Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, one of Chicagos most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicagos Near West Side, and as young toughs they were shaken down by Hanhardt While Spilotro became one of the youngest made men in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department Soon taken under Hanhardts wing, Pascente served as his fixer and bagman for than a decade Pascente also remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend and help him rob the casinos blind Mob Cop reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit, and Fred Pascentes positions as an insider on both the criminal and law enforcement fronts make this story a matchless tell all....
|Title||:||Mob Cop: My Life of Crime in the Chicago Police Department|
|Publisher||:||Chicago Review Press Reprint edition September 1, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|File Size||:||973 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Mob Cop: My Life of Crime in the Chicago Police Department Reviews
Fred Pascente was a nice guy that had 2 problems,1. he grew up with the wrong guys and 2. if there was a score to make he had to take it.This was one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time, the Family Secrets book was a serious book but this book was so funny I think cops and robbers alike will get a kick out of it.I read it for a few reasons my dad was Italian grew up on Taylor and we moved to Grand and he worked at district 19 lucky for him he was born in 22 anyway the funniest part of the book was when Pascete's friend Tony robbed a Polish store but couldn't find the money so he took the food and went to Pascete's house for breakfast,Pascete always thinking said wheres the store I'll go there and call the guy and tell him he's been robbed, sure enough he does and the guy says "Did they get the Money" and Pascente says I don't know where do you keep it?.."it's in the fridge in a pickle jar" and Pascente says "Yeah they got that too",that aside the worst part was the ending when Pascente hooked up with a Gypsy with a broken back and started making false insurance claims and thats what got him sent to jail, and the funny thing is I don't think he was greedy he shared with everybody, it was just another easy score, if your from Chicago names and places will be very familiar.
This book is hard to put down.If you were in Chicago in the 70's and early eighties the names in this book is like a who's who of the Chicago outfit.The author certainly knew many hard line criminals.The fact that he was a police officer is pretty amazing because they moved in the same circles as the outfit.Drinking with and doing scores with the likes of Tony Spilotro and many others the author grew up with in the forties and fifties lends to many wild tales.He names the names and all the places that made Chicago the wild town it was.His rise and fall as a police officer is kind of sad but he certainly did a lot of things he should not have done.If you were not aware of a lot of these people it won't make much sense as to what he did.I think it is a great book.
A few interesting stories most of which are common knowledge. The style of writing where Frank keeps telling "I did this and I did that" and patting himself on the back gets old after the 1st chapter.
I would recommend you buy this used at a discount or get free from the library. I wasn't impressed with his stories and the information in the book seemed basically what I have heard before from reading about the family secrets trial or the book when corruption was king. I feel bad for Fred being now deceased and loosing his pension. He deserved to loose it. There are some interesting bits of information about Bill Hanhardt.
Book of nothing but LIES!!!!! Publishers should really make sure that so called “authors” are fact checking AND not using the names of people deceased or living without their consent or the consent of the persons family. Half of the book is “borrowed” from other well known Mob books!! This guy Fred was a joke and so was his no good brother! Just needed 5 seconds in the spotlight
I grew up in that era and I remember seeing many of the people Fred talks about in the neighborhood. I think it is a good and honest account of those times plus it was easy to read and interesting. Great story. Buy it.
What a POS this guy was - disgrace to LE
You can't change the rub off of the environment you grew up in. Kind of like survival and conditioning. Where you grow up and who and how you grow up ....sometimes life's decisions are already made for you and you don't even resize it until it's too late.