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Philip Carlo, "The Butcher" and other bad guys

You think you've done scary things? HA! I sneer! South Beach author Philip Carlo has done scary things.

Let Herald freelance writer Mike Hamersly tell us more:

Butcher "Few authors have the guts to enter the places Philip Carlo has visited over the years for his craft. Partly spurred by his tough upbringing on the mean streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and partly through his early fascination with true-crime novels such as Truman Capote's classic In Cold Blood, Carlo has forged his own grisly genre with a trilogy of books exposing the horrific crimes of three of the most notorious Mafia killers in history.

His 2006 work The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer focused on infamous assassin Richard Kuklinski; Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss illuminates the crimes of Anthony ``Gaspipe'' Casso, the head of the Lucchese family; and last year's The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath (William Morrow, $25.99) delves into the twisted world of Bonnano crime family capo Tommy ``Karate'' Pitera, who murdered more than 50 people, chopped them up and buried them at wildlife sanctuaries on Staten Island.

He's also well-known for telling the story of serial killer Richard Ramirez in The Night Stalker, for which he's co-writing a screenplay with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, and working on turning The Ice Man into a film starring Mickey Rourke."

Click here to read Mike's fascinating Q and A with Carlo - and read Carlo's books. If they won't give you nightmares, that is. 


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One more to go on my to read list. Mickey Rourke as the Iceman, sounds interesting. Who's gonna play Maverick? Chris Cornell screenwriting? Interesting, very interesting.

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