During the trial of Louie Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, the FBI and Justice Department appeared to have leaked much of their case to local news media such as the New York Times and The New Yorker. Later, many of the participants of the trial as well as those interested in police corruption and the Mafia wrote books on the Mafia Cops Case.
Note: With the exception of Eppolito's own book, "Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob," these publications should be read with the understanding that they use one-sided, biased documentation because the authors either interviewed the prosecutors or used documents from the case files.
This article seeks to provide an analysis of the veracity of the contents of each publication as well as how trustworthy it is in dealing with the conspiracy and alleged cover-up.
60 Minutes "The FBI and the Grim Reaper" produced by Andy Court/Anya Bourg. Broadcast 5/22/11 DVD
Did former FBI agent Lin DeVecchio get too close to his mafia informant, Greg Scarpa? Scarpa, also known as "The Grim Reaper," was a member of the Colombo crime family and infamous for his brutality. CNN's Anderson Cooper gives a rare inside look at the shadowy world of informants and their handlers.
DeVecchio, Lin; Brandt, Charles. We're going to win this thing: The shocking frame-up of a Mafia crime buster. (Berkley Books, New York, 2011 ISBN 978-0-425-22986-6).
The riveting front-page news story of an FBI agent falsely accused of ordering four mob hits. FBI agent Lin DeVecchio was a key player in the New York Mafia wars from the late seventies through the early nineties. Yet despite his stunning success fighting organized crime, DeVecchio was accused of taking bribes, selling information to the man who was his informant, and even personally ordering four mob hits. Who went after Lin DeVecchio and why? How did a highly respected FBI agent become suspected of corruption and charged with four counts of murder? DeVecchio and bestselling author Charles Brandt go behind the front-page headlines and tell the fascinating story of a law enforcement officer who beat the mob bosses, only to end up fighting for his own freedom.
Carlo, Philip. Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss. (copyright © 2008, New York: Harper Collins. ISBN 9780061429842).
Anthony 'Gaspipe' Casso, Boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, is a Mafia legend responsible for more than 50 murders. Now serving 13 life sentences, Casso has given bestselling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen.
Lawson, Guy; Oldham, William. The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia. (copyright ©November 2006, Scribners. ISBN 9780743289443).
An insider account of the alleged criminal activities of two NYPD detectives contends that they worked for the mafia through a sophisticated network of hierarchies and conduct codes that brought about the torture and murders of numerous federal agents and fellow officers.
Eppolito, Lou; Drury, Bob (1992). Mafia Cop: The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob. (copyright ©1992 Pocket Star Publishers, ISBN 9781416517016)
He was one of the most decorated cops in the history of NYPD. From his "wiseguy" relatives, he learned the meaning of honor and loyalty. From his fellow cops, he learned the meaning of betrayal.
His father, Ralph "Fat the Gangster" Eppolito, was stone-cold Mafia hit-man. Lou Eppolito, however, chose to live by different code; he chose the uniform of NYPD. And he was one of the best — a good, tough, honest cop down the line. But even his sterling record, his headline-making heroism, couldn't protect him when the police brass decided to take him down. Although completely exonerated of charges that he had passed secrets to the mob, Lou didn't stand a chance. They had taken something from him they couldn't give back: his dignity and his pride.
Now, here's the powerful story, told in Lou Eppolito's own words, of the bloody Mafia hit that claimed his uncle and cousin...of his middle-of-the-night meeting with "Boss of Bosses" Paul Castellano...of one good cop who survived eight shootouts and saved hundreds of victims, who was persecuted, prosecuted, and ultimately betrayed by his own department. Full of hard drama and gritty truth, Mafia Cop gives a vivid, inside look at life in the Family, on the force, and on the mean streets of New York.
Dades, Tommy and Vecchione, Mike, Friends of the Family: The Inside Story of the Mafia Cops Case (ISBN-13: 978-0060874261, Harper April 2009)
Friends of the Family is a look deep inside the most notorious case to rock the NYPD: The story of Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, the two police detectives who moonlighted as mob hit men. As told by Tommy Dades and Michael Vecchione—the cop and District Attorney investigator who solved New York’s coldest case—along with co-writer David Fisher, Friends of the Family is shocking true crime in the tradition of Nicolas Pileggi’s Wiseguys and Underboss by Peter Mass—a chilling, in-depth examination of what the New York Daily News calls “the worst betrayal of the badge in the NYPD’s history.”
Smith, Greg B. Mob Cops. (copyright © December 2006, New York: Berkley. ISBN 9780425215722).
Describes how two highly decorated former detectives, Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito, were convicted of murdering eight people on the orders of a vicious mob boss.
Lance, Peter, Deal with the Devil: The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer (Copyright © 2013, Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-06-145534-6)
In Deal with the Devil, five-time Emmy winning investigative reporter Peter Lance draws on three decades of once secret FBI files—and exclusive new interviews—to tell the definitive story of Gregory Scarpa Sr., aka "The Grim Reaper;" a Mafia capo, who "stopped counting" after 50 murders, while secretly betraying the Colombo crime family as a Top Echelon Criminal Informant for the Bureau.Lance draws on thousands of pages of court transcripts, interviews and declassified FBI files, to trace Scarpa's shadowy relationship with the Bureau starting in 1960 when his debriefing reports went straight to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover himself.In forty-two years of murder and racketeering, Scarpa Sr. also known as "The Killing Machine," served only thirty days in jail thanks to his secret relationship with the Feds. Scarpa's last "control" agent, Roy Lindley DeVecchio, was known in the Bureau as "Mr. Organized Crime," for his leadership role in "The Mafia Commission" case. But DeVecchio himself, who protected the Mafia killer for 12 years, was himself indicted on four counts of murder in 2007 in a case Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes called, "the most stunning example of official corruption that I have ever seen."After the case's abrupt dismissal, Lance obtained a copy of the transcript which had been placed under seal and then began peeling back the layers on the clandestine relationship defense attorney's called Scarpa's "unholy alliance" with the FBI. Deal With The Devil, offers a shocking window into the FBI's conflicted, decades-long war with "the Mafia enemy." Lance takes the story beyond Greg Sr.'s crimes and his AIDS-related death in prison in 1994, to detail the role of his son Greg Jr., in uncovering evidence against WTC bomber Ramzi Yousef and Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols, both fellow inmates at the Supermax prison in Colorado. And in exclusive interviews with Scarpa Jr. and Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, ex-boss of the Lucchese family, Lance links the Scarpa-DeVecchio scandal to the Mafia Cops case.
Harman, Sandra, Mafia Son: The Scarpa Mob Family, the FBI, and a Story of Betrayal (copyright © April 28, 2009, St. Martin’s Press ISBN: 10-0312370245)
Starred Review. Stressing the elements of irony and malice, Harmon (coauthor, Elvis and Me) sidesteps the usual Mob yarn to tell the somber, dark story of a coldhearted Mafia chieftain and his obedient son, who takes the fall for his father out of familial love and respect. Wily mob head Gregory Scarpa Sr., with a 50-man crew in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, scammed, stole and killed under FBI protection starting in the 1960s, informing against hundreds of gangsters and crooked lawyers for decades. But when faced with arrest for his crimes, the elder Scarpa betrays his adoring son, Gregory Jr., whom he'd groomed to take his place. Convicted for racketeering, the young Scarpa does a long stretch in a federal maximum security prison, where in 1998 he overhears terrorist schemes to attack America from a prisoner named Ramzi Yousef. But his words are discounted until the September 11 attacks. Harmon, a very capable writer, gets inside the heads of the diabolical father and the submissive son (who is still in prison) in this sinister tale of bullets and betrayal. A disturbing, jagged true-crime thriller worthy of prime Hammett, Chandler or Puzo. (May)
United States Court of Appeals,Second Circuit. UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Stephen CARACAPPA, Louis Eppolito, Defendants-Appellants Docket Nos. 09-1177-cr, 09-3115-cr. Decided: July 23, 2010
US District Court Eastern District of NY, USA vs. Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito Cr. No. (T. 18, U.S.C., §§ 1962(d),1963, 2 and 3551 et seq.; T. 21, U.S.C. f§ 846 and 841(b)(1)(B)(viii)
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Lee, Jennifer, "Retired FBI agent Turns Himself In to Brooklyn D.A.In toRetired FBI agent Turns Himself In to Brooklyn D.A." (New York Times, March 30, 2006)