Death, Drugs, and Muscle

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Death, Drugs, & Muscle is the story of a man who lived decades on the right side of the law before making the dangerous choice to enter the dark and dangerous world of drug dealing. After reaching the top and living a lavish lifestyle where sex, drugs, and money were in plentiful supply at all hours of the day, it all came crashing down in one harrowing instant. This is the story of Gregg Valentino, a man who had everything, lost it all, and fought his way back to the top. The book describes Valentino’s ...
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Overview


Death, Drugs, & Muscle is the story of a man who lived decades on the right side of the law before making the dangerous choice to enter the dark and dangerous world of drug dealing. After reaching the top and living a lavish lifestyle where sex, drugs, and money were in plentiful supply at all hours of the day, it all came crashing down in one harrowing instant. This is the story of Gregg Valentino, a man who had everything, lost it all, and fought his way back to the top. The book describes Valentino’s involvement with bodybuilding and its association with steroids and underground behaviour, including the sex and muscle worship trade. Valentino eventually begins dealing drugs himself, and details the dangers and the fallout – including the death of his girlfriend, his arrest, and his rise as an unlikely celebrity. The story is uncensored, no-nonsense, and spares no expense to give the reader a true account of a life marred with murder, tragedy, sex, drugs, and sports.
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"A gripping, uncensored story that even contains hush-hush tales from the underground that include a look at a bizarre sexual fetish culture and celebrities as you have never seen them before. This provocative, harrowing biography uncovers the dark and dangerous world of drug dealing."  —FemaleMuscle.com

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Hush-hush tales from the underground that include a look at a bizarre sexual fetish culture and celebrities as you have never seen them before. This provocative, harrowing biography uncovers the dark and dangerous world of drug dealing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550229219
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 809,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Gregg Valentino is one of the most popular and controversial bodybuilding icons of all time. He is the author of the popular column "Ramblin' Freak" in "Muscular Development Magazine. "He has appeared in more than 200 magazines, including "ESPN Magazine," the "National Enquirer," and "Maxim," as well on numerous television programs, such as the "Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "Ripley's Believe It or Not," the "Tonight Show," and the "Tyra Banks Show." He lives in New York City. Nathan Jendrick is a certified fitness trainer and sports-performance consultant, working with clients ranging from bodybuilders to Olympic gold medalists. He is the author of "Dunk, Doubles, Doping" and "Get Wet, Get Fit." He lives in Lake Tapps, Washington.
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Most people who become an infamous part of history are haunted by a dark past. Whether it was an uneasy childhood or a traumatic event as a teenager, something led them to a life that is so far off the beaten path that it morphed into something evil. Some people use this as an excuse, while others merely point their fingers and say the person was destined to fail. Even worse, some say the person should never have been born. Humanity calls these lapsed people monsters, psychopaths, or even vermin. The law usually calls them felons.

I am a felon, and this is my story. Nothing herein is trumped up, cushioned for effect, or otherwise overstated for shock value. I don’t justify what I’ve done, but neither do I refute it. I’m a man who had it all and watched it get stripped away in one horrifying, numbing incident. I might be convicted in the courts, but many would believe that I was behind a victimless crime. I never hurt anyone, yet so many people hurt me because of my actions.

For years, I was a drug dealer. People hear the term and picture me slinging poison out of baggies stuffed away in the trunk of a beaten–down car. That wasn’t me; I never sold poison. My product could even be regarded as medicinal. For many, it is. I sold hormones. Anabolic steroids were my drug of choice.

In the 1990s, if people were indulging in synthetic forms of what makes up the chemistry of men, they probably got it from me. Maybe not hand to hand, but somewhere along the line I was involved. The operation was big, the profits were large, and the risks were high. Like all things, it eventually came crashing down. And when it did, there was no pretty picture to be painted. Tears had been cried, blood had been shed, lives had been ruined, and the ride came to a screeching halt when I found myself behind bars.

When I was arrested, it was all over the national news. Some newspapers put the name Gregg Valentino in the same sentence as drug kingpins like Pablo Escobar and Manuel Noriega. These guys were traffickers of cocaine and heroin, poisons they knew were taking the life right out of people. I’ve never wavered in my belief that I was selling a safe product. Every night of my life after I started dealing drugs, I slept well, whether on the 1,200–threadcount Egyptian cotton sheets of my New York home or on the paper–thin and stained rag they give you in jail. The one thing that never bothered me was the thought that I had hurt someone.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments VII

Prologue IX

1 The Early Years 1

2 The Life I Almost Had 9

3 Mark Wahlberg 14

4 Andrew Crispo 18

5 Steroids 101 26

6 Meeting Julissa: A Lover and a Partner 34

7 Learning to Live Two Lives 42

8 Unexpected Hold-Up 46

9 Saved by an Angel 57

10 Carelessly Stepping into the Dark Side 65

11 Tears of My Love 73

12 44th and 11th 79

13 A Little Help from a Friend 88

14 Police Assault 93

15 The Most Important Thing 97

16 Samantha 102

17 Losing My Pillar of Strength 106

18 Complete Betrayal 112

19 The End of One Life 118

20 Julissa Punks a Punk 122

21 A Couple of Characters in My Drama 127

22 When the World Ends 131

23 Running on Empty 142

24 Little Death 146

25 Julissa's Ghost 155

26 The End of Life as I Knew It 162

27 Unlikely Celebrity 165

28 On the Inside 173

29 Eugene Barbagallo 179

30 Beginning Anew 183

31 The Synthol Myth 187

32 Media Scandals and Costly Misunderstandings 192

33 A Crazy Little Thing I Called Raven 200

34 My Life Today 216

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    Engrossing read

    Its a litle over the top but a great read.

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    Legendary man

    I was very touched by this pro bodybuilders's story, a must read. God bless this man because i learned a lot from this book. It has opened my eyes on a lot of things, you have to read it for yourself and find out the truth about bodybuilding the media and much more...

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