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Witsec: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program

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For decades no law enforcement program has been as cloaked in controversy and mystery as the Federal Witness Protection Program. Now, for the first time, Gerald Shur, the man credited with the creation of WITSEC, teams with acclaimed investigative journalist Pete Earley to tell the inside story of turncoats, crime-fighters, killers, and ordinary human beings caught up in a life-and-death game of deception in the name of justice.

WITSEC

Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program

When the government was losing the war on organized crime in the early 1960s, Gerald Shur, a young attorney in the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, urged the department to entice mobsters into breaking their code of silence with promises of protection and relocation. But as high-ranking mob figures came into the program, Shur discovered that keeping his witnesses alive in the face of death threats involved more than eradicating old identities and creating new ones. It also meant cutting off families from their pasts and giving new identities to wives and children, as well as to mob girlfriends and mistresses.

It meant getting late-night phone calls from protected witnesses unable to cope with their new lives. It meant arranging funerals, providing financial support, and in one instance even helping a mobster’s wife get breast implants. And all too often it meant odds that a protected witness would return to what he knew best–crime.

In this book Shur gives a you-are-there account of infamous witnesses, from Joseph Valachi to “Sammy the Bull” Gravano to “Fat Vinnie” Teresa, of the lengths the program goes to to keep its charges safe, and of cases that went very wrong and occasionally even protected those who went on to kill again.

He describes the agony endured by innocent people who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up in a program tailored to criminals. And along with Shur’s war stories, WITSEC draws on the haunting words of one mob wife, who vividly describes her life of lies, secrecy, and loss inside the program.

A powerful true story of the inner workings of one of the most effective and controversial weapons in the war against organized crime and the inner workings of organized crime itself–and more recently against Colombian drug dealers, outlaw motorcycle gang members, white-collar con men, and international terrorists–this book takes us into a tense, dangerous twilight world carefully hidden in plain sight: where the family living next door might not be who they say they are. . .

Synopsis:

PETE EARLEY is the author of Family of Spies, The Hot House, Super Casino, and Circumstantial Evidence, an Edgar Award winner for Best Fact Crime.

GERALD SHUR, now retired, was the founder and longtime head of WITSEC. Both live near Washington, D.C.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Written by the founder of the Federal Witness Protection Program, this riveting book is an insider's view of the controversial crime-fighting program that provides new identities for federal witnesses.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553582437
Author:
Pete Earley and Gerald Shur
Publisher:
Bantam
Author:
Earley, Pete
Author:
Shur, Gerald
Author:
Pete Earley
Location:
New York
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criminal Law
Subject:
Witnesses
Subject:
Criminal Law - General
Subject:
Witnesses -- Protection -- United States.
Subject:
Criminals -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Law-Witnesses
Subject:
Law-Legal Guides and Reference
Subject:
non-fiction;sociology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
53
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
6.9 x 4.15 x 1 in 0.45 lb

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Product details 448 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553582437 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , PETE EARLEY is the author of Family of Spies, The Hot House, Super Casino, and Circumstantial Evidence, an Edgar Award winner for Best Fact Crime.

GERALD SHUR, now retired, was the founder and longtime head of WITSEC. Both live near Washington, D.C.

From the Hardcover edition.

"Synopsis" by , Written by the founder of the Federal Witness Protection Program, this riveting book is an insider's view of the controversial crime-fighting program that provides new identities for federal witnesses.
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