He was one of the most decorated cops in the history of NYPD. From his "wiseguy" relatives, he learned the meaning of honor and loyalty. From his fellow cops, he learned the meaning of betrayal.
His father, Ralph "Fat the Gangster" Eppolito, was stone-cold Mafia hit-man. Lou Eppolito, however, chose to live by different code; he chose the uniform of NYPD. And he was one of the best -- a good, tough, honest cop down the line. Butu even his sterling record, his headline-making heroism, couldn't protect him when the police brass decided to take him down. Although completely exonerated of charges that he had passed secrets to the mob, Lou didn't stand a chance. They had taken something from him they couldn't give back: his dignity and his pride.
Now, here's the powerful story, told in Lou Eppolito's own words, of the bloody Mafia hit that claimed his uncle and cousin...of his middle-of-the-night meeting with "Boss of Bosses" Paul Castellano...of one good cop who survived eight shootouts and saved hundreds of victims, who was persecuted, prosecuted, and ultimately betrayed by his own department. Full of hard drama and gritty truth, Mafia Cop gives a vivid, inside look at life in the Family, on the force, and on the mean streets of New York.
Eppolito grew up with the mob. His father, a brother and cousins were made men. He learned Mafia values of honor and respect. Yet after his father's death Eppolito joined the New York City police. He and Drury (coauthor of Fatso ) here record the explosive process of Eppolito's ``betrayal'' by the NYPD. Eppolito, who retired from the force in 1989, never stopped being a street kid, as fast with his mouth as with his fists. The 11th most decorated cop in the city's history, he is seen as a hot-headed policeman beating up junkies and other ``perps,'' a cop who nevertheless was a hero to the many he helped. Still, the Internal Affairs Division charged him with giving a Mafia ``pal'' confidential police reports. Eppolito was exonerated but here concludes that the Mafia knows more than the NYPD about honor and respect. His father used to instruct him, ``Never make . . . una brutta figura , a bad showing.'' As this account suggests, it's a lesson Eppolito learned well. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
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Excellent, simply Excellent. I read a lot about the mafia and this one tops the list. Being a retired Police Captain from So. California, I could easily follow the Plot and the officers actions.
Phil, Grants Pass, Oregon
Lies and tall tales from a corrupt cop.
Eppolito is now serving life in federal prison, alongside his equally corrupt partner Caracappa. This book was put out right after he retired from NYPD, and is full of stories that are either outright lies, or have been exaggerated to make it appear that Eppolito was some sort of avenging angel. In reality, his arrest record was abysmal, and most of the commendations he crows about were the result of him submitting memos requesting commendations. The fact that he was on the mob payroll, committed multiple murders, and also framed innocent people during his career is ignored in this quest to portray him as some sort of hero cop.
Try one of the other books about the Eppolito/Caracappa/Casso alliance for more accurate information.
I'm also a retired LEO from the NY area, and this guy was a disgrace and an embarassment to honest cops everywhere.