Someone had to fight the crimes of the Black Hand. Someone who knew the language and who
could fit in, a person who was tough and had the courage to do battle with the Mafia
THE SCRIPTING OF A MOVIE
This is a true story. The epic of one detective's all-out war against
and his cutthroats and of the mission that took the detective from New York to Palermo
Our Story Unfolds
New York has always been a major melting pot for the world's immigrants. And during
the close of the 19th century the blending of people and cultures also brought to the
USA a steady flow of criminals and their crime skills. Many came from southern Italy,
and, on arrival, they set up crime machines that had the Irish cops on the street
baffled. The media called them the Black Hand. They were really factions of
the Neopolitan Camorra and the Sicilian Mafia. One 5'3" man from Italy proper joined the
NYPD and used his language, his disguises, and his incredible courage to put Mafia
leaders on the run - sending many to prison and having many others deported.
No policeman was better known in New York City in the early 1900s than Giuseppe 'Joseph'
Petrosino, a man who loved music, played the violin with some skill, and had the
reputation for "knocking out more front teeth than a dentist." He prowled the New York
Little Italy in disguises, sitting next to his crime targets in bars, and picking up
details of their plans and membership. He had a first name relationship with the future
President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, and could mingle with the worst
of the cutthroats then inhabiting the city's bars, brothels, and back alleys.
A VERY SHORT COP
(Who was bigger than life)
Petrosino wanted to be a policeman since
working the steps of one police precinct as a shoe-shine boy in his teens. He was always too short, too heavy,
spoke poor English - - and wasn't Irish. The officers always laughed when they heard
his future goal to join them as a foot patrolman. Later, he did join them and went on
to shake a city and dismember the Mafia. This is the true story of Giuseppe Petrosino.
His Remarkable Qualities
Petrosino, a man short in stature, who married late, fought his way into the police
department, was promoted three times, took on the worst criminals in New York's
history at the time, chased the Mafia down no matter where it hid, and became the
world's first intelligence commander within a police department.
Where We're Headed
This is a true story developed from the facts as they still exist. We found little need
to fabricate since this man did it all, was colorfully eccentric, blunt in his talks
with the media, his commanders, the commissioners, Presidents of the United States, and
absolutely fearless whenever he had an opportunity to face down bandits, arsonists,
extortionists and murderers. No one could stand up to him face to face - - and then
he made his fateful journey to Palermo.
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THE PALMER PRESS WRITING TEAM
The Palmer Press has brought together several writers with knowledge of police work and
police intelligence. Their skills include research, the production of books, plays and
movie scripts, a traveler's knowledge of Italy and Sicily, and a deep committment to
bringing Giuseppe Petrosino's life and work to the screen.
© copyright 8 May, 2003 - The Palmer Press, Jack Morris, Publisher - All