For The Sins of My Father: A Mafia Killer, His Son, and the Legacy Of A Mob Life-Albert DeMeo
January 18, 1983-The body of Roy DeMeo is found in the trunk of his Cadillac parked on a residential street in Brooklyn, New York. DeMeo was shot seven times and the murder was nothing short of brutal. The crime was the topic of news reports throughout the city. DeMeo, who was well-known in Mafia circles and to law enforcement, is credited as being part of a hit team that fulfilled numerous murder contracts for the Gambino Crime family. But he was also a family man; a husband and father of three children whom he left behind at the time of his death on that cold January night. His oldest child and only son, Albert, gives us his recollections of what it was like to live with the man who so many feared on the street. The DeMeo that we see at home through Albert’s eyes is the stereotypical American dad, devoted to his wife and children. Of all of the books about life in Mafia that I’ve read, this one stands out as unique. Albert doesn’t glorify the life or give away any major secrets. However we do see some familiar characters such as Nino Gaggi, Dominick Montiglio and the notorious Gemini twins, Anthony Senter and Joey Testa. And readers familiar with the stories of those mobsters will pick up on things throughout the book.
Fiercely protected by his father, Albert’s story is of a son who deeply loved his father and struggled with the realization of what his father did for a living, the crimes he committed and his violent murder. The life of a gangster is not for the faint at heart. And when it’s over, the fall out is often heartbreaking, tragic and in some cases deadly. In this case, we follow a young boy on his path to become a man, losing and finding himself in the process. And for Mafia buffs, this side of Demeo is often untold and unknown by the mainstream public.