Deal with the Devil: The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer

Deal with the Devil: The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer

by Peter Lance


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In Deal with the Devil, five-time Emmy Award–winning investigative reporter Peter Lance draws on three decades of once-secret FBI files to tell the definitive story of Greg Scarpa Sr., a Mafia capo who “stopped counting” after fifty murders, while secretly betraying the Colombo crime family as a Top Echelon FBI informant.

Lance traces Scarpa’s shadowy relationship with the FBI all the way back to 1960, when his debriefings went straight to J. Edgar Hoover. In forty-two years of murder and racketeering, Scarpa served only thirty days in jail thanks to his secret relationship with the Feds.
This is the untold story that will rewrite Mafia history as we know it —a page-turning work of journalism that reads like a Scorsese film. Deal with the Devil includes more than 130 illustrations, crime scene photos, and never-before-seen FBI documents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061455360
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 337,921
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Lance is the author of three previous works of investigative journalism, 1000 Years for Revenge, Cover Up, and Triple Cross. A former correspondent for ABC News, he covered hundreds of stories worldwide for 20/20, Nightline, and World News Tonight. Among his awards are the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize and the Sevellon Brown Award from the Associated Press. He lives in California.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part I

1 The Kiss of Death 3

2 A True Machiavelli 12

3 Hitting the Boss 19

4 The Special Goes South 28

5 Sinatra, Capote, and the Animal 36

6 Agent Provocateur 45

7 God, the Mob, and the FBI 58

8 Thirty Days in Forty-Two Years 70

9 The Octopus 83

10 Guns and Rabbis 92

Part II

11 The Royal Marriage 105

12 Going to Hell for This 118

13 Love Collision 126

14 Twenty Grand a Week 139

15 Enter the Secret Service 151

16 Death of a Second Son 162

17 The Case of Cases 174

18 I Shot Him a Couple of Times 184

19 Murder on the Overpass 193

20 A Connection by Blood 201

Part III

21 Rumblings of War 211

22 Death by Wire 221

23 Brains, Butcher, and Bull 229

24 Coup d'État 241

25 Pearl Harbor 253

26 Go Out and Kill Somebody 265

27 The Hit on Nicky Black 279

28 Closing and Reopening "34" 292

29 Who's Going to Win This Thing? 304

30 Scarpa's War 317

Part IV

31 A Grain of Sand on Jones Beach 333

32 Expecting to Go Home 344

33 The OPR 358

34 The Dying Declaration 370

35 Burning a Good Cop 379

36 Gaspipe's Confession 393

37 Insane Mad-Dog Killer 403

38 Organized Crime and Terrorism 416

39 Junior's Second Sting 431

40 The Cover Up Virus 446

Part V

41 Agent of Death 467

42 G-Man Sticks It to DA 482

43 The Son Also Rises 498

Afterword 506

Acknowledgments 527

Appendix A The Principal Figures 532

Appendix B The Marriage Certificate of Gregory Scarpa and Lili Dajani 533

Appendix C Gregory Scarpa Sr.'s Arrest Record 534

Appendix D June 18, 1962, Airtel to J. Edgar Hoover Debriefing of Gregory Scarpa Sr. 536

Appendix E The "Girlfriend 302" 547

Appendix F 302 from Scarpa Jr.'s Sting of Ramzi Yousef 548

Appendix G Ramzi Yousef's "Kite" from the Scarpa Jr.-Yousef Sting 549

Appendix H Judge Reichbach's Decision and Order Dismissing the DeVecchio Case 550

Notes 555

Credits 635

Index 637

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable book about an FBI informant. Not your typical low life informant, Greg Scarpa is a notable in the Colombo crime family. While an informant, Scarpa was also a drug dealer, bank robber, loan shark, and murderer. It is a fascinating book and highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Deal with the Devil, Peter Lance reveals the secret thirty-year relationship between the FBI, and Gregory Scarpa, Sr., a Mafia capo, nicknamed “the Killing Machine” who stopped counting after fifty murders. The FBI enlisted Scarpa Sr. as early as 1960 to provide detailed debriefings on Mafia practices, and activities sent straight to J. Edgar Hoover. Thoroughly documented, Peter Lance proves that the FBI’s playbook against “La Cosa Nostra” was designed, and shaped by what Scarpa Sr. fed them. This was long before the celebrated Valachi hearings. Scarpa Sr. was the first Mafioso to reveal ‘the face of the enemy’ and the true source for Mario Puzo’s Godfather trilogy. Shocking details demonstrate: • Time and time again, the FBI protected Scarpa Sr. • The FBI has blood on their hands as Scarpa Sr. carried out more than twenty-six ‘hits’ while acting as a paid informant. • The Mafia capo was a bigamist, and adulterer who would watch his mistress have sex with the younger man he ‘adopted’ as his own son, and protégé. • Scarpa Sr. punched 666 into his phone to communicate each significant kill. Deal with the Devil is deliciously written for a true Mafioso lover. But more importantly, it is a must read for every American citizen who deserves to know the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There’s an old adage that all an investigative reporter needs is a good sense of smell.  “Deal with the Devil,” the latest true-crime installment by celebrated author Peter Lance is a good case in point.  The central figure in this book is Greg Scarpa, Sr., a Mafia hitman who stopped counting his murder victims after reaching 50 such homicides in a career of Evil that spanned the 1950s through the 1990s.  Scarpa was devoid of any redeeming quality, engaging in every illegal activity of the American Mafia, including dealing drugs to kids.  Scarpa ordered his son Greg Jr. to hold down a young woman, Mary Bari, whom Scarpa brutally murdered in the belief that she MIGHT “rat” on a fellow member of New York’s Colombo Mafia Family.  He would later order his young son Joey to murder his best friend, in the mistaken belief that that young man had turned “rat” on Joey.   Scarpa surpassed Al Capone, Albert Anastasia, “Crazy Joe” Gallo, John Gotti, Sammy Gravano, and even Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso in the quantity and variety of his crimes.  And yet, Scarpa managed most of his adult life to stay out jail. This fact simply does not pass the “smell test," and Lance details the reason behind Scarpa’s success; since the early 1960s, Scarpa secretly - and hypocritically - worked as a “rat,” providing information, much of it false, dubious, or self-serving, to the FBI.  In exchange, Scarpa received protection from prosecution, “blood money,” courtesy of the unsuspecting American taxpayer, and more.   On first reading, this reviewer thought the book too long, but on a second reading - which I recommend, it became obvious that this story was too important, to American History as well as the lessons relevant to today, for the investigator to leave any stone upturned in exposing this horrific and shocking scandal.  Nor was the case of Greg Scarpa unique, an abberation.  Lance uses the similar, parallel case of Whitey Bulger in Boston to show that criminals such as these were aided, abetted, and empowered by numerous FBI Agents and Federal Prosecutors, spanning the course of 5 decades, all on the watch of J. Edgar Hoover and those who came after him.  Both the Boston and New York scandals also have in common an honest cop falsely accused of wrongdoing.  In New York, that victim was Detective Joe Simone, whom Lance devotes considerable attention to in regards to how this decorated cop was framed as mole for the Mob.  It was the inter-section between investigations of domestic crime gangs and international terrorism that Lance first explored in his book “1,000 Years for Revenge,” which captured Lance’s attention on criminals such as Yousef.  From there, Lance simply followed the dots in the intelligence failures that led up to 9/11, detailed in his companion best-sellers “Triple-Cross” and “Cover-up: What the Government is Still Hiding About the War on Terror.”  In “Deal with the Devil,” Lance gives credit where it is due to those others who have exposed these related scandals, notably Fredric Dannen of the New Yorker Magazine, Selwyn Raab of the New York Times, Greg B. Smith of the New York Daily News, and Forensic Intelligence Analyst Angela Clemente. Lance also references a quote from an average citizen, a woman who served on a Jury in one of the Colombo Family War trials in Brooklyn Federal Court, prosecutions which were derailed because of the FBI’s improper relationship with a Mafia hitman; “If the FBI’s like this, Society really is in trouble!”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter lance has done it again !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago