story of a hit man who loved his work too much--a maniac believed responsible for more than sixty remarkably brutal murders--whom even organized crime s most cold-blooded assassins feared. Another riveting journey into the darkest corners of the underworld, Carlo s The Butcher is destined to be a true crime classic alongside Wiseguys by Nicholas Pileggi and Underboss by Peter Maas. Bookseller Inventory # ABZ9780061744662

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc. Paperback / softback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath, Philip Carlo, Tommy "Karate" Pitera was not likeother mafiosi. A capo in the notoriousBonanno family--a deadlymartial artist highly skilled with knives andother lethal weapons--Pitera murdered hisway to becoming one of the premier assassinsin the New York mafia during the 1980s.He didn't just whack people; he diabolicallymade them disappear forever. In hushedwhispers people spoke of Pitera's secret burialgrounds and the grotesque things he did tohis victim's bodies. If the Mafia had a JeffreyDahmer, it was surely Tommy Pitera.Offering the first-ever look at the life andcrimes of Tommy Pitera, New York Timesbestselling author Philip Carlo exposes theman behind some of the most horrific murdersin Mafia history--and tells the story ofthe heroic investigator who brought himdown. Cloaked in the bloody history of LaCosa Nostra, The Butcher is Carlo's mostfrightening portrayal yet of the depraveddepths within a psychopath's mind. Bookseller Inventory # B9780061744662

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