FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY: The Inside Story of the Mafia Cops Case

Part 1 of 2.

In this interview, I sit down with Michael Vecchione, the Chief of the Rackets Division in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, to discuss his new book “FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY: The Inside Story of the Mafia Cops Case.”

Friends of the Family is out on May 12, 2009.

Book Description
Detectives Louie Eppolito and Steve Caracappa were the most corrupt and dangerous cops in American history. When they retired in the early 1990s, they left behind a pile of bodies—and for more than a decade, it looked like they were going to get away with it.

As highly decorated NYPD detectives with access to the department’s most sensitive information, they sold their badges to the Mafia—and became murderers for the mob. Eventually they retired to Las Vegas, believing they had put their lives of murder and mayhem safely behind them. And they would have lived happily ever after, if not for one dedicated cop at the end of his career and an assistant district attorney. Detective Tommy Dades and Brooklyn Assistant DA Mike Vecchione turned this seemingly unsolvable cold-blooded case into one of the great law-and-order stories in the annals of New York City. And for the first time, in this book, Dades and Vecchione tell the whole inside story of the investigation.

For Detective Tommy Dades, the case began with a phone call from a distraught mother who just happened to mention an almost forgotten meeting that had taken place years earlier. Dades and Mike Vecchione had performed cold-case miracles before, but this one seemed impossible. Together, quietly and tenaciously, they began to uncover the hideous truth. A highly secret joint state and federal task force began building a body-by-body case against an incredible array of characters, from one of the most viciously insane Mafia bosses in history—who wanted to kill people he dreamed were plotting against him—to the one-eyed Jew who knew all the secrets. As the cold case got front-page-headline hot, Dades and Vecchione encountered an unexpected obstacle: the federal prosecutor plotted to take the case—and those headlines—away from Brooklyn.

For the first time, the two men who brought this incredible story to life reveal the epic confrontations that occurred behind the scenes and led to a stunning courtroom announcement—and came perilously close to destroying the case against the Mafia cops.

Friends of the Family is the complete, inside story of the historic case that rocked the world of law enforcement.

Duration : 0:9:0

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Cold Case Files 016 Part 1

KILLER IN THE COUNTY

The killer of four women goes free until cold case detective John Little is brought in and finds key evidence on a coffee cup. This portrait of a ruthless murderer includes tapes of his chilling confessions. When confronted with DNA evidence, Faryion Wardrip pleaded guilty and is currently on death row in Texas. We talk to all of the investigators involved, some members of victims’ families, and Wardrip’s brother, who thinks Faryion should be executed immediately.

Duration : 0:10:20

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Cold Case Files 012 Part 4

MURDER ILLUSTRATED ; BLOOD RELATIONS

Police solve the murder and sexual mutilation of Peggy Hettrick when they are finally able to link graphic sexual materials found in the home of suspect Timothy Masters, though no hard evidence was ever found. And DNA from a semen stain helps cops crack open the 23-year-old case of a man who raped and killed his sister-in-law.

Duration : 0:8:48

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Cold Case Files 023 Part 4

FAMILY SECRET ; BLOOD TRAIL

Forty-one years after the crime, a woman implicates her brother and cousin in the murder of a New Jersey policeman. And members of the Vidocq Society, a group of law enforcement professionals who volunteer their expertise to crack difficult cases, find blood splatter evidence that helps solve a Texas murder.

Duration : 0:8:11

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Cold Case Files 018 Part 1

THE PORTRAIT OF A KILLER ; THE TORTURED TRUTH

The accidental discovery of a human scalp leads to the conviction of a man for murder 18 years after the killing. And a teenager who likes to kidnap younger boys and break their bones, kills one and tortures another.

Duration : 0:8:45

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Rihanna Cold Case Love with Lyrics

On my roof
Dark and Im burning of love
I dont need proof
Im torn apart
And you know

What you did to me
Was a crime
Cold case love
And I let you reach me
One more time
But thats enough
Oh, oh

Your love is breaking the law
But I need a new witness
So wake me up when its over
It dont make any difference
Will it ever be solved
Or am I taking the fall
Truth was there all along
Tell me how did we miss it

We opened up a
Cold case love
And it got the best of us

And now printed pictures
And white lines
Are all thats left
At the scene of a crime
Of a cold case love
Oh, oh, oh

Shouldve investigated
But love blinded eyes
Couldnt see, no
And then I tried to cage it
But your love aint the kind
That you can keep

Release me now cause
I did my time
Of this cold case love
My hearts no longer cold
And confined
Ive had enough
Oh, oh, oh

Your love is breaking the law
But I need a new witness
So wake me up when its over
It dont make any difference
Will it ever be solved
Or am I taking the fall
Truth was there all along
Tell me how did we miss it

We opened up a
Cold case love
And it got the best of us

And now printed pictures
And white lines
Are all thats left
At the scene of a crime
Of a cold case love
Oh, oh, oh

We lost our way
Took this too far
Now Ill never find
The pieces of my heart

Weve lost enough
Looking for a truth
That was here all along

Cold case love
And it got the best of us

And now printed pictures
And white lines
Are all thats left
At the scene of a crime
Of a cold case love

We opened up
A cold case love
And it got the best of us

And now printed pictures
And white lines
Are all thats left
At the scene of a crime
Of a cold case love
Oh, oh, oh

Duration : 0:6:8

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Cold Case Files 052 Part 2

THE ACCIDENTAL KILLER ; LITTLE SISTER LOST

While hiking with husband Dennis in Montana, Leslee Larson fell into Wolf Creek. After cashing in a double indemnity insurance policy, Dennis eventually lands in Maine–where he’s convicted of murdering wife three who “fell” from a cliff. See how Montana detectives flush their wolf from the creek–25 years later. And when 15-year-old papergirl Penny Parker goes missing, her body is found by a search volunteer. Watch cold case detectives find a genetic trace, 24 years later, to the volunteer.

Duration : 0:8:20

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Cold Case Files 012 Part 2

MURDER ILLUSTRATED ; BLOOD RELATIONS

Police solve the murder and sexual mutilation of Peggy Hettrick when they are finally able to link graphic sexual materials found in the home of suspect Timothy Masters, though no hard evidence was ever found. And DNA from a semen stain helps cops crack open the 23-year-old case of a man who raped and killed his sister-in-law.

Duration : 0:8:48

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Cold Case Files 011 Part 2

KILLER ON THE STRIP ; THE DOLL MURDER

In Palm Beach, a determined cop solves the murder of prostitute Lucy Pate five years later, when he connects Lucy’s case with another case that was overlooked at the time. The prostitute who survived agreed to help and identified her attacker. In 1989, socialite Susan Doll was found beaten, raped, and strangled in Colorado. Investigators extracted DNA from a semen stain, but had no suspect to match it against–until 1995 when a local landlord found 25 pairs of panties stuffed into a furnace.

Duration : 0:10:0

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Cold Case Files 035 Part 1

MURDER ON THE MENU

A boy’s toy Batmobile car provides an important clue for detectives struggling to make a case against a serial killer who stalks and kills waitresses.

Duration : 0:8:44

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