Deal with the Devil: The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer
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In Deal with the Devil, five-time Emmy Award–winning investigative reporter Peter Lance draws on three decades of once-secret FBI files to tell the definitive story of Greg Scarpa Sr., a Mafia capo who “stopped counting” after fifty murders, while secretly betraying the Colombo crime family as a Top Echelon FBI informant.
Lance traces Scarpa’s shadowy relationship with the FBI all the way back to 1960, when his debriefings went straight to J. Edgar Hoover. In forty-two years of murder and racketeering, Scarpa served only thirty days in jail thanks to his secret relationship with the Feds.
This is the untold story that will rewrite Mafia history as we know it —a page-turning work of journalism that reads like a Scorsese film. Deal with the Devil includes more than 130 illustrations, crime scene photos, and never-before-seen FBI documents.
to get indicted: On December 19, 1991 advised SSA R. LINDLEY DE VECCHIO that the PERSICO faction is only looking to hit ORENA faction officials, and members connected to Billy CUTOLO. Source said CUTOLO’s crew is not highly regarded as a result of the hits on Black Sam NASTASI, and on the kid who worked in the bagel store. The source said numerous members have questioned CUTOLO’s methods, noting that killing “civilians” has brought a lot of law enforcement pressure to the day to day criminal
murdered on Scarpa’s orders.19 Yet in 1979 Scarpa agreed to let Linda carry on a torrid sexual relationship with Larry Mazza, a handsome eighteen-year-old delivery boy—and later made Mazza his protégé, schooling him in the crimes of loan sharking, bank robbery, and homicide.20 “I started out one way and ended up with the devil,” Mazza later said.21 The former grocery worker expressed shock when Scarpa once suggested to him that they kill the mother of a mob turncoat in order to demonstrate “what
we’ve uncovered in this investigation, DeVecchio’s renewed attention to the war probe makes sense. After all, Carmine Sessa had been Greg Scarpa’s surrogate in the conflict. He was now confessing to Tomlinson that he committed thirteen murders and that “Scarpa Sr. was involved in seven or eight of those homicides.”15 More important, as Tomlinson related in his sworn OPR affidavit, “at least two or three of the killings were done because Scarpa Sr. had told Sessa that the victim was going to
People v. R. Lindley DeVecchio, memorandum of law, Douglas Grover, January 29, 2007. 78. Peter Lance, Cover Up: What the Government Is Still Hiding About the War on Terror (New York: ReganBooks, 2004), 84. 79. Bill Moushey, “Switching Sides,” Post-Gazette, December 1, 1998. 80. Lance, Cover Up, 87, citing Fredric Dannen, “The G-Man and the Hit Man,” New Yorker, December 16, 1996. 81. Linda Stasi, “Show’s Finale Fires ‘Blanks,’” New York Post, June 11, 2007: “With his wife and the giggling
he paid an undercover agent $9,000 in cash. On the public record, however, Scarpa was consistent. In 1984 and ’85, he filed tax returns with the IRS listing his occupation as “gambling.” On the 1984 1040 he declared an income of $27,400 and a year later that number had grown to $36,200, which broke down to roughly $700 a week.25 Scarpa told the lawyers representing the hospital that his last official job had been at the age of twenty-seven or twenty-eight, when he was “employed by the United