Michael Franzese is a previous mobster who worked as a caporegime in the Colombo crime family, which is known for organized crime exercises in New York City, USA. He later renounced organized crime and evolved into an author, lobbyist, and motivational speaker.
Child of notorious Italian-American crime master John ‘Sonny’ Franzese, Sr., Michael was raised in the midst of an atmosphere of crime and illegal exercises. This is how he engaged in organized crime early in his life. In the ensuing years, he moved up the positions and turned into a caporegime of the Colombo crime family.
Michael Franzese operated his father’s illegal rackets during his father’s detainment in the 1980s. During the high point of his career as a mobster, Michael earned around eight million dollars per week from both legal and illegal businesses.
He later quit organized crime and turned into a devoted Christian and motivational speaker. He also founded the ‘Breaking Out Foundation’ to help adolescents keep away from the horrible path of crime and habit.
Childhood and Family Background
Michael Franzese was born on May 27, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York, the USA to Cristina Capobianco-Franzese and John ‘Sonny’ Franzese, Sr.
Franzese, Sr. didn’t need Michael to get into organized crime. Instead, he wanted his child to turn into a doctor. Accordingly, Michael completed his high school contemplates and got enrolled at ‘Hofstra University’ where he started a pre-med program.
In 1970, Franzese, Sr. was sentenced to 50 years in jail for masterminding several bank thefts. Michael dropped out of school around 1974 to deal with his father. Therefore, he engaged in the exercises of the Colombo crime family.
Michael’s mother succumbed to the disease in 2012 when his father was in jail. Franzese, Sr. was finally released in June 2017. When of his delivery, he had gotten the main centenarian in federal custody and the most established federal detainee in the United States. As of now, Franzese, Sr. is the most established living criminal on the planet.
Initiation into the Colombo Crime Family
Michael Franzese got acquainted with a significant number of his father’s companions including Joseph Colombo who served as the supervisor of the Colombo crime family from 1964 to 1971.
On the night of Halloween in 1975, Michael turned into an individual from the Mafia and was inducted into the Colombo crime family as a trooper. He went through the Mafia initiation ritual along with his closest companion Jimmy Angelino among others. He was quickly mentored by Joseph ‘Joe-Joe’ Vitacco who served as an officer.
Michael Franzese was elevated to the positions of caporegime or captain in 1980. As a captain, he was in charge of a partner group of 300 to 500 individuals. He had criminal dealings with Gambino crime family supervisor Paul Castellano; future Gambino crime family manager John Gotti; and Genovese crime family underboss Anthony ‘Fat Tony’ Salerno.
Involvement in the Gasoline Bootlegging Racket
Lawrence Salvatore Iorizzo contacted Michael with the thought of starting a gasoline racket. Therefore, Michael and Lawrence set up 18 Panama-based stock-conveyor organizations. When the authorities suspected one of these organizations of false action, Michael would move to the following organization to maintain his illegal business.
Law in Panama at the time permitted a tax-exempt sale of gasoline starting with one wholesale organization then onto the next. Michael gradually turned into a mainstream name in the gasoline racket scene. He proceeded to introduce his companion and Genovese family warrior Joseph ‘Joe Glitz’ Galizia into the activity.
Galizia had organized the ‘Russian Mafia’ in Brooklyn. Accordingly, Michael’s association joined hands with Galizia’s association, allowing Michael to sell a huge number of gallons of gasoline. Compared to authentic service stations, Michael’s association often sold the gas at lower costs.
For his involvement in the gasoline bootlegging racket, Michael was arrested in 1985 and was indicted on 14 checks of racketeering, counterfeiting, and extortion. He pleaded liable to two tallies the following year. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail. He was also asked to cough up $14 million in compensation installments.
In 1986, Michael Franzese was ranked 18 in the ‘Fortune’ magazine’s rundown of ‘Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses.’ According to Michael, he was earning between $5–10 million every week at the height of his career. A Federal report mentioned that Michael earned more cash than anybody in a crime family after Al Capone.
Other Endeavors and Renouncement of Organized Crime
In the 1970s, Michael Franzese got involved in authentic businesses. By the mid-1980s, he had invested in different businesses including film creation, dispersion organizations, travel services, cafés, nightclubs, leasing organizations, video stores, and vehicle sales centers among others.
By 1980, he had entered into a partnership with booking operator Norby Walters. He also turned into an accomplice in Walters’ games the executive’s organization which was established in 1985. In 1989, Michael was subpoenaed to affirm at a trial of Walters when the last had invoked Michael’s name to frighten understudies into signing the board contracts with his games organization.
Michael Franzese resolved to deny the Colombo family while serving a term in jail in December 1987. He was released on parole two or after three years in 1989. He by and by faced a four-year sentence in federal jail on December 27, 1991, for violating the probation rules at the hour of his delivery in 1989.
After being released in 1994, Michael left the crime world the following year. In the midst of several death threats, he relocated to California to join his wife and children.
Meanwhile, he co-composed a sensational book titled ‘Quitting the Mob’ with Dary Matera in 1992. The autobiography portrays Michael’s story, including his life with his crime master father, his own criminal interests, and interactions with mobsters over the US and Europe.
Throughout the long term, Michael has evolved into a motivational speaker. He has spoken as an NCAA life abilities speaker to understudy athletes in more than 400 school grounds.
He has also addressed professional athletes associated with the ‘National Football League’ (NFL), ‘National Basketball Association’ (NBA), and ‘Significant League Baseball’ (MLB).
A featured subject matter expert at corporate functions, Michael drives seminars involving understudies of business and law. He talks at Christian gatherings, church administrations, and special functions. He also talks at penitentiaries over the globe. He pledged in 2016 to help the Christian evacuees emigrating from the Middle East.
Michael Franzese has offered interviews to ‘HBO,’ ‘ESPN,’ ‘CNBC,’ ‘CNN,’ ‘Fox Sports,’ ‘Fox News,’ ‘MSNBC,’ ‘The Savage Nation,’ ‘USA Today,’ ‘TBN,’ ‘Jim Rome Show,’ ‘Rebel Talk Radio,’ and ‘Nat Geo.’
Michael Franzese thought of another book titled ‘Blood Covenant’ in 2003. ‘Blood Covenant’ includes an updated and expanded story of his life. In total, he has penned down five books up until this point. He appeared in a two-section narrative on the American Mafia in March 2015.
In May 2016, ‘The History Channel’ featured him in a show titled ‘The Definitive Guide To The Mob.’
Michael Franzese Family and Personal Life
Michael Franzese was producing the activity experience film ‘Knights of the City’ in Florida when he was floored by the magnificence of Camille Garcia, an artist from Anaheim, California. The two began to look all starry eyed and eventually got married in 1985.
Camille, who has stood by Michael through thick and thin, helped him in his choice to stop organized crime. She also played a critical part in his ensuing spiritual change.
‘Inside the American Mob,’ a six-section series released by the ‘National Geographic Channel’ in June 2013, includes the story of Michael’s rise in the Mafia hierarchy. A narrative titled ‘God the Father,’ which was released on October 31, 2014, describes the spiritual change of Michael Franzese.