By Pete Earley
For many years no legislations enforcement application has been as cloaked in controversy and secret because the Federal Witness safeguard software. Now, for the 1st time, Gerald Shur, the guy credited with the construction of WITSEC, groups with acclaimed investigative journalist Pete Earley to inform the interior tale of turncoats, crime-fighters, killers, and traditional people stuck up in a life-and-death online game of deception within the identify of justice.
Inside the Federal Witness safety Program
When the govt was once wasting the warfare on geared up crime within the early Nineteen Sixties, Gerald Shur, a tender legal professional within the Justice Department’s prepared Crime and Racketeering part, instructed the dep. to attract mobsters into breaking their code of silence with provides of safeguard and relocation. yet as high-ranking mob figures got here into this system, Shur chanced on that conserving his witnesses alive within the face of demise threats concerned greater than removing previous identities and growing new ones. It additionally intended removing households from their pasts and giving new identities to other halves and kids, in addition to to mob girlfriends and mistresses.
It intended getting late-night telephone calls from safe witnesses not able to deal with their new lives. It intended arranging funerals, delivering monetary aid, and in a single example even supporting a mobster’s spouse get breast implants. And all too frequently it intended odds safe witness may go back to what he knew best–crime.
In this publication Shur offers a you-are-there account of notorious witnesses, from Joseph Valachi to “Sammy the Bull” Gravano to “Fat Vinnie” Teresa, of the lengths this system is going to to maintain its fees secure, and of situations that went very mistaken and sometimes even safe those that went directly to kill back.
He describes the pain persevered by way of blameless those that chanced on themselves within the mistaken position on the incorrect time and ended up in a application adapted to criminals. And besides Shur’s battle tales, WITSEC attracts at the haunting phrases of 1 mob spouse, who vividly describes her lifetime of lies, secrecy, and loss contained in the application.
A robust actual tale of the internal workings of 1 of the simplest and debatable guns within the struggle opposed to equipped crime and the interior workings of equipped crime itself–and extra lately opposed to Colombian drug buyers, outlaw motorbike gang contributors, white-collar con males, and foreign terrorists–this booklet takes us right into a annoying, harmful twilight global conscientiously hidden in simple sight: the place the kin residing round the corner will not be who they are saying they're. . .