In Mobfather, George Anastasia exposes what it really means to be married to the mob—and fathered by it. As revealed in their harrowing personal accounts, life for the wife and sons of Thomas "Tommy Del" DelGiorno became a descent into hell. When Maryann Welch ignored misgivings on her wedding day and plunged into marriage with the small-time gangster, she could not have foreseen how swiftly his greed and bloodlust would propel him to the highest ranks of the South Philadelphia Mafia.
In the end, guilty of a raft of crimes that included multiple murders, Tommy Del served less than a year in prison in exchange for turning government witness during a dozen trials against fellow mobsters.
Revisiting his gangland classic, the author follows up on the fates of all the major players. Based on years of reporting, thousands of pages of court testimony, and extensive interviews, Mobfather takes the reader deep into the heart of corruption .
During his teenage years in the 1980s, Bobby DelGiorno, whose parents were divorced, had a close relationship with his father, Thomas DelGiorno, who was a big-league hood in Nikky Scarfo's South Philadelphia underworld. ``Tommy Del'' was heavily involved with extortion, loan-sharking, drugs and murder. In this revealing account, Philadelphia Inquirer crime reporter Anastasia ( Blood and Honor ) shows what life with a prominent organized crime figure was like for Bobby and his mother, Maryann Fisher. Based on extensive interviews with both of them, as well as on research into court testimony and previously unreleased FBI files, Anastasia unmasks numerous crime scams and provides an insightful glimpse into the anguish of being the son of a man who was more comfortable with killers than with his own kin. Bobby and his older brother, Tommy Jr., were given new identities when their father became a government informer in the late 1980s, but they have recently returned to their former Philadelphia neighborhood. Photos not seen by PW.
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It was a good read but the subject, Tommy Del, is one of the more insidious people to read about. All mobsters are treacherous and awful people, but the Philly mob has most of the worst.
Nobody does it better than George Anastasia! You can read any of his books, and you will never be disappointed. Looking forward to his next one!