Anatomy of a Mafia psychopath. Published 1st March 2012
The Butcher is a gripping and disturbing fly-on-the-wall account of the US Drug Enforcement Adminstration’s four-year hunt to bring down Tommy ‘Karate’ Pitera, a drug-dealing, murderous capo in the Bonanno crime family.
‘The guy was outright scary. He had an aura of death about him. You knew he killed people; it was his face, in his eyes’ – Sal Clemente, acquaintance of Tommy Pitera
In 1992 Pitera was sentenced to life in prison for murdering six people and supporting a massive drug-dealing operation. Yet this covered only a fraction of the crimes he commited. Pitera is thought to have murdered more than 60 people, cutting many of his victims into pieces before burying them on Staten Island.
Exhaustively researched and written with the cooperation of the DEA agents who hunted Pitera down. The Butcher will send shivers down the spine of the most hardened reader.
‘If anyone deserved the Death Penalty, it was Tommy Pitera;