American Desperado: My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine by Jon Roberts

By Jon Roberts

The actual tale of super-criminal Jon Roberts, celebrity of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys. 
 
American Desperado is Roberts’ no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first homicide on the age of 7, turning into a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to ny to become--at age 22--one of the city’s major nightclub impresarios, then traveling to Miami the place in a number of brief years he may upward thrust to develop into the Medellin Cartel’s optimal smuggler.
 
But that’s simply half the tale. 
 
The roster of Roberts’ pals and associates reads like a Who’s Who of the latter half the 20 th century and comprises all people from Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, and O.J. Simpson to Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, and Manuel Noriega.
 
Nothing if no longer colourful, Roberts surrounded himself with attractive ladies, drove his souped-up highway motor vehicle at a most sensible pace of a hundred and eighty miles consistent with hour, shared his mattress with a 200-pound cougar, and hired a 6”6” expert wrestler referred to as “The factor” as his bodyguard.  finally, Roberts grew to become so strong that he attracted the eye of the Republican Party’s management, used to be wooed via them, or even used to be co-opted through the CIA for which he conducted its mystery agenda.
 
Scrupulously documented and relentlessly propulsive, this collaboration among a bloodhound journalist and essentially the most audacious criminals ever is like no different crime e-book you’ve ever learn.

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Nobody came after me. I never got charged with a crime. * I felt nothing. It did surprise me that I shot Ivor. I wasn’t sure I would actually shoot him. I had proved something to myself. I didn’t have a father anymore. But I was a man. I had my dad inside me. * Now called the Park Central Hotel on 870 Seventh Avenue. * The Apalachin Meeting raid on November 14, 1957, was a seismic event in the annals of American crime, prompting congressional hearings and a restructuring of the FBI, which for years under the leadership of J.

I’d driven around with my father and Mr. Tut for years. Driving was no big deal. Next thing I know, I’m on the highway driving across the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan. My friends are laughing. ” Even though I was thirteen years old, my friends knew a shithole on the East Side called the Blue & Gold Tavern* where the bartender didn’t care. ” I had no tolerance. I drank two or three beers, and I was history. Hours later I came to in the back of my stepfather’s Cadillac. One of my friends was driving.

Late at night Jon scrubs the house from top to bottom. Judy says he has always been neat. ” As he mops the floor one night, Jon explains the secret of a perfect shine, which he learned in prison. “Fill the bucket with ice, put the wax on when it’s almost frozen. ” I joke that he cleans the house like it’s a murder scene. Jon tilts his head back and laughs, while keeping his eyes on me. The eyes don’t laugh. Jon is a formidable presence, even in his sixties. Though no taller than five foot ten, he wears tight shirts that show off a shredded and always deeply tanned physique.

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