A Visit with Sandra Peddie, author of Sonny: The Last of the Old Time Mafia Bosses, John Sonny Franzese
Sonny Franzese, the Colombo crime family underboss who ran rackets throughout Long Island, is the subject of a new biography, Sonny, The Last of the Old-Time Mafia Bosses, John “Sonny” Franzese, by Newsday investigative reporter Sandra Peddie. Franzese saw Long Island as virgin territory and opened the floodgates for organized crime in the suburbs. Ruggedly handsome and a meticulous dresser, he was the star of New York’s club scene. Celebrities flocked to him, apparently untroubled by the fact that he was also a psychopathic killer. Based on interviews with Sonny himself, as well as 130 other people, and extensive document research, the book is a rare look inside the Mafia.