The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo, one of the foremost chroniclers of the New York Mafia and the criminal mind, returns with a shocking exploration of his most twisted and notorious villain yet

Tommy "Karate" Pitera was not like other mafiosi. He was not only a capo in the notorious Bonanno family but also a devoted student of crime—a deadly martial artist who'd been trained in Japan as a teenager. Highly skilled with knives and other lethal weapons, dressed ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo, one of the foremost chroniclers of the New York Mafia and the criminal mind, returns with a shocking exploration of his most twisted and notorious villain yet

Tommy "Karate" Pitera was not like other mafiosi. He was not only a capo in the notorious Bonanno family but also a devoted student of crime—a deadly martial artist who'd been trained in Japan as a teenager. Highly skilled with knives and other lethal weapons, dressed entirely in black, Pitera murdered his way to becoming one of the premier assassins in New York City during the 1980s—he even killed at the behest of John Gotti.

Remorseless and deadly, Pitera took human lives as if he had a God-given right, while at the same time dealing high-grade Sicilian heroin and South American cocaine. There were numerous men within the New York Mafia who killed people, men who weren't afraid of anyone or anything, but all of them looked the other way when they saw Pitera coming. Word on the street was that he didn't just whack people; he made them disappear forever. In hushed whispers people spoke of Pitera's secret burial grounds and the grotesque things he did to his victim's bodies. If the Mafia had a Jeffrey Dahmer, it was surely Tommy Pitera.

Like his father and grandfather before him, Jim Hunt had a gift for bringing down bad guys. During Hunt's stellar career at the DEA, he had arrested his share of criminals and had caught many of the elusive drug lords of New York City. But nothing could have prepared him for what he encountered when he and his elite antidrug unit began investigating Tommy Pitera. What started as a routine investigation into a cocaine and heroin ring in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, grew exponentially as Hunt and his team uncovered the layers of death that surrounded Pitera. Through carefully placed wiretaps, dangerous stakeouts, and fearful informants, Hunt managed to turn Pitera's few confidants against him, but not before Pitera had killed an estimated sixty people.

Offering the first-ever look at the life and crimes of Tommy "Karate" Pitera, New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo exposes the man behind some of the most horrific murders in Mafia history and the heroic investigator who brought him down. Getting inside the minds of both killer and detective, Carlo masterfully details the delicate and deadly game of cat-and-mouse that resulted in the capture of a Mafia killer unlike any other. A tale of murder, drugs, money, and ultimately justice, The Butcher is Carlo's most frightening portrayal yet of the depraved depths within a psychopath's mind.

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As a young man, Tommy "Karate" Pitera landed the perfect job for a psychopathic killer: He became a hit man and drug trafficker for the Bonanno crime family. From the start of his new career, this sadistic murderer approached his job with extreme zeal, not only fulfilling all his homicidal assignments but also adding hits on his own. By the time DEA crime fighter Jim Hunt got the case in the '80s, Pitera's résumé consisted of scores of bloody executions. In The Butcher, prolific crime author Philip Carlo (The Night Stalker; The Ice Man; Confessions of a Mafia Boss) describes the demonic exploits of a hyperactive mob killer.
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Carlo once again delves into the world of the Mafia to bring to light a disturbing portrait of one of the most ruthless killers in criminal history and the series of events that eventually lead to his arrest. Tommy “Karate” Pitera rose from humble beginnings to become the Mafia's top hit man. For over a decade, he settled professional and personal scores, savagely murdering and dismembering some 60 victims. Hill does a fine job in his reading, imbuing long passages of statistics and exposition with just enough emotion to keep the listener interested. His Mafioso accents fit perfectly with the characters, especially his rendition of Pitera's well-noted high-pitched speaking voice, which brings an additional chill to the character and his crimes. A fine listen for any true crime fan. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 28). (Nov.)
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"A fine listen for any true crime fan." —-Publishers Weekly Audio Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061943836
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 102,201
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Philip Carlo was born and raised on the mean streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn—the same streets Tommy Pitera hailed from. There, Carlo earned a Ph.D. in street smarts, and he escaped a life of crime by writing about it with unusual insight. He is the author of the bestsellers The Night Stalker, about notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, and The Ice Man, about infamous Mafia contract killer Richard Kuklinski. Carlo lives with his wife, Laura, in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note xii

Acknowledgments xiii

Cast of Characters xv

Map of Gravesend and Bensonhurst xviii

Prologue 1

Part I Seeds

1 Sanctuary 7

2 Dark Secrets 12

3 It's Good to Know Karate 16

4 The Making of a Dragon Slayer 24

5 The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree 32

6 Cherry Blossoms and Samurai 39

7 The Bonannos 44

Part II Killers Fear Him

8 The Green Hornet and the Bonannos 53

9 The Bonanno Vampire 57

10 The Perfect Storm 59

11 Armed, Dangerous, and Aggressive 61

12 Gravesend: The Cemetery 76

13 Buy and Bust 79

14 Pizza Two 87

15 Street Monkey 96

16 The Vampire of Avenue S 101

17 Surveillance 105

18 Phyllis 109

19 Three-Time Loser 113

20 Group 33 117

21 The Guvenaros 119

22 The Gravedigger 123

23 The Art of Walk-and-Talks 126

24 Happenstance 138

25 Party Girl 143

26 Speedballs 146

27 Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda 151

28 No Remorse, No Conscience, No Scruples 158

29 Fire-Breathing Dragon 159

30 The Loss of a Tentacle 163

31 The Body in the Alley 165

32 The Cleaner 172

33 "You're Not My Boss" 175

34 Dynamic Duo 182

35 Stick Shift 186

36 Willie Boy 192

37 The Garage 196

38 B & E 198

39 Rats 204

Part III The Beat Goes On

40 The Cop Killer 211

41 Spider's Web 226

42 1-900-Fuck-Me 232

43 He's a Real Bad Dude 235

44 Day Trip 239

45 The Rock of Gibraltar 241

46 The Meatwagon 246

47 Lion's Share 248

48 DUI 255

49 Revelations 260

Part IV Traumas and Trials

50 The William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge 277

51 Cheap Suitcases 280

52 The Execution of Tommy Karate Pitera 284

53 Tight-Lipped Pitera 287

54 The United States of America Versus Pitera 288

55 Yea or Nay 293

Epilogue 297

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    My my my

    I laughed. I cried. I laughed then I cried. I'd recommend this to all the cuisines and cuisnettes out there. Riveting, bold, fragrant and seamlessly enticing all within the context.

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    Methodical killer

    It is hard to believe that one person could cause so many deaths in such a methodical way.

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    one long court case

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