In later years, Franzese discussed techniques for mob murders with Gaetano "Guy" Fatato, a new Colombo associate. Franzese has been well known for many decades as a fearsome member of the American Mafia whom would rather die than betray the Mafia or snitch on any member of the organization. His younger son, John Franzese Jr., was a Colombo family associate before becoming an FBI informant. God answered Michael by giving him hope and comfort in reading the Bible. John Franzese. CBN's ministry is made possible by the support of our CBN Partners. On January 14, 2011, the 94-year-old Franzese was sentenced to eight years in prison for extorting Manhattan strip clubs and a pizzeria on New York's Long Island. He helped finance the $200,000 pornographic film Deep Throat, which generated over $80 million. He has been considered by other mobsters, law enforcement officers and FBI Agents around New York as "one of the toughest guys in the world", "one of most loyal, respected and old-school gangsters who ever lived" and as "one of the most formidable gangsters in American history". She said to be faithful and to be obedient to God’s word. People just don’t value marriage anymore. -MARRIED TO THE MOBCammy gave her life to the Lord when she was 13 years old. I thought, 'Well, maybe he's colorful,' totally clueless as to what really organized crime meant and of all of the things that were involved with it. The 103-year-old Franzese is currently the oldest living gangster in the world. Cammy Franzese knows. When things get tough or they’re not happy anymore, or he doesn’t make me happy anymore or I’m not in love anymore--they get a divorce. This time she was there for only 7 hours. On June 4, 2008, Franzese was indicted along with other Colombo mobsters on charges of racketeering conspiracy, robbery, extortion, narcotics trafficking, and loansharking. In 1986, after Carmine Persico was sentenced to 139 years in prison, he created a three-man Ruling Panel to oversee the Colombo family. He [God] was going to really use these next four years to really strengthen Michael’s walk with him and when Michael came he would become a stronger man and a better Christian--a solider for God, and we will serve him in an amazing ministry. In 1984, Franzese was released on parole again. He is believed to have been elevated to caporegime or captain in the Colombo family in the mid 1950s and by 1964 he had been promoted to underboss. On December 24, 2008, Franzese was released from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. So divorce was not an option for me either. Cammy talked recently with Beliefnet about her testimony in her new book, This Thing of Ours, released by Thomas Nelson. Michael was in jail for 4 years, twice. Law enforcement had learned about the meeting from Franzese's son, John Franzese, Jr., who had become a government informant. LOCKED UPIn 1992, while she and her family were in their early-morning frenzy to get to school, detectives came to their front door. Franzese's career in the American Mafia dates back to the prohibition era, in 1929, at the age of 12, he became an enforcer and servant to future boss of the Commission and the overlord of the American Mafia Lucky Luciano. The younger Franzese recalled becoming a … There was a lot that went on that I didn’t know about.”  Admittedly she says that Michael knew he was a target for a long time. [And] God kind of revealed to me the future he had. I felt God gave me his peace and that he got me this far and [God] will continue to be there for [me] again as he did. What would you like to achieve from writing this book? According to law enforcement, Franzese remains the official underboss of the Colombo family. Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Beliefnet’s Partners, From time to time you will also receive Special Offers from our partners. Wednesday, June 3, 2009. I think it really hit me when I saw the change in my husband and how he started to be more faithful and rely more on God. She’s married to Michael Franzese (“The Yuppie Don”), an ex-high-ranking member of the Colombo crime family syndicate of New York. Camille Garcia Franzese is on Facebook. How did that influence you to stand with your husband? Franzese has been dubbed as the "The Kings guard of the Colombo crime family" and the "Colombo family bosses executioner" due to his reputation for extreme loyalty for the boss. TO THE MOB Cammy gave her life to the Lord when she was 13 years old. I had such a difficult time getting through it; you know I was overwhelming for me. “When we place unrealistic and unattainable expectations on them to be perfect, to have it all together all the time, and to fulfill our every wish and command, we are basically setting them up for failure.”. When he was imprisoned the second time, Cammy says he sold out to Jesus completely. Raised in New York City, in the late 1930s Franzese joined the Profaci crime family (later named the Colombo crime family) under boss Joe Profaci. There was no escape. Even as a little girl, Cammy felt the Holy Spirit working in her life. Many times, Cammy would have to remind herself. Eventually he … If you had the opportunity to talk to a wife whose husband was in organized crime, what would you say to her? Finally, Franzese stressed the importance of properly dealing with the corpse. God is faithful. “But he knew what he could and couldn’t do,” says Cammy. As women we are strong and can instill that in our young daughters when they make commitments to their husbands and to their families. Michael had accepted the Lord before going to prison for the first time and did the unthinkable: he quit the mob. “I wasn’t perfect by any means,” she says. In 1970, Franzese was sentenced to 50 years in prison. During this trying time, Cammy learned a hard lesson:  to always put God first. I lived there shortly after we were first married and became curious. Today, most of the men who would be after him are either dead or in jail. Long ago the LORD said to Israel: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. But even now, I have that fear in me even now sometimes when he travels back East [They live in California]. Michael was a new believer when he went to prison. Franzese controlled a $10 billion a year extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, bookmaking and numbers racket operations, a $1 billion a year pornography and prostitution operation, and a $500 million a year labor racketeering operation. But I could not live my life in fear. Franzese operated out of New York City and New Jersey and was involved in racketeering, fraud, and loansharking. Read more on This Thing of Ours: How Faith Saved My Mafia Marriage here. I just had to put my book on audio two weeks ago and sit there and read through the whole book. A week later while she was visiting Michael, Cammy was arrested again. She says it had something to do with a faulty mortgage. “When you are stripped of all your material securities, you quickly learn where your dependence lies,” says Cammy. Franzese had a longtime reputation for fearlessness, ferocity and brutality, and was notorious for going after and killing anyone who crosses him, or anyone who crosses the Bosses. There was a federal indictment and he planned on turning himself in. John "Sonny" Franzese, Sr. was born in Naples, Italy, to Carmine "The Lion" Franzese and Maria Corvola. I get a little concerned and I worry for him, because I know he’s going back there and there could be somebody who wants to make a name for themselves. I think the second time that Michael got arrested, because he got another four and half years. John "Sonny" Franzese, Sr. (February 6, 1917 – February 24, 2020), was a powerful, old-time and notorious Italian-American mobster who has been a made member in the Colombo crime family for 88 years. Franzese had eight children, 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Franzese observed: "Today, you can’t have a body no more...It’s better to take that half-an-hour, an hour, to get rid of the body than it is to leave the body on the street.". Cammy says that in every situation, He is in control and knows best. Even as a little girl, Cammy felt the Holy Spirit working in her life. Franzese was released from the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, on June 23, 2017, at the age of 100. “But I believe that with God’s help, I had a better high school and college experience than I would have had without His guidance and inner workings.”  In 1984, Cammy, then 19, bought a one-way ticket to California and was hired as a dancer for a movie called Knights of the City.

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