The Mob and Me

The Mob and Me

Wise Guys and the Witness Protection Program

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2010
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This revealing first person narrative, by one of the founders of the Witness Protection Program and a personal protector to more than five hundred informants, offers an eye opening, dead on authentic perspective on the safeguard institution. How did law enforcement's frustration with the criminal underworld and a serpentine series of hit or miss rules and mistakes give rise to one of the most significant and endlessly fascinating government run programs of the 20th century? In 1967, the author, a U.S. Marshal was given the task of overseeing the protection of the wife and young daughter of renowned mobster Joe "The Animal" Barboza, now an informant with a bounty on his head. It wasn't Partington's first time guarding underworld witnesses. But this time was different. It was at the behest of Senator Bobby Kennedy that Partington became the architect of a new high threat program to get the bad guys to testify against the worse guys. Lifelong protection in exchange for the conviction of the upper echelon of organized crime would require a permanent identity change for every member of the witness's family, a battery of psychological tests for re assimilation, and a total, devastating obliteration of all ties with the past. With no blueprint for success, it created a logistical nightmare for the author. He would have to make up the rules as he went along, and he did so without the luxury of knowing whom he could really trust at any given time. And so, the Witness Protection Program was born. The account he tells of the next thirty years of his life is a never before seen portrait of members of the underworld and law enforcement, from Joe Valachi, the first mobster to violate the "omerta," the sacrosanct code of silence, to high profile informant and NYPD narcotics detective Bob Leuci, immortalized in Prince of the City. He reveals the details of the protection provided such significant figures as Watergate players to Howard Hunt and John and Maureen Dean. Ultimately, h
Publisher: [Solon, Ohio] : Playaway Digital Audio : [Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, LLC, p2010
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 1 sound media player (8 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in
ISBN: 9781616574697
1616574690
Branch Call Number: SWPL 345.73066 Par

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