The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath

The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath

by Philip Carlo
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The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath by Philip Carlo

Tommy "Karate" Pitera was not like other mafiosi. A capo in the notorious Bonanno family-a deadly martial artist highly skilled with knives and other lethal weapons-Pitera murdered his way to becoming one of the premier assassins in the New York mafia during the 1980s. He didn't just whack people; he diabolically 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.

Offering the first-ever look at the life and crimes of Tommy Pitera, New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo exposes the man behind some of the most horrific murders in Mafia history-and tells the story of the heroic investigator who brought him down. Cloaked in the bloody history of La Cosa Nostra, The Butcher is Carlo's most frightening portrayal yet of the depraved depths within a psychopath's mind.

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ISBN-13: 9780061744662
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 243,946
Product dimensions: 7.12(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.88(d)

About 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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Butcher 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
janesullivan More than 1 year ago
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. Fearless, not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is hard to believe that one person could cause so many deaths in such a methodical way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good flow to the story. Not a court recreation story thank goodness. DN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't read if you don't have a strong stomach and a liking for this kind of book! 
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