Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob's Most Feared by Casey Sherman

By Casey Sherman

"Joseph Barboza is the main harmful person known."--FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, 1965

Joe Barboza knew that there have been requisites for buying inducted into the Mafia. You needed to be Sicilian. and also you needed to dedicate a freelance killing. the recent Bedford-born mobster was once a proud Portuguese, now not Sicilian, yet his dream to join l. a. Cosa Nostra proved so robust that he idea he may well create a loophole. If he killed adequate males, if he did sufficient of the Mafia's dirtiest biddings, then they'd haven't any selection yet to make him a Made Man.

Barboza's brutal upward push in the course of one of many deadliest mob wars in U.S. historical past grew to become the stuff of legend, either at the bloodied streets of Boston and within the workplaces of the FBI and the U.S. lawyer common. He took ill pleasure in his crimes, and it grew to become more and more tricky for the mob to maintain the Animal on his leash. yet quickly the hunter turned the hunted. Betrayed by means of the mob and now at the run, Boston's such a lot infamous agreement killer solid a Faustian cut price with unscrupulous FBI agents--a pact that may remodel the U.S. legal justice method. From fake testimony and manipulated facts that despatched mob leaders to loss of life row, to the construction of the Witness safeguard application so the feds might defend their prized, cold-blooded witness, this used to be the bad, dramatic first act in a narrative of homicide and FBI corruption nonetheless being performed out at the present time within the information and the court docket with the seize and trial of Whitey Bulger. Barboza's legacy, buried for years because of the murders or deaths of its contributors, is ultimately coming to mild and being instructed in its unvarnished brutality by way of certainly one of America's Most worthy real crime writers.

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Suddenly, a slightly built and bespectacled man made his way to the bar. Wearing a pair of black suspenders and white socks, Henry Tameleo had the meek look of an accountant. In reality, he was the underboss of the New England Mafia, or “The Office,” as it was called; he held sway over everything that happened inside the Ebb Tide Lounge. Tameleo was normally an even-tempered mobster. Associates called him the Referee, for his ability to settle disputes calmly. Tameleo’s trademark cool exterior was not on display tonight.

Many even saw their wages triple at the height of the boom. The prosperity was short-lived, however. High salaries for mill executives and overproduction combined to create a major drop in revenue. But mill officials never considered tightening their own belts; instead, the losses were handed down to the workers, who were ordered to take a 10 percent cut in pay. Outraged textile workers took to the streets upon hearing the decision, and soon thereafter a labor strike was born. Some 20,000 textile workers, many of them Portuguese, walked out of the mills and off the job for six months.

Joe’s only solace came in the companionship of his wife and their young daughter; both had been forced into hiding with him, and the marshals had sworn to give up their own lives to protect them. Would their protection be enough? It was a question Barboza asked himself again and again. He had never before had to depend on anyone else for his own safety. It was a foreign concept to him. He had always been the predator, an animal stalking its prey. But now he was the quarry—he was the kill. In the eyes of La Cosa Nostra, Joe Barboza had become the most wanted man in America.

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