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Born in 1943 to Mafia soldier Carmine Minucci and hot-tempered Irish beauty Lucille O'Banion, Frank Minucci's childhood was a nightmare of cruel neglect and horrifying abuse. By the age of sixteen, he'd been shuttled back and forth among thirteen foster homes. By the time he was twenty, he was an ex-convict who the New Jersey State Parole Board predicted would die in he electric chair.
By the 1960s, Minucci had graduated from felon to drug dealer, from wanted criminal to vicious enforcer for the mob. But his violent criminal lifestyle didn't come without a price; eventually, it cost him his family after first wife Mary left him with their four children. And the worst was yet to come. Dangerously addicted to cocaine, he was a heartbeat away from death and surely would have died if it weren't for two things: his new wife, Patty. And God.
Collapsed and near death on the dining room floor, something miraculous happened to Frank Minucci: he saw his whole life pass before him in a vision. Clinging tightly to the woman who believed in him when no one else would, his spirit rose up out of his body and was touched by the divine. In that extraordinary moment, he made a promise to God. If he survived, he would change his life and help others change theirs. For in that moment, Frank Minucci had been transformed. He'd truly been given a second chance.
Brother Frank is the searing story of Frank Minucci's amazing transformation; of his passionate commitment to God; of his tireless mission to help others; and of his ongoing battle with the demons of his past. Inspiring and deeply moving, it is a triumphant tale of good and evil -- a battle waged and won in one man's soul.
Posted June 30, 2001
Posted May 14, 2001