Virtual Program: Writing The Mob: Anthony M. DeStefano

Virtual Program: Writing The Mob: Anthony M. DeStefano

Date: June 22, 2021
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free for attendees

From New York to Los Angeles, and even Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the Mob’s tentacles reached into all corners of North America during the 20th century. Historians continue to explore this rich story to understand what really happened during the Mob’s American heyday. These virtual presentations will feature authors of recently published histories and memoirs.

Anthony M. DeStefano discusses the first comprehensive biography of Vito Genovese, one of the most ruthless Mafia bosses of the 20th century. This program will be available to watch online here, on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. More details coming soon.

Don’t miss our other programs in the Writing the Mob: Chronicling Organized Crime in the 20th Century series:
April 15: J. Michael Niotta, PhD and Avi Bash, Los Angeles Underworld
April 27: Russell Shorto, Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob
May 5: Michael Cannell, A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc.
May 26: Nick Christophers, Mafia Ties: The Greek Syndicates
June 2: Marilyn Greenwald and Yun Li, Eunice Hunton Carter: A Lifelong Fight for Social Justice


Featured Speaker

Anthony M. DeStefano  

Anthony M. DeStefano


Anthony M. DeStefano has covered organized crime for over three decades. For the past 20 years he has been a reporter for Newsday in New York City, specializing in criminal justice and legal affairs.  (The reference to Newsday is for identification only and the newspaper has no connection to this website.)

As part of the staff of Newsday, Mr. DeStefano has covered a number of major trials, including those of subway gunman Bernhard Goetz (1987), The Happy Land Social Club Fire (1991), reputed Gambino crime boss Peter Gotti (2003), former Bonanno crime boss Joseph Massino (2004) and the so called “Mafia Cops” (2006).  He also covered the case against Wall Street Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff from 2008 through 2014.

As a result of his coverage of the Massino trial, DeStefano has written the book “The Last Godfather: Joseph Massino and The Fall of The Bonanno Crime Family” (Citadel Press) which is now available in books stores such as Barnes and Nobles and online.

DeStefano’s continuing coverage of the Mafia led to two additional books: “Mob Killer: The Bloody Rampage of Charlie Carneglia, Mafia Hit Man” (June 2011) and “Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise And Fall Of A New York Mobster (July 2013).  His coverage of human trafficking inspired another book, “The War On Human Trafficking.” All the books are available at books stores and online.

DeStefano has also written “Gangland New York,” which was published on July 1, 2015.