Book Review – “Mafia Wife – My Story of Love, Murder, and Madness”

While reading “Mafia Wife – My Story of Love, Murder, and Madness,” written by Linda Melito, wife of dead mobster/multiple-murderer Louie Milito, and Reg Potterson, it was hard to feel sympathy for anyone, especially Linda, who not only reveled in her husband’s crimes and power, but sometimes even assisted him in breaking the law

Linda claims she was a normal sixteen-year-old girl when she fell for Melito, who was no more than a petty crook at the time. Linda tells us she did not especially like her Jewish mother (the feeling was mutual), but she adored her Jewish father, who was little more than a verbal abuse sponge – courtesy of her Jewish mother.

Linda said of her mother, “From my mother I learned that nothing mattered much except money and respecting people who had it, and looking down on those who didn’t have it.”

            Linda met Louie and love whistled in the air. To get away from her mother, Linda and Louie moved in to together; eventually got married and it was the start of a wonderful life, only it wasn’t.

Linda would like us to believe Louie was just a charming guy with a beautiful smile, and at the beginning she claims she had no idea how involved Louie was with the mob. Linda should have taken the hint when Louie took her along as a lookout while he cracked into pay phones all over New York City for nickels, dimes, and quarters, just about the lowest crime you can commit in the mob short of stealing vegetables off a pushcart owned by a blind man.

The rest of the book is Linda feeling sorry for herself and hating just about all of Louie’s pals. Linda spewed especially thick venom at Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, whom she claimed made a pass at her while she and Louie were married.

The main theme of the book is Linda’s whining, whining, and more whining. She claims she was mentally ill for a time, and even after Louie disappeared from the face of the earth (it was later determined that Gravano ordered Louie’s killing), she got into several relationships where the men in her life were nothing more than cruds, which might tell your something about Linda’s choice of men and something about Linda herself.

Near the book’s end she asks herself the questions, “As for Louie, if I had grown up with a little bit of self-respect instead of thinking I was pretty much worthless and longing to be different and better than I was, like I did, would I have still been dumb enough to run off with that kind of man? Would I have married him, and stayed married to him, had two children with him, stayed with him after he hooked up with the Gambinos (crime family), after I knew about his violence, saw it, felt it, and was terrified about it.” (Louie smacked Linda around when he felt the urge, which was often.)

However, Linda tells us the questions, but instead of possible answers he goes off on how Louie’s power made her feel strong, and what a good father he was, and yatta, yatta, yatta, ad nauseam.( I heard Hitler was nice to dogs too.)

I finished reading this book feeling like I just wasted several good hours of my time and not getting anything out of it in return; no pleasure- just disgust for people like Louie and Linda Melito.

If you want to get aggravated – read this book. If you value your time, do something more constructive, like playing solitaire.



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