Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mafia Book by Brooklyn's Rackets Chief


Mafia Book by Brooklyn’s Rackets Chief Hits Shelves
JAY STREET – A local prosecutor’s outspoken account of investigating organized crime, and how Brooklyn federal prosecutors tried to steal credit from local authorities, hit bookstore shelves Tuesday. Assistant District Attorney Michael Vecchione, chief of the rackets division at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, co-wrote Friends of the Family: The Inside Story of the Mafia Cops Case

The book is a tell-all account of the infamous police corruption case that led to life sentences for former NYPD officers Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, two cops who were on the payroll of Luchese family boss Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso.
The book openly names and criticizes federal prosecutors who Vecchione says took credit for investigations that they didn’t deserve. It was co-written with retired Det. Tommy Dades and writer David Fisher.
A more detailed review of Michael Vecchione’s ”Friends of the Family” and the allegations it makes against federal prosecutors will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.