The immigration is understandable. America is, after all, the land of
opportunity, where those who are ambitious can rise. Most of the young
men who leave depressed, poverty-stricken Sicily, with its stifling
traditions and high unemployment, work their way toward this goal in
their new homeland by digging ditches, laying bricks, driving taxis or
waiting on tables in restaurants owned by more affluent relatives. But
a few do not. Their choice of employer: the Mafia.
Cesare ("Tall Guy") Bonventre was one of the latter. When he
entered the U.S. 16 years ago from Castellammare del Golfo at the age
of 17, he...
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