A Conversation with Richard Stratton: Living Legend, Renaissance Man, and former major marijuana/hashish trafficker turned federal prison inmate/jailhouse lawyer turned award-winning author, producer, publisher, screenwriter and director (of the new A&E docu-series, Gotti: Godfather and Son).
We touch on his meeting Gotti in prison in the 80s, chilling with Hunter S. Thompson in the 70s, Stratton’s glory days smuggling weed and hash with the Hippie Mafia. Founding the magazines High Times and Prison Life. His thoughts on Donald Trump, rats and snitches, the Witsec program, and the federal prison experience in general, including when he had a great time playing tennis there while dropping acid. Seriously. 🙂
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.
Published at: Medium.com/@Kasparoza regarding The Women’s March on Washington:
Yes We Marched.
But not all for the same reasons. So before you message me — or anyone — saying that we were wasting our time, that we’re crying or whining or dividing the country — or whatever message you write revealing your hypocrisy — don’t rush to judgement. Don’t base your opinions off whatever your pundits tell you or the short clips you saw on TV.
If you love America, then talk to us. Talk to me. The people on the ground and try to heal our divide by trying to understand why we marched if you really feel that we were wrong to express our right to free speech.
People keep saying that “We need to give Donald Trump a chance to succeed.” That we “owe him a chance…
Chris Kasparoza talks to Marcos Pinto, John Alite’s cellmate at Ary Franco Prison in Brazil who Alite and George Anastasia wrote total lies about in “Gotti’s Rules,” and who John Alite further slandered on social media when he realized this website was in touch with Marcos and he was coming forward to help expose their fraud and speak the truth.