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The Resource The mob and me : wise guys and the Witness Protection Program, John Partington with Arlene Violet

The mob and me : wise guys and the Witness Protection Program, John Partington with Arlene Violet

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The mob and me : wise guys and the Witness Protection Program
Title
The mob and me
Title remainder
wise guys and the Witness Protection Program
Statement of responsibility
John Partington with Arlene Violet
Title variation
Wise guys and the witness protection program
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Language
eng
Summary
This revealing first person narrative, by one of the founders of the Witness Protection Program and a personal protector to more than five hundred informants, offers an eye opening, dead on authentic perspective on the safeguard institution. How did law enforcement's frustration with the criminal underworld and a serpentine series of hit or miss rules and mistakes give rise to one of the most significant and endlessly fascinating government run programs of the 20th century? In 1967, the author, a U.S. Marshal was given the task of overseeing the protection of the wife and young daughter of renowned mobster Joe "The Animal" Barboza, now an informant with a bounty on his head. It wasn't Partington's first time guarding underworld witnesses. But this time was different. It was at the behest of Senator Bobby Kennedy that Partington became the architect of a new high threat program to get the bad guys to testify against the worse guys. Lifelong protection in exchange for the conviction of the upper echelon of organized crime would require a permanent identity change for every member of the witness's family, a battery of psychological tests for re assimilation, and a total, devastating obliteration of all ties with the past. With no blueprint for success, it created a logistical nightmare for the author. He would have to make up the rules as he went along, and he did so without the luxury of knowing whom he could really trust at any given time. And so, the Witness Protection Program was born. The account he tells of the next thirty years of his life is a never before seen portrait of members of the underworld and law enforcement, from Joe Valachi, the first mobster to violate the "omerta, " the sacrosanct code of silence, to high profile informant and NYPD narcotics detective Bob Leuci, immortalized in Prince of the City. He reveals the details of the protection provided such significant figures as Watergate players to Howard Hunt and John and Maureen Dean. Ultimately, he delivers the unvarnished truth of the Program, from the heavily shielded delivery of witnesses to trial, to countless death threats, to managing an ever rotating crew of U.S. Marshals, to the step by step procedure of reinventing his sometimes dangerous, sometimes terrified charges and their families as uncomplicated suburbanites. These would be the guarded new neighbors just across the street bearing secret histories, uncomfortable actors in a play that would run for the rest of their lives. Lifting a cloak of confidentiality and controversy, this book immerses readers in the rarified, misunderstood world of Witness Protection, at once human, dangerous, intimate, surprising, and stone cold violent
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BTCTA
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Partington, John
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Violet, Arlene
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  • Witnesses
  • Mafia
Label
The mob and me : wise guys and the Witness Protection Program, John Partington with Arlene Violet
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The beginning -- New roommate -- First trial: treachery among thieves -- Christmas: the calm before the storm -- Second trial: the Godfather's turn -- Third trial: Henry Tameleo times two -- Moving on -- Banking on it -- Armored truck heists -- Running up stocks -- Another kind of social security -- Horsing around -- The mob's piggybank: union pension funds -- Uncle Sam, can you spare a dime? -- Prince of the city -- Bloody but unbowed -- Cop wannabe -- Splitting at the seams -- When witnesses want more -- Management tensions -- Relapse -- Reform -- A surprising reinforcement -- Reflections
Control code
1254743
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Gallery Books hardcover edition
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781439167762
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1254743
  • (OCoLC)464593404
Label
The mob and me : wise guys and the Witness Protection Program, John Partington with Arlene Violet
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The beginning -- New roommate -- First trial: treachery among thieves -- Christmas: the calm before the storm -- Second trial: the Godfather's turn -- Third trial: Henry Tameleo times two -- Moving on -- Banking on it -- Armored truck heists -- Running up stocks -- Another kind of social security -- Horsing around -- The mob's piggybank: union pension funds -- Uncle Sam, can you spare a dime? -- Prince of the city -- Bloody but unbowed -- Cop wannabe -- Splitting at the seams -- When witnesses want more -- Management tensions -- Relapse -- Reform -- A surprising reinforcement -- Reflections
Control code
1254743
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First Gallery Books hardcover edition
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9781439167762
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1254743
  • (OCoLC)464593404

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