Iam Michael Franzese, a former made boss in the Columbo Crime family starting in the early 80's. AMA. I'll begin answering questions at 2pm Eastern.
UPDATE: I'm here! Time to answer your questions! Thanks so much for all this, looking forward to it.
UPDATE 2: There is a lot of interest in some of my longer stories that there just isn't time to type out. I have a few books out that I go into great detail: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Franzese/e/B001KIXYD6
UPDATE 3: My friends, I had a great time. Thanks for the amazing questions. I'm going to answer a couple more then I got to head out. I hope to interact with reddit more in the future!
Hi redditors, I'm Michael Franzese. I'm here to answer your questions. I am the son of one of the most feared Mafia bosses to ever walk the streets of NY. He was an enforcer known to be cold blooded and extremely deadly. I followed in my dad's footsteps and took on the mob life. As a made member I made money for the mob; tons of money.
A quote about me from Life Magazine:
"From the time he took a blood oath that bound him body and soul to New York's Colombo crime family, Franzese became a force to be reckoned with in organized crime. Named one of the biggest moneymakers in the mob since Al Capone by Vanity Fair, he quickly crept into the upper echelon of Mafia authority in this country. At age 35, he was the youngest mobster listed on Fortune Magazine's survey of the 50 most powerful and wealthy Mafia bosses in America. Franzese hit the list at number 18, only five spots behind the infamous John Gotti. At the height of his operation, federal authorities claim Franzese generated close to a billion dollars a year in a gas-tax scheme he masterminded..... Then defying common sense and the covenant that bound him to the Colombo family, Michael did the unthinkable - HE QUIT THE MOB...
There's an old saying that the only way to leave the Mafia is in a coffin. Michael Franzese was willing to take that risk. He will not betray his former crime associates and then disappear into the witness protection program... If he holds to what he has promised it will mark the first time that a high ranking member of the Mafia will publicly walk away from his past - and live!"
That was then -- A young Christian woman I met on the set of a movie changed my life and caused a transformation in me that only God could have engineered. My story is currently featured on three cable networks. Discovery, The History Channel and National Geographic Network and a movie about my life will be released in theaters in the Fall. A Documentary I am featured in titled IMPACT delivers a strong message to at-risk youth and has won Best Documentary Awards in 2013 at 2 major film festivals.
I know the mob life as well or better then most. I am also a person of strong faith. I'm ready to answer ALL your questions. Ask me anything you like. No bounds, no limits. I have been asked everything under the sun. If I choose not to answer I know how to take the fifth. I've done that many times in my former mob life. But I assure you I won't this time. So join me today and fire away!