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CHARACTERS Ê The Westies Î Librarian's note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book hereEven among the Mob the Westies were feared Out of a partnership between two sadistic thugs James Coonan and Mickey Featherstone the gang rose out of the inferno of Hell's Kitchen a decaying tenderloin slice of New York City's West Side They becDismemberment Though never numbering than a dozen members their reign lasted for almost twenty years until their own violent natures got the best of them precipitating a downfall that would become as infamous as their notorious ascension into the annals of crim. The Westies was the name given by the press and the police to a group of Irish mobsters working out of Hell's Kitchen from the late 60s to the late 80s Led by Jimmy Coonan this violent gang of psychopaths terrorized their small section of New York City leaving a trail of bodies behind Coonan started out by wanting revenge against gang leader Mickey Spillane not that Spillane who had pistol whipped Coonan's father The gang was responsible for an estimated 60 100 murders It's easy to give the Westies credit than they deserve For the most part they were brawn than brain inclined to kill people at the drop of a hat for no real reason They were often laughably incompetent Their repeated attempts to kill Danny Grillo are a good example of this Roy DeMeo a Gambino crime family soldier disposed of Grillo almost as an afterthought much to the Westies' embarrassment This is a fascinating though horrifying read The Westies placed no value on any human lives other than their own and the number of brutal murders in the book is mind numbing It is said that truth is stranger than fiction but it can also be much darker No fictional horror story can match this real life one simply because it is real The problem I have with this book is English's handling of Francis Mickey Featherstone one of the Westies' chief killers Featherstone is portrayed in a surprisingly sympathetic light A Vietnam vet with paranoid schizophrenia and possibly PTSD Featherstone comes across as pathetic and sad Uhm no He's not He's a violent criminal who brutally murdered several people Detective Jim Coffey who caught Featherstone said You wouldn't want to get into an argument with him over a parking space It's almost as if English thought he had to have a sympathetic character somewhere in this story and he figured Featherstone who copped a plea and testified against his fellow gangsters fit the bill

The WestiesDismemberment Though never numbering than a dozen members their reign lasted for almost twenty years until their own violent natures got the best of them precipitating a downfall that would become as infamous as their notorious ascension into the annals of crim. The Westies was the name given by the press and the police to a group of Irish mobsters working out of Hell's Kitchen from the late 60s to the late 80s Led by Jimmy Coonan this violent gang of psychopaths terrorized their small section of New York City leaving a trail of bodies behind Coonan started out by wanting revenge against gang leader Mickey Spillane not that Spillane who had pistol whipped Coonan's father The gang was responsible for an estimated 60 100 murders It's easy to give the Westies credit than they deserve For the most part they were brawn than brain inclined to kill people at the drop of a hat for no real reason They were often laughably incompetent Their repeated attempts to kill Danny Grillo are a good example of this Roy DeMeo a Gambino crime family soldier disposed of Grillo almost as an afterthought much to the Westies' embarrassment This is a fascinating though horrifying read The Westies placed no value on any human lives other than their own and the number of brutal murders in the book is mind numbing It is said that truth is stranger than fiction but it can also be much darker No fictional horror story can match this real life one simply because it is real The problem I have with this book is English's handling of Francis Mickey Featherstone one of the Westies' chief killers Featherstone is portrayed in a surprisingly sympathetic light A Vietnam vet with paranoid schizophrenia and possibly PTSD Featherstone comes across as pathetic and sad Uhm no He's not He's a violent criminal who brutally murdered several people Detective Jim Coffey who caught Featherstone said You wouldn't want to get into an argument with him over a parking space It's almost as if English thought he had to have a sympathetic character somewhere in this story and he figured Featherstone who copped a plea and testified against his fellow gangsters fit the bill

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The Westies Ñ Hen a decaying tenderloin slice of New York City's West Side They became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime excelling in extortion numbers running loansharking and drug peddling Upping the ante on depravity their specialty was execution by. Regardless of what some of the reviewers have written I found this to be a thoroughly riveting book putting into good honest prose something which has in the past been sensationalised on celluloid and pulp type detective novels Nowhere do we find the kind compassionate killer who cold bloodedly shoots his victim cleanly then puts his gloves on and calmly walks away Rather we find a desperate ruthlessness born of the environment of disadvantaged childhoods in an urban setting characterised by violence honour and misguided loyalties Some were cold blooded enough to kill and dispose of their victims in a particularly ghoulish way but some were caught in that endless cycle of kill or be killed Never has the term He who hesitates is lost been so aptly demonstrated or applied The mental torment suffered by those imprisoned in this lifestyle attempting to break free is brilliantly told by the author Some licence has been used in the record of the actual conversations but it must be remembered that reconstructions have been made by using several disparate viewpoints and after an interval of several years can you remember exactly what was said regarding a mundane event in your life And again what I really like to see in non fiction books the endpieces are well presented An interesting read I recommend to all interested in the American criminal underworld READ ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É T.J. English

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T.J. English É 0 CHARACTERS Librarian's note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book hereEven among the Mob the Westies were feared Out of a partnership between two sadistic thugs James Coonan and Mickey Featherstone the gang rose out of the inferno of Hell's Kitc. I first became interested in The Westies when I saw a program called True Crime on the History Channel That particular episode was about the Westies and I was somewhat glued to my television which is very rare usually I don't even turn the thing on any But this particular episode's story was so intriguing that I felt I had to know so I bought the book The Westies was gang that had as its home New York's Hell's Kitchen home to many Irish American immigrants and also controlled by a series of Irish organized crime gangs Traditionally these gangs followed certain codes of respect and deference but as the author notes it seems that after Vietnam with the rise of a new generation the old ways sort of went out the door and violence was the rule of the day Enter young Jimmie Coonan a local boy hotheaded and dangerous with vengeful ambitions to take out the current head of the Irish mob in Hell's Kitchen Mickey Spillane not the author His idea of killing was not only to do the deed but then to do the Houdini meaning making the body disappear by dismemberment Then add Mickey Featherstone another local boy who had some serious mental issues tended to solve his problems with knee jerk violence With other people working for them they began a long reign of violence extortion murder you name it But Coonan decided that for them to get anywhere they needed to hook up with the Italian mob I won't go through the entire story but as it turns out eventually a betrayal of trust leads one member down the path to become an informer However the criminal story is not 100 per cent of this bookEnglish traces the attempts made by law enforcement agencies to take down these guys I do have to also remark on the sad state of the justice system at the time as portrayed in this novelFeatherstone does several murders and walks The details are amazing and this one another one of those books I had trouble putting down My problems with this book stem from the fact that it seems somewhat biased in favor of Mickey Featherstone who by his own admission was a cold blooded psychopath who did his share of killing I find it hard to be sympathetic towards someone like this or to excuse their previous behavior just because he may have been rehabilitated later All in all a fantastic book I'm looking forward to reading about the topic and books by this author Recommended for sure