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ESPOSITO
The Notorious Man from Sicily

by Lori Carangelo

CONTENTS

1. WELCOME TO HELL

2. WELCOME TO HEAVEN

3. ESPOSITO REVEALED

4. THE PALERMO CAPER

5. THE FIRST MAFIOSO

6. KIDNAPPED

7. EXTRADITION CIRCUS

8. ITALY'S ALCATRAZ

9. UNFORGIVABLE ACTS

10. THE LYNCHINGS

11. REUNION

12. UNLIKELY ENDINGS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DESCRIPTION

It is said there are three sides to every story… Because the author is Italian and Italians have long been maligned as “Mafioso,” “ESPOSITO” sets the record straight. Based on the true story, it is not only about the intriguing, many-sided man with many names whose story has never been completely told. It’s also a vindication of Italians in the South who helped build America and reveals how and why the “Mafia scare” really first began in America with Joe Esposito. Esposito became known worldwide in the late 1880s, when the FBI dubbed him “the first Mafioso.” Sicilians revered him as a Robin Hood, while Italian, British, New York, Chicago and New Orleans newspapers depicted him as “the first international serial killer.”

The truth about “the first Mafioso” – his origins, his life, and even his death – has long been shrouded in mystery and folklore. To discover the “true” story of the “real” Joe Esposito, we meet Serafina – the petite, bodacious, and strikingly beautiful Sicilian woman who had as many aliases as Esposito and for whom Joe endeavored to “walk the line.” The truth as to whether “Panama Joe” and Serafina were an Italian “Bonnie and Clyde” makes their story all the more compelling as the greatest love story “never told.” The politics, people, and events that befell Italians like Esposito who emigrated to the South, in particular New Orleans, are revealed along with Esposito and Serafina’s lighter and darker moments (including the largest lynching in the U.S. which was of Italians yet never mentioned in our history books), and the many twists and turns in Esposito’s life, until the surprise ending.

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