Monday, July 25, 2011

I Married A Mobster: Greg Scarpa Jr., Linda’s “Stepson”

Linda Schiro will be featured on Investigation Discovery's "I Married A Mobster" Wednesday night at 10:30 PM.  We have several blogs about the events and people in her life already up.  You can find them all by using the search feature at the bottom right hand side of the blog.
Linda Schiro’s “stepson” Greg Jr., was also involved in mafia business. In order to write her book about the Scarpa family, Mafia Son, Sandra Harmon corresponded with Greg Scarpa, Jr. while he was in prison. In an interview with David Amoruso of Gangsters, Inc, she says she initially got involved in the story when she began having meetings with Linda Schiro, who was very open about the details of her life. It was during these conversations that Linda suggested to Sandra that she contact Greg Jr., which she did and he became a valuable source of her research.

Greg Jr. looked up to and respected his father and became involved in the mafia by working for his father. He was a capo in the Colombo crime family. When his father was ill with AIDS and facing arrest, he convinced his son to confess to his crimes, promising that he and DeVecchio, an FBI agent working with Greg Scarpa Sr., would make sure he did not get sentenced to more than a couple of years at a prison close to home. Greg took his father at his word. However, after his trial, he was sentenced to 20 years and sent to a Federal prison a long distance from his family in Brooklyn. A deal he makes with the Feds goes sour as Greg delivers on his end, but the Feds reneg on their promise to shorten his sentence. Instead he is sent to a maximum security prison where he remains in his cell 23 hours a day. Sandra Harmon offers to try to help Greg Jr. by looking into pro bono attorneys and he begins to send her endless pages about his life. One of the most shocking revelations included in their conversations was information that Greg Jr. provided the FBI, concerning the 9/11 attacks, that he got from an inmate and were ignored.

Ms. Harman had gotten so involved and had so much information she was called by both the prosecution and defense for DeVecchio’s trial.

For the entire interview and many more details go to: Gangsters Inc

To read a chapter of Ms. Harmon’s book and letters from Greg Jr: Mafia Son

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Elizabeth Drumm said...

I finished reading Mafia Son today, only took me 2.5 days and that was my 2nd book of my 35 yrs of life that i finished reading.

It was an absolute fabulous book and I could not put it down. When I did put it down I could not stop thinking about the people in the book. I felt like I was right there while I was reading the book. I just want to thank you sandra harmon for writing the book and putting alot of dedicated hard work into this book. Well worth it from my perspective anyways. Good luck to all the families involved in the Mafia Son.

Sandra Harmon said...

Thank you, Elizabeth. So glad you liked my book. Sandra Harmon

gregscarpa said...

Your sweet thanks hunn

K DiLauro said...

I Just finished reading Mafia Son, and it was an amazing book. I was also unable to put it down. I was shocked and angered to learn about the tips Greg gave regarding Flight 800 and 9/11. I'm not one to believe conspiracy theories, but I absolutely believed what I was reading. Of course, I would never condone someone taking someone else's life; but I think Greg was a great example of Children Learn what they Live. I hope he's doing well in that horrid place and that he doesnt spend the rest of his life there. I'll say a prayer for him.