The women breaking mafia code of silence to reveal what life is really like for a mob wife

The women breaking mafia code of silence to reveal what life is really like for a mob wife

“If you did him wrong he would kill you”: The women breaking mafia code of silence to reveal what life is really like for a mob wife
Among the eight stories featured in I Married A Mobster, are those of the wife and daughter of Colombo family hitman “The Grim Reaper”, and women who wed members of the Luchese and Bonanno criminal clans…

12:14 PM on 23rd June 2011

The real-life mob wives, clockwise, from left: Cheryl Caruso,

Heartbreak and tragedy: The real-life mob wives, clockwise, from left: Cheryl Caruso, “Big” Linda Schiro, “Little” Linda Scarpa, Angela Calvancante, Love Majewski and Andrea Giovino

Cheryl Caruso

Abandoned: Cheryl Caruso was left broke, raising two daughters alone after her husband Philly was convicted of racketeering and drug dealing

Linda Schiro Linda Scarpa

Generation gap: “Big Linda” Schiro (left) and “Little Linda” Scarpa (right) were the wife and daughter respectively of the Colombo family”s infamous hit man Greg “The Grim Reaper” Scarpa

Angela Calvancante Love Majewski

In too deep: Angela Calvancante (left) was trapped in a violent relationship with Sal Bonina. Love Majewski (left) fell for Chris Paciello, of the Bonanno family and the car-theft operation that inspired Gone in 60 Seconds

Denyce Franzese Barbara Fama Andrea Giovino

Compelling stories: Party girl Denyce (left) married Franzese scion John. The husband of Barbara Fama (centre) left his blue-collar job to join a mob, and Andrea Giovino (right) is said to have been involved with crime herself