On September 21 at 9 p.m. Eastern, MOB TALK will debut on Crime Wire radio. Join co- hosts Denny Griffin and Andrew DiDonato as they and their guests take listeners beyond the newspaper headlines and into the real world of organized crime.
Listeners can interact with the hosts and guest through the show’s chat room or by telephone call in.
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Born in Queens, New York in 1965, his uncle was a capo in the Genovese organized crime family, and he grew up in Mob-controlled neighborhoods in both Queens and Brooklyn.
In 1983, Andrew was put on record with the Gambino crime family by one of its most respected and feared captains, Nicky Corozzo. As a street soldier in Corozzo’s crew, Andrew was involved in a wide range of criminal activity, including bank burglaries, armed robberies, extortion, bookmaking, assault, and attempted murder. On the streets and in the eyes of Corozzo and the Gambinos, he established a reputation as a fearless warrior and an excellent earner.
In 1997, Andrew had fallen out of favor with Corozzo and was facing death at the hands of his fellow crew mates. Members of the Lucchese crime family also wanted to kill him because of a Mob-related business dispute. At that point he switched sides and became a cooperating government witness. His subsequent testimony was instrumental in placing a number of organized crime members behind bars.
Today Andrew is helping to educate police officers in the various techniques utilized by organized crime. He also lectures young men who may be considering joining criminal gangs, informing them that the criminal lifestyle is not glamorous, and that criminals are not heroes. They inflict harm and pain on real people, including those who care about them.
Retired in 1994, after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York State, he and his wife Faith moved to Las Vegas,Nevada, shortly afterward. He wrote his first novel, The Morgue, in 1996. He currently has seven mystery/thrillers published.
Denny’s debut in non-fiction, Policing Las Vegas – A History of Law Enforcement in Southern Nevada, was released in April 2005. It covers the evolution of law enforcement in Las Vegas and Clark County from the city’s establishment in 1905.
His second non-fiction, The Battle for Las Vegas – The Law vs the Mob, tells the story of the Tony Spilotro era in Las Vegas from 1971 through1986. It was released in July 2006 and was a Computer Times Editor’s Selection in October 2006. It was used as a textbook at Purdue University’s organized crime course in the fall semester of 2010.
Battle was followed by CULLOTTA, the biography of former Chicago and Las Vegas mobster Frank Cullotta.
Denny’s latest effort is as co-author of Surviving the Mob, the biography of former Gambino crime family associate Andrew Didonato. The book was released in January 2011.
Denny is currently a co-host of the Blog Talk Radio show Crime Wire, and serves as a consultant to the Vegas Mob Tour.
He is an active member of the Henderson Writers Group, Public Safety Writers Association and Sisters in Crime.