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Mobfather

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Seldom has a book given readers intimate access into the lives of the unsung victims of organized crime: the wives and children of Mafia men. Mobfather is the shocking true story of two such innocent bystanders - Maryanne DelGiorno and her young son, Bobby. Caught up in the violent world of the mob, they lived in constant fear for their lives...until Maryanne and Bobby decided to do the impossible: break all ties to the Mafia. Here is the riveting account of a woman who married a penny-ante hood and watched in ...
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Overview

Seldom has a book given readers intimate access into the lives of the unsung victims of organized crime: the wives and children of Mafia men. Mobfather is the shocking true story of two such innocent bystanders - Maryanne DelGiorno and her young son, Bobby. Caught up in the violent world of the mob, they lived in constant fear for their lives...until Maryanne and Bobby decided to do the impossible: break all ties to the Mafia. Here is the riveting account of a woman who married a penny-ante hood and watched in horror as he rose through the ranks of the mob. Here is the tale of Bobby DelGiorno, whose hero-worship of his "glamorous" gangster dad drew him like a magnet into a world of fancy clothes, expensive cars, and horrific bloodshed. And here is the first-hand, never-before-told story of the abuses Bobby suffered at the hands of his father while living under police protection. Based on extensive interviews and thousands of pages of court testimony, award-winning journalist George Anastasia vividly recounts the rise of Tommy DelGiorno into a ruthless soldier for the most violent Mafia family in Philadelphia history - an organization Tommy would eventually turn against as a federal government witness. A compelling and poignant story of a mother and son who withstood the wrath of the mob to save themselves, Mobfather is also the story of a vicious and amoral gangster whose crimes included taking out a contract on his own son's life.

This explosive profile of Tommy Delgiorno, Philadelphia hitman, is the first mob story to really tell what it's like to be "married to the mob." The author is the award-winning author of Blood and Honor.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
During his teenage years in the 1980s, Bobby DelGiorno, whose parents were divorced, had a close relationship with his father, Thomas DelGiorno, who was a big-league hood in Nikky Scarfo's South Philadelphia underworld. ``Tommy Del'' was heavily involved with extortion, loan-sharking, drugs and murder. In this revealing account, Philadelphia Inquirer crime reporter Anastasia ( Blood and Honor ) shows what life with a prominent organized crime figure was like for Bobby and his mother, Maryann Fisher. Based on extensive interviews with both of them, as well as on research into court testimony and previously unreleased FBI files, Anastasia unmasks numerous crime scams and provides an insightful glimpse into the anguish of being the son of a man who was more comfortable with killers than with his own kin. Bobby and his older brother, Tommy Jr., were given new identities when their father became a government informer in the late 1980s, but they have recently returned to their former Philadelphia neighborhood. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558170438
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

George Anastasia

George Anastasia has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the coveted Sigma Delta Chi Award for magazine reporting for this coverage of the Thomas Capano-Anne Marie Fahey murder. A reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, he is also the author of four previous books, including The Summer Wind, his acclaimed account of the Capano case. He lives with his wife in southern New Jersey.

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