T-Bone was sentenced to 13 years today. The
ruthless players in the Arizona justice system have made an example out of him
for exercising his right to a trial. They don’t like to be made a fool of in
court, which T-Bone managed to do by being found not guilty on all of his major
charges. The justice system in Arizona is extremely racist, so even though T-Bone
proved his innocence on the major charges, he was still hung out to dry.
It’s also a business thing. If T-Bone
serves 10 years, the prison system will get $500,000 of taxpayers’ money to
house him – that’s $50,000 a year. USA companies and politicians make big money
locking people like T-Bone up. Not only that, but declassified CIA documentshave shown that the USA government was the biggest importer of the cocaine T-Bone
got addicted to. The journalist who exposed this, Gary Webb, was killed. It’s
all in the recent movie, Kill the Messenger.
So the USA government profited from bringing the cocaine in and the USA
corporations – who pay off the politicians – continue to profit from locking cocaine
addicts like T-Bone up. The whole thing is a racket.
T-Boneis a massively-built spiritual ex-Marine, who uses fighting skills to stop prison rape. T-Bone’s latest letter from Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail:
Now you remember that guy BeaverI was
telling you about who raped the old man with mental illness? Well, he has done
it again to a guy who is gay, but wasn’t willing to partake in sexual relations
with him. He raped him. I still haven’t had a chance to get to Mr Beaver yet, but
I am praying for him.
There are a few things that have
happened. Number one: people here are getting drugs from the doctors and
crushing them up and putting them in sodas, with which they are raping their
cellmates. It’s happened in different pods. Man, what a place. I see these guys
with fear and shame on all of their faces. Number two: people are trying to
commit suicide because of this place. Several guys tried to hang themselves
recently. I get sentenced on March 20. This whole
situation is a wake-up call for me to seriously stop making excuses for things
that have happened in my life. I sat there in that courtroom and listen to
those people talk about me, and at times it was surreal. Those people were
empty and cold, but they are in public office for justice. They tried to convict
an innocent man: me, but God is in control, and he said no. He touched the
hearts of the jurors and he’s going to release me. I please ask all of the
people at the T-Bone Appreciation Society to pray for my sentencing.
I am requesting your help choosing which
chapter to open Two Tonys’ book with. Two Tonys was a Mafia associate and mass
murderer who protected me in prison. I have two possible openings. Opening one was
well received by the Woking Writers Circle, but some of my associates there, including
Richard Penny, asked me to write a second opening revolving around how Two
Tonys got his name. Both openings are below. If you have the time to read them,
your comments are much appreciated.
before facing the death penalty, I was raised in the smoky, shadowy, shade of
the Chrysler plant on the east side of Detroit – the industrial capital of the
world – strictly bona fide blue-collar territory, with plant whistles blowing
and all that shit. My earliest memory is of soldiers returning from World War II.
Germany and Japan were in ruins. Even England was bombed out.
Our neighbourhood was
Irish and Italian. Detroit was booming, really jumping, a lot of people were
making money. Malls didn’t exist. If you wanted to eat out, you went up
Jefferson Avenue – six lanes wide with street cars that looked like little trains
running down the middle – and stopped in one of the greasy spoons, little
bullshit restaurants here and there. No Denny’s. No International House Of Pancakes.
No fucking chain corporations.
Back in those days, my
Italian mother stayed at home and my Irish father was an industrial serf, an
assembly line worker for Chrysler for twenty-five years. God bless him. Out of
my two sisters, the one who’s sixteen years older than me got married early.
The one thirteen years older – who I shared a back bedroom with – married when
I was ten. We lived downstairs in a two-story house. Other people lived
upstairs. The houses in my neighbourhood were so close, I could take my hands
and press them against the opposite walls. A sheeny man would come around and
blow his horn to see if we had any rags or stuff to sell. We’d hang out on the
back of his wagon. He’d yell at us and run us off.
As a paperboy, selling
the Detroit Free Press at night, I
saw a lot of fights in the bars, especially among the drunken servicemen who’d
come home. It was normal to see violence as I delivered the papers. I also
worked as a shoeshine boy, and a stock boy for Vasily – Greek for Bill – and his
partner, Socrates. Just about every fucking corner in our neighbourhood had a
Greek market on it. As a stock boy, I put soda bottles on shelves and stuff
like that. Vasily gave me a few dollars, but I was always a hustler.
Across the street from
me on Kitty Corner was Honky John, an old man who sat on his front porch all
day, retired. A lot of guys hung out there who were sort of thuggish: Jimmy
Damasco, Billy Fox, the DeMarco Brothers, Cato Pasco. They weren’t mobsters,
just thugs in their early twenties. Only twelve, I could go over there and get
in. I couldn’t join the conversation, but I’d get to listen. Billy Fox lived up
the street from me. I’d see him washing his cars, and I’d help him. I started
developing awe for guys like that, tough guys, thugs, when I should have been
looking at my dad as a role model or people working at the Chrysler plant who
paid their bills and didn’t go to bars and get drunk all of the time. Instead,
I admired those motherfuckers, those pieces of shit who wanted to go out and
beat people up. I started knowing those guys, and they started knowing me.
My fondness for that
element of person in my preteen years was the beginning of the development into
what I became: homicidal. Just like they wrote in my presentence report: I have
a propensity for violence. Even now I walk around prison all day – where I’m
serving 125 years – and look at motherfuckers who I’d like to take a lead pipe
to, and bust them across the nose with and knock their teeth out. But what
stops me is I’m too old and liable to get my ass whupped, and I don’t want to
go back to the conditions in the hole – a dungeon where they throw you for breaking
the rules – where I’ve already served enough time. The act of violence does
something inside of me. It makes me feel good. Looking back on things – I’m no
psychologist or nothing – but there’s a time in a kid’s life when you shouldn’t
whip him even though your intentions might be good, and you might think that you’re
helping him. I ask myself the question sometimes: what the fuck makes me like
this? The bottom line is as a little kid I got whipped a lot by my parents. I
don’t know why they whipped me. It would start with me sassing my mom, talking
shit, nothing heavy, just kid shit. My mother and father would take me into the
basement. She’d whip me with an ironing chord. There was a rack with towels on
it, and I’d grab the rack. I can still visualise her whipping me. The whip
would go crack-crack-crack as she hit
me until I shut the fuck up. I was thinking, I’m gonna kill you someday. I’m going to get a shotgun and blow your fucking
head off. My dad whipped me with his belt even though I never sassed him.
My mother stuck a big ol’ two-pronged turkey fork in my neck one time, and
said, “I’ll kill you.” You don’t think that had an effect on me? I was just a
little guy. I take full responsibility for whacking motherfuckers who had it
coming, but the point I’m making is that a combination of the neighbourhood,
the neighbourhood brawls, it being such a violent time in society, and the
whippings, fuck yeah, I turned into a violent motherfucker. Even now in my old
age, I feel it. When I first arrived at one prison, I cut a motherfucker’s
finger off. There’s a Catholic priest in here convicted of sex offences. I’d
like to grab a rock, cave his head in, go back to my house and eat a soup. That’s
who I am, but I’m trying to change. That’s what Mafia bosses look for: guys
like me who’ve been kicked around a bit.
As water seeks its own
level, the kids I hung out with in Detroit were just like me, baby thugs running
around with greased-back hair. A guy, Jerry LaFrance, approached me and my
friends and said he needed a favour. There was a shop with a scab barber
cutting hair for less than a dollar a head, and Jerry contracted us to go there
with fucking rocks, throw them through the windows, and try and hit the
mirrors, which we did. And what did we get for that? We all went bowling.
Each neighbourhood had
a guy you went to if you had problems with someone. The guy was associated with
the Mafia, which was set up for the benefit of the top guy, the apex, and there
were multiple levels right down to us teenage kids. The top echelon were the
made guys and bosses. Then there were associates. There were also wannabes and
hangers-on – the type of motherfucker who didn’t have the heart or balls to be
used for anything heavy or half-ass light. The ones with the nuts had to take a
few risks every now and then as they were always trying to get a pat on the
head or an attaboy from the higher ups.
In the fifties, when I
was sixteen, I frequented Richard’s Drive-In restaurant. In those days, you’d
go around in your car, three or four of you, and drive in the drive through all
night long. It didn’t stop. That was the craze. One time, we saw some friends
fighting some guys, so we jumped out of our car, and got into it, fighting in
the middle of the drive-in. I had a little knife. A guy bigger than me came at
me, so I took my knife out and stabbed him in the belly a couple of times, but
not real deep because the blade wasn’t that long. We got away, but one of our
friends got caught. He told me, “The cops want to talk to you about that
stabbing,” so I went down there with my brother-in-law, Harper Woods, a cop out
of Detroit. He talked to the cops and a judge he knew. He told the judge I was
going to join the military. The judge said he would give me a break if I joined
the service, so I signed up for the Navy at only sixteen.
At seventeen, I left
home for the navy. I got in a lot of fights, especially bar fights, and – this
part I’m not proud of but I’m going to tell you anyway – I developed a penchant
for stealing. I stole a Navy car in Okinawa, and headed for a whorehouse,
drunk. I rolled the motherfucker end over end three times, and put my buddy
from Eureka, California in hospital. I was OK. I walked away from the
motherfucker, not a mark on me. At a special court martial, I was sentenced to
180 days hard labour in the brig, and a fine of $160. I was a two striper, and
they busted me down to one stripe, but everything had to approved by the
captain of the ship. He cut everything in half, so I got 90 days, a fine of
$80, and I kept my two stripes. I was told not to go ashore until we got to the
continental limits of the United States.
In the Philippines, our
ship, the USS Vesuvius, a big grey ammunition ship, had a change of command.
The new captain declared an amnesty on the four or five of us who couldn’t go
ashore. What do you think I did? I went ashore that night. My first time out in
two months, I got drunk, shacked up with a hooker, and stayed gone for four
fucking days even though I was supposed to have been back at midnight on the
first night. I ran out of money, but my buddies came off the ship. We went
drinking, and to a whorehouse. I eventually got tired. I’d run out of gas. I
had no money, and the hooker was looking at me funny, so I decided to go back
aboard. My boat pulled up to the USS Vesuvius, and I went up the gangway.
At the end of the
gangway was the XO, executive officer, second in command, a strapping redhead
with a severe face. “What did you do, get hungry?”
Staring at him, I said,
“What’s for supper?”
I had to go to a
captain’s mast, a disciplinary hearing with the captain as the judge. He gave
me more hard labour, and I couldn’t go ashore until the continental limits of
the United States. I had to report to a master-at-arms, a ship cop who arranged
hours of extra work for me, which could be at any time of the day or night.
People were going to watch a movie, and he’d be sending me to work. Next I got
a summary court martial for sleeping on watch. I’d hit the duty station, and
fall asleep. My stealing got worse. I wasn’t by myself: two or three of us were
doing it. My fighting got worse. I’d go ashore, and get into it with guys from
other ships, and have fights on-board.
In the navy, I lived on
the USS Vesuvius for three years, seven months, and ten days. Vesuvius is the
volcano that destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae in the year 79 AD. They
found bodies of motherfuckers sat at tables and lying in bed who’d died quickly
’cause a pyroclastic cloud had swarmed their lungs. There’s something to be
said for living dangerously. And I’m not knocking employees of Wal-Mart, Sears
or KFC. It’s not easy going into a heavily armed hotel room at two in the
morning and blowing a guy’s face off, but it gives you a feeling of living on
the edge. Look at footballer, Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinal, an NFL player,
a college grad. He gave up a multi-million-dollar contract to join the army,
went to Afghanistan to fight the Mujahedeen, and got his ass blown off by
friendly fire. Some say it was patriotism, but I say it was for fucking
I got an honourable
discharge from the Navy on 5th March 1958. Towards the end of my
time in the Navy, I was thinking, What
are you gonna do back in Detroit?
At the foot of our
street was the Harbor Bar built on old pilings. I was twenty one, just out of
the Navy, when I went there with three friends. After talking drunken shit, we got
into it with five guys bigger than us. Me and my friend, Bobby, flat put it on
those motherfuckers, and fought until the end. We had that Irish in us – know what
I mean? – and I had my Italian slyness. I slipped out before the cops arrived.
I was in the back of a convertible when we hit a roadblock. The cops walked up
to the car, and did a knuckle check. My knuckles were bloody, so they took me
to the jailhouse. What did I do? I dropped my cop brother-in-law’s name. They
talked to him on the phone – he knew them all – and they let me go. The cops
told me that the customers watching the fight were in awe of Bobby and me.
After that fight, I knew in my heart and soul that I’d end up making a career
from doing the violent shit I did. It was my destiny.
came to Tucson in 1963 with fellas from Detroit, but they drifted back, leaving
me scratching shit with the chickens. So, with my credentials as an associate
of the Licavoli crime family, I started putting work in with the Bonannos. Nothing
heavy. Just fucking up a few guys here and there. Busting up a few pool tables.
Doing a couple of bombings.
That same year I was
introduced to Charlie “Batts” Battaglia, who was running Tucson Vending Company
for the Bonannos. Being a young guy, I was in awe of Batts, a lieutenant in the
Bonanno crime family. He was the epitome of a gangster with his hair slicked
back, wearing dress slacks, alligator shoes and pinkie rings, and chomping on
an Antonio and Cleopatra cigar. If I’m Francis Ford Coppola, and I’m making a
gangster movie, I want a guy like Batts in it.
Batts had a few whacks
to his name. Back in the fifties, him and Jimmy the Weasel, working for the
Dragnas, clipped two thugs named Tony. Batts and the Weasel got in the back of a
car, and shot the two Tonys, who were sat up front.
My partner, Sal
Spinelli, told me that Batts wanted to meet us about whacking the prosecutor on
his extortion case. Sal said he’d told Batts we’d do it, but Sal didn’t want to
do it. He said it was up to me to get us out of it. Sal wanted to be a made man.
He thought he was on his way, but his heart pumped Kool-Aid in tough situations.
We met Batts at the
Hilton Coffee Shop. He looked at me, took his sunglasses off, and said, “I’ve
got a guy in my way that I want out of my way. I want you to think about it,
and I’m gonna ask you in a couple of days if you’ll do it.”
So far I hadn’t done any
whacks. Two days later, I told Batts, “I don’t think I can do anything that
“No problem,” Batts
said. “It’s over. Forget about it.”
Now, let’s roll the
clock forward to 1977. Batts had just done six years for extortion. I had a
fresh whack. I’d earned my spurs. One of my partners, Freddie, owned The Sahara
Hotel in Tucson, where I was living in a suite with carte blanche on drinks. Me
and Freddie were drinking and doing cocaine every night. Life was good. I was wearing
a Rolex and chains. I had pockets full of C-notes. I was driving my Eldorado. I
wasn’t the kid Batts had tried to recruit over ten years ago. I was a
Batts – using the same
routine – set up a meeting with me and Sal at 8 AM at the Village Inn. He kept
throwing out the name Lilo, who was Carmine Galante, a mobster involved in over
eighty murders. I realised Batts was full of shit. He was washed up. He had no
power. So, at the Village Inn, I was as mad as hell. I’d been up all night,
hustling, fucking with broads. I was so high on coke, my nostrils looked like
fucking rims on margarita glasses. And I had this fat greaseball motherfucker –
who had no troops – acting the part, when he’d shrunk down to scuzz. I was getting
more and more pissed off at him. He was trying to get me and Sal to jam some
guy named Domenic, and throwing out Lilo’s name.
It was Sunday morning,
so the Village Inn was full of church-going motherfuckers. The Batts – the loud
talking motherfucker – started on about my business partner, Freddie. He said, “Fuck
Freddie. I’ll grab his ass and shake him down.” Strapped with a .38 in a Velcro
holster on my ankle, I was ready to turn the table over and whack the
motherfucker if he’d pushed the envelope any further.
Slowly, I took my
glasses off. “Look at me. Look at my fucking eyes. Let me tell you something
right now. If you or anyone else makes a move on Freddie, I’m gonna take it as
a personal attack on me.”
I could tell by his
eyes that he thought I was an umbatz – a crazy. He backed way down, and started
talking about us starting our own group with Lilo’s approval. He knew we knew
he was a nobody, and the tables had turned.
Then, after the meeting,
Sal said to me, “At the Village Inn, when you got in that motherfucker’s face,
I could feel the spirits of those Two Tonys at the table.”
T-Boneis a massively-built spiritual ex-Marine, who uses fighting skills to stop prison rape. T-Bone’s latest letter:
I’ve been dealing with a guy who likes
to rape old guys. His name is Beaver. I haven’t been able to get to him yet but
I will. He took advantage of a guy who has a learning disability, and all the
cops did was write him up with a disciplinary ticket and move the old man. But
Beaver will slip and bam! I’ll be
A kid named Gordo (Fat Boy) got drunk
and started yelling about “Fucking someone in the butt.” He gave his cellmate some
pills and took advantage of him. As I write this, Gordo is banging on the wall
of his cell, disrespecting everyone in here. His day is coming too.
There was hair and rocks in the slop tonight.
The cops spat in one guy’s food. I won’t eat it until it changes.
Please ask all the people at the T-Bone Appreciation
Society to pray for my sentencing hearing on March 6th. Peace and God bless you.
T-Bone's sentencing was postponed until
March 20. T-Bone was cleared of all of his major charges last month. The one
minor charge should only carry a small sentence and as T-Bone has already been
held on remand for almost 3 years, we are hoping he will get released due to