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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. This is the story of the short, many-sided man with many names whose story has never been completely told, despite that he became known worldwide, in the late 1880s, when the FBI dubbed him “the first Mafioso” to emigrate from Sicily to America. Italian, British, New York, Chicago and New Orleans newspapers even depicted home 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. Esposito’s story is narrated by Esposito himself, taking the reader through both comical and dark moments, with many twists and turns, until the surprise ending.

Both loved and vilified, Joe Esposito was said to have been from a “good family” yet he was raised in a Catholic orphanage, his parents unknown to him. And so he searched for his identity throughout his life, trying on new ones as one would try on new clothes. Those who knew him as Joe Randazzo, met a man of an entirely different personality than that of his aliases, Vincent Rebello and Tony Costenza. Sporting a short or long beard, “peasant” attire, or good suits, or flashy shirts and his trademark white Panama hat, his multiple identities enabled even his flamboyant “Panama Joe” persona to “hide in plain sight,” thus lending further mystique to “the notorious man from Sicily.”

Esposito’s reputation as being both a “Robin Hood” and a shady yet revered “Mafioso,” gave him the three things he needed to survive: Rispetto (Respect), Fortuna (Fortune), Famiglia (Family). But his dealings on the docks in New Orleans were at a time that was especially hostile to Italian immigrants in the South, where Italians were given a status that was neither “White” nor “Black,” and where they became victims of the largest lynching in U.S. history as result of a baseless and deliberately orchestrated “Mafia” scare.

But 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 and reveals the greatest love story “never told.”

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