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Reformed Mafia boss, author to speak at WFU

August 28, 2007

Michael Franzese, the highest-ranking Mafia official ever to quit the crime organization and live to tell about it, will present a lecture titled “Blood Covenant” at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in Pugh Auditorium in Wake Forest University’s Benson University Center.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Franzese speaks regularly about the dangers of gambling to players, coaches and staffs of professional and collegiate sports teams and delivers his anti-crime message at corporate meetings, universities and on television and radio.

The son of a Colombo crime family kingpin, Franzese joined the Mafia at 24 and became one of the mob’s biggest money earners since Al Capone.  Although he drew the attention of then-federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani and a 14-agency government task force charged solely with taking him down, he managed to elude conviction on numerous racketeering indictments.  After marrying, he gave up his life of crime, pleaded guilty and accepted a prison sentence.

In his books “Quitting the Mob” and “Blood Covenant,” Franzese explains why he changed his life and how he survived seven years of prison and a Mafia death sentence. 

The lecture is sponsored by the Wake Forest University Student Union.  For more information, call (336) 758-5697 or e-mail

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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