By Jon Roberts
The actual tale of super-criminal Jon Roberts, celebrity of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys.
American Desperado is Roberts’ no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first homicide on the age of 7, turning into a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to manhattan to become--at age 22--one of the city’s prime nightclub impresarios, then traveling to Miami the place in a number of brief years he might upward thrust to turn into the Medellin Cartel’s most efficient smuggler.
But that’s simply half the tale.
The roster of Roberts’ buddies and buddies reads like a Who’s Who of the latter half the 20 th century and comprises all people from Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, and O.J. Simpson to Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, and Manuel Noriega.
Nothing if now not colourful, Roberts surrounded himself with attractive girls, drove his souped-up road vehicle at a best pace of one hundred eighty miles according to hour, shared his mattress with a 200-pound cougar, and hired a 6”6” specialist wrestler referred to as “The factor” as his bodyguard. eventually, Roberts grew to become so strong that he attracted the eye of the Republican Party’s management, used to be wooed via them, or even used to be co-opted through the CIA for which he conducted its mystery agenda.
Scrupulously documented and relentlessly propulsive, this collaboration among a bloodhound journalist and some of the most audacious criminals ever is like no different crime publication you’ve ever learn.
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Obviously, he ran the black bars, and that music is what we heard when we went in them. My father also liked black women. When he’d take me into the bars to collect the cigar boxes with the numbers money, he would tell Mr. ” Mr. Tut would sit me at the bar, get me a Coke, and my dad would disappear with a woman. He liked black music and black, black women. Italians don’t like to admit this, but in ancient times there was a black migration into Sicily. That’s why you see a lot of Italians with very dark complexions.
Outside their apartment, the IRT train ran past on trestles. Beneath them the Bronx’s Little Italy was crowded with Neapolitan bakeries, butcher shops, and olive oil merchants. * Most of the residents in Little Italy were law-abiding citizens who wanted nothing to do with the Mafia. The Riccobonos were not in that group. Jon’s father and his uncles—his father’s brothers, Sam and Joseph—claimed the Mafia equivalent of having come over on the Mayflower: They came to New York from Sicily allegedly on the same boat with Charles “Lucky” Luciano, a founding father of Cosa Nostra in America.
If people knew the truth about me, I wonder if they would still be applauding my name. “When I was born, America was a very straight country. A guy like me wouldn’t have been applauded back then. But I hear the music my son listens to, and it’s all garbage—this gangsta crap—where the singer doesn’t even talk English. This is what people value today, so they probably will still applaud me. I don’t care what they do. ” * The Grammy-nominated hip-hop performer and producer. ” Julian added the line after listening to an advance copy of the song Akon gave to Jon.