Joe Bruno on the Mob – Sammy “The Bull’s” Daughter to Tell All in a Book.
Yeah, right. If you believe Karen Gravano, a star in the VH1 reality show “Mob Wives,” is going to tell the complete truth about her life as the daughter of Sammy “The Bull/Rat” Gravano, I have a condo I’d like to sell you in Libya.
First of all, I’ve never seen the program “Mafia Wives” and I never will see it. I grew up in New York’s Little Italy and programs like “Mafia Wives” and “The Jersey Shore” do nothing but besmirch the reputations of hard-working Italian/Americans, who are the overwhelmingly vast majority of Italian/Americans in America. So any shows which flaunts the escapades of the “Guidos” or “Guidettes,” I want nothing to do with.
As for Karen Gravano’s book – who cares?
I made the mistake of reading of reading her father’s biography “Underboss” written by Peter Maas in 1997. And as we found out later, the book turned out to be a pack of lies and half truths. How can you believe anything a man like Sammy “The Bull/Rat” says anyway. Or even care.
As for his daughter Karen’s life story, I rather read the Encyclopedia Britannica, from cover to cover. I might not enjoy the actual act of reading the huge tome, but at least I’ll learn something of value.
The story below appeared in the New York Post
Karen Gravano, daughter of mob turncoat Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, has landed a book deal for a tell-all about her life in the Mafia.
Gravano, 38, who’s also starring in the VH1 reality show “Mob Wives,” just snagged a six-figure deal with St. Martin’s Press to write her tome.
According to St. Martin’s, Gravano will discuss “what it was like to grow up in the Mafia enclave of Staten Island as the daughter of one of the Mob’s most feared executioners, how her life changed radically once he testified for the federal government and entered the witness protection program, and went to prison in order to protect Karen and her brother.”
“The Bull” was the second-highest ranking boss behind John Gotti and served as Gotti’s trusted lieutenant — until both were indicted for racketeering and murder in 1990. They were scheduled to stand trial together until Sammy flipped on Gotti, fearing Gotti would flip first.
Sammy then went into the witness protection program, but left within a year to move to Arizona, living under the alias Jimmy Moran.
But in 2000, the turncoat was busted again for running a multimillion-dollar ecstasy ring near Phoenix. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison.
Karen pleaded guilty to various charges related to her father’s drugs operation, and she and her mother, Debra, were sentenced to probation.
The former Mafia princess is one of four women set to star on the Weinstein Co.-produced “Mob Wives,” which follows four women as they rebuild their lives after their husbands or fathers go to prison. Gravano is seen working as a makeup artist.
The show is currently filming 10 episodes in New York.