For nearly two years I met with William "Big Billy" D'Elia, the former head of the Bufalino Crime Family, for my next book
THE LIFE WE CHOSE: WILLIAM "BIG BILLY" D'ELIA AND THE LAST SECRETS OF AMERICA'S MOST POWERFUL CRIME FAMILY.
It will be published next spring/summer 2023 by William Morrow/Harper Collins.
Mauro DiPreta is the editor, and the book was completed in May.
Billy spent nearly 30 years at the side of Russell Bufalino, who was arguably the most powerful gangster of the 20th Century.
Bufalino considered Billy his son, and their story is remarkable.
This is Billy and I earlier this year at the Pennsylvania home of the Godfather himself, Russell Bufalino. More to come.
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