Skip to comments.Jack Garcia Warns The Mafia Groupies
Posted on 09/20/2012 11:33:44 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
The Las Vegas Museum of Law Enforcement and Organized Crime has launched a speaker series, and the first in its scheduled lineup was retired FBI agent Joaquin "Jack" Garcia who spoke yesterday at the old courthouse where Sen. Estes Kefauver held one of his 1950 committee hearings into the racket boys and which now is home to the so-called Mob Museum.
Jack Garcia infiltrated the Gambino family in 2002 as Jack Falcone which resulted in the convictions of capo Greg DePalma and his crew, and his experiences are the subject of his memoir Making Jack Falcone which director Stephen Soderbergh is adapting into a movie starring Benicio Del Toro in the title role.
In an interview with John Katsilometes from the Las Vegas Sun the former G-man spoke about the misguided groupies who melt into brown-nosing sycophants around wise guys:
"There are people who are Mafia groupies, people who love the Mob," Garcia says. "I saw these guys, and I would sit there and scratch my head over lunch and dinner watching these people. I mean, respectable businessmen would want to shake the hand of Greg De Palma, who was captain of the Gambino crime family, and was looking at him in awe. All I could think was, 'Run for the hills! This guy is going to pick your pockets! Dont you understand that?' But some people just have this desire to hobnob with mobsters and criminals, and by virtue of their association with them, they will garner respect and fear. But it doesn't work that way because law enforcement wins."
Which is more likely to impact you negatively, the Mob or the IRS?
I’ve never been audited by the Mob.
I wrote Harry Reid’s only biography, filled with unanswered mob questions. I should go to one of these.