Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco

Johnny Depp might have played Donnie Brasco in the Academy Award-nominated film, but the real-life hero is Joe Pistone. Pistone came up on the mean streets of Patterson, New Jersey before going deep undercover and spending six years inside the Bonanno and Columbo crime families. In the new podcast “Deep Cover-The Real Donnie Brasco,” Joe Pistone shares the true stories of his time with The Mob to his friend, and our host, actor Leo Rossi. If you loved the Sopranos--“Fuhggedaboutit”--this is The Real Donnie Brasco.


episode 3: A Fight With a Colombo

What can you do when a pistol is placed in front of you, and you’re given an ultimatum to prove yourself, or be killed? Well, Joe chose to go on the offensive with a made man of the mafia to maintain his respect and credibility. In this episode, Joe walks us through his brief time with the Colombo’s at Jilly’s social club. He reveals how he avoided getting too involved in criminal activities with help from the FBI. And how he selectively picked a fight to avoid further suspicion.

Episode Outline (17:46)

  • Jilly’s Social Club – 01:55
  • Working with the Colombos – 04:59
  • How long Joe was affiliated with the Colombos – 07:07
  • Introduction of Franky and Patsy
  • The line Joe couldn’t cross – 09:09
  • Joe’s legitimacy questioned – 11:00
  • Joe has made enemies in Colombo family – 14:21

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 2020-06-24  17m