The new article in Ganglandnews this week is about John Franzese jr wearing a wire on his father. I knew John and I was even on his cable TV show. John was a drug addict, who always needed money for food and cigarette's. He never lived up to his fathers accomplishments in the Mafia or what his step brother Michael was able to do. He lived a life of petty crime, drug addiction and mooching. John informed on his own father the legendary Colombo Underboss Sonny Franzese. He gave the FBI information on his meetings and people he met. Sonny was blind in one eye from cataracts and he was approaching 90!
The funny thing is Sonny knew he was an informant and had told on him before. Sonny seems to have had really poor judgement in his later years. Ori Spado was an FBI informant and nobody can dispute that statement. Sonny told people he was not!
Ori used to run around LA with papers showing people that John was a rat. Meanwhile I used to hand out tapes of Ori speaking to the FBI! I would see Ori and John out and about Beverly Hills.
It is a crazy world, the world of the Mafia. I did wear a wire, never on a family member. The crazy thing about John? He was in California, sober with a new life. Then he just walked out and left it all behind.
Many people ask me how am I able to walk around LA and not be afraid. The truth is that these guys use your best friends or family to set you up. I am in the OC and that is not Brooklyn. The movies and TV shows show guys running into homes and restaurant's with machine guns blazing. In reality the Westcoast crips have better firepower.
I guess I will not take a page from John Baudanza or Craig marino and show up at a corner at night.
No sleeping after I open the door for Craig. No going to meetings in a Brooklyn basement.
They kill their friends.