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The Butcher : Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath

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The New York Times bestselling author of Gaspipe and The Ice Man, Phillip Carlo returns with a hair-raising portrait of arguably the most depraved psychopath in the history of the Mafia, mob enforcer Tommy "Karate" Pitera. The Butcher tells the riveting true story of a hit man who loved his work too much--a maniac believed responsible for more than sixty remarkably brutal murders--whom even organized crime's most cold-blooded assassins feared. Another riveting journey into the darkest corners of the underworld, Carlo's The Butcher is destined to be a true crime classic alongside Wiseguys by Nicholas Pileggi and Underboss by Peter Maas.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 249.47g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061744662
  • 9780061744662
  • 221,525

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Tommy "Karate" Pitera was not likeother mafiosi. A capo in the notoriousBonanno family--a deadlymartial artist highly skilled with knives andother lethal weapons--Pitera murdered hisway to becoming one of the premier assassinsin the New York mafia during the 1980s.He didn't just whack people; he diabolicallymade them disappear forever. In hushedwhispers people spoke of Pitera's secret burialgrounds and the grotesque things he did tohis victim's bodies. If the Mafia had a JeffreyDahmer, it was surely Tommy Pitera.

Offering the first-ever look at the life andcrimes of Tommy Pitera, New York Timesbestselling author Philip Carlo exposes theman behind some of the most horrific murdersin Mafia history--and tells the story ofthe heroic investigator who brought himdown. Cloaked in the bloody history of LaCosa Nostra, The Butcher is Carlo's mostfrightening portrayal yet of the depraveddepths within a psychopath's mind.
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