Recently, a fellow author and someone who claims to have once been in ‘The Life’– someone who did some time, and claims to be a stand up guy vouched to me for his “friend” Larry Mazza, so, I asked him: If you weren’t a cooperator, then why are you associating with an informant?
This individual proceeded to make excuses for Mazza’s cooperation, saying that he wasn’t “a rat” because he only testified against guys that were going to testify against him first… you know, the usual informant hogwash. He said that Mazza “didn’t have a choice!”
Which, frankly, no real stand up guy would ever say especially since it makes no sense as this is America and we ALWAYS have a choice.
But, out of curiosity, I picked up “The Life” to fact check what this guy was saying, to see if it lined up with exactly what Mazza said about why he turned, when, instead? What I found in a few minutes of skimming were widespread inaccuracies and what seemed to be outright lies, like:
While an NYU student in 2009, documentary teacher/filmmaker Thom Powers assigned his students to interview a documentary filmmaker… so, naturally, I chose my favorite documentary director, the legendary Marc Levin. Our conversation touched on his then recent film Mr. Untouchable about Harlem heroin czar turned snitch Leroy “Nicky” Barnes, as well as his earlier film Mob Stories and some of the characters in it like deceased Lucchese soldier “Fat Jackie” DiNorscio, former Gambino associate turned preacher “Brother Frank” Minucci and Gambino associate turned fink Joe “Dogs” Iannuzzi. I also asked Levin about his thoughts on the then recent mistrial in the federal racketeering case against John Gotti Jr.