FINALLY, THE TRUE STORY of the Mafia’s execution of Jersey City legend Frankie DePaula can be told:
-Was his world title bout with Bob Foster fixed by the Mob?
-Did the Mob kill Pat Amato, his first manager, in order to pave the way for him to sign with their front man Gary Garafola?
-How did he come to be involved in a notorious heist of $80,000 worth of electrolytic copper?
-Was his dalliance with the step-daughter of a high-ranking mobster the reason for his shooting?
-Or did the Mob kill him for giving up information on their involvement in the copper theft?
Although Frankie appeared to some to be a true life exemplar of a character from Dead End; a wild and unreconstructed deviant headed for disaster, his life is set against the backdrop of the oftentimes dysfunctional environs of Jersey City, for long the seat of power of an administration dominated for decades by Mayoral potentate Frank Hague and maligned by the corruption of local politicians and the increasing influence of organized crime.
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