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A&E Biography – Mobsters: Series 3 (2011) 2of6 Big Joey Massino

A E Biography Mobsters Series 3 2of6 Big Joey Massino
Keep your friends close…and your enemies closer. They are the men whose life stories read like the script of a Hollywood gangster movie: made men, Mafiosi… mobsters. It is a profession where promotion can be achieved at the pull of a trigger and where the spoils of success can be unimaginable wealth. It is also a way of life where your closest allies may prove to be your most dangerous foes and where the penalties for failure can mean life in prison – or even worse.
Mobsters features the true stories behind the mob legends that have ruthlessly clawed and fought their way to their own precarious versions of the American Dream. Investigating their violent lives, their struggles to grab and hold on to power, wealth and prestige, as well as ultimately, their violent deaths, as justice prevails.
Season 3 examines the lives of six notorious gangsters – Danny Greene, “Big Joey” Massino, Tommy “Karate” Pitera, Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso, and Albert Anastasia – as well as the “Mafia cops” Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa.
These men all created a reputation for themselves among their peers, reaching legendary status in the criminal underworld. This series gives an insight to life as a gangster that goes behind the “glamorous” perceptions as sometimes portrayed in modern movies and paints a real picture of life in the mob in all its gritty, harsh reality.

Produced by Towers Productions, Inc. for BIO, The Biography Channel

Part 1: Danny Greene
An Irishman through and through, Danny Greene’s brazen, Celtic-warrior attitude brought him into fiery conflict with the Cleveland mafia throughout the 1960s and ’70s, resulting in a bombing war that would eventually destroy them both. He began his criminal career as president of the Cleveland dockworkers union, quickly transforming the port into a lucrative racket–and himself into a feared Irish mobster.


Part 2: “Big Joey” Massino
After New York’s Bonanno mob family was nearly destroyed by an undercover FBI agent, Joseph “Big Joey” Massino brought them back to prominence and became the only major Mafia boss left on the streets…the “Last Don.”


Part 3: Tommy “Karate” Pitera
In the 1980’s, Tommy Pitera became one of the most violent made men of all time, but betrayal by one of his closest friends would bring the mob killer to justice. He was considered a different kind of tough guy because unlike other mob hitmen and henchmen, he used karate on his victims and enemies. This earned him the nickname Tommy “Karate” Pitera.


Part 4: “Mafia Cops”: Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa
This episode tells the story of how why, where, and when they became two of the most corrupt cops in the New York Police Department’s history. In the 1980s, New York City cops Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa were secretly working as hired guns for the Mafia in a scheme that would go down as the worst case of police corruption in NYPD history.


Part 5: Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso
During the 1970s, Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso rose through the ranks of the New York Mafia to become underboss of the Lucchese family, raking in millions of dollars through elaborate scams and killing anyone who got in his way.


Part 6: Albert Anastasia
Albert Anastasia, dubbed the Lord High Executioner of the Underworld, is the subject of this installment of the series. As leader of Murder, Inc., Albert Anastasia was one of the most vicious and feared mob bosses of the twentieth century. Italian-born Albert Anastasia jumped ship in Brooklyn in 1919, when he was 15 years old. Hardened by life’s injustices, Anastasia killed a fellow longshoreman and was recruited by the mob while on death row.

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