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Mob Murder Victims’ Relatives Seek Profits From Killer’s Daughter’s Memoir

Posted Feb 10, 2012 3:15 PM CDT
By Mark Hansen

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Courtesy of St. Martin's Press.

Relatives of some of murderous Mob underboss Salvatore "Sammy the Bull' Gravano's victims are seeking a share of the profits from his daughter's upcoming memoir, Mob Daughter.

The victims' kin are enlisting the Arizona attorney general's help in going after Karen Gravano's earnings from the sale of the book under the state's so-called Son of Sam law, which prevents criminals from profiting from their crimes, the New York Daily News reports.

The relatives include Laura Garofalo, whose father, Edward, was killed by Gravano in 1990; and Roseanne Massa, whose brother Michael DeBatt, was murdered on orders from Gravano in 1997.

"It's harrowing to hear Karen Gravano boast week after week on her reality show Mob Wives that violence is 'in my bloodline,'" Garofalo wrote in a letter to the Arizona AG. "She continues to utilize her and her father's criminal enterprises to lure viewers and generate revenue for herself and VH1."

"My brother was killed by Sammy, then he was killed again when (Sammy) wrote his book and now he's being killed a third time in (Karen Gravano's) book," Massa reportedly told the newspaper.

Gravano served only five years in prison for 19 mob murders in exchange for his testimony against the late Gambino crime boss John Gotti. He is now serving a 20-year sentence for running an Ecstasy drug ring in Arizona.

The Arizona attorney general previously helped relatives of Sammy Gravano's victims recover $420,000 from the sales of his memoir, Underboss.

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