Sam: "Jack, what happened to Pickles two weeks after he broke away from me?"
Jack: "He got killed."
Marty: "The guy in Elizabeth, huh?"
Sam: "Yeah, he was away two weeks. I told him that was what was going to happen to him. So when people don't want to listen . . ."
Marty: "He tried to be a big man?"
The dialogue sounds like a Grade-B gangster movie on late-night television, but the script is from life. It is a chillingly real conversation that took place among three Mafia hoodlums in their hangout. The...