I am sucker for true crime.
Giving me a three part miniseries about the FBI going up against the New York mafia in the 1970’s and 1980’s is like a juicy ribeye steak pulled off the grill just at the right moment. There’s something timeless about real mobsters dominating the streets and staying ahead of the authorities, only to have those tables turn with the creation of the R.I.C.O act.
With this new charge, the FBI were able to connect a mob “soldier’s” wrongdoing up the ladder to the “captain,” “underboss,” and eventually, the boss himself. Five hard-hitting crime families were suddenly deer in the headlights, and the new Netflix documentary, “Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia,” does a great job of putting together the pieces that slowly made that happen.
You get testimony from real life mobsters and commentary from the federal agents who made the groundbreaking charges stick and see it play out with actual footage. It’s like a movie … only 100% real.
In addition to other forms of entertainment, both new and old, I reviewed “Fear City” on the latest segment of The Large Morning in The Afternoon with Frank O. Pinion last week.
Here’s the audio from the full hour.