American Desperado: My Life--From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine by Jon Roberts

By Jon Roberts

The actual tale of super-criminal Jon Roberts, megastar of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys. 
 
American Desperado is Roberts’ no-holds-barred account of being born into Mafia royalty, witnessing his first homicide on the age of 7, turning into a hunter-assassin in Vietnam, returning to big apple to become--at age 22--one of the city’s major nightclub impresarios, then visiting to Miami the place in a couple of brief years he might upward push to develop into the Medellin Cartel’s premier smuggler.
 
But that’s simply half the tale. 
 
The roster of Roberts’ neighbors and friends reads like a Who’s Who of the latter half the twentieth century and contains each person from Jimi Hendrix, Richard Pryor, and O.J. Simpson to Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, and Manuel Noriega.
 
Nothing if no longer colourful, Roberts surrounded himself with appealing girls, drove his souped-up road vehicle at a most sensible pace of one hundred eighty miles in step with hour, shared his mattress with a 200-pound cougar, and hired a 6”6” specialist wrestler known as “The factor” as his bodyguard.  eventually, Roberts grew to become so robust that he attracted the eye of the Republican Party’s management, was once wooed by way of them, or even used to be co-opted by means of the CIA for which he performed its mystery agenda.
 
Scrupulously documented and relentlessly propulsive, this collaboration among a bloodhound journalist and the most audacious criminals ever is like no different crime e-book you’ve ever learn.

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Everybody was yelling, “This boy is your neighbor. ” The neighbors said I was messed up because I didn’t have a dad. A guy in the neighborhood felt sorry for me and put me on a baseball team. It was called the Firemen because we were sponsored by an engine house. Our team was all the messed-up kids from bad homes. We had a game against a team of normal kids, and a fight started. I wasn’t involved at first. But no way would I miss a fight. I grabbed a bat and started swinging. Everybody else was using their fists.

Everybody went nuts over that show. I loved Westerns. I wanted to be a gunfighter. Here was one thing I could relate to with the rest of America. But when I listened to how other people talked about Bonanza, I was amazed. We had a teacher in school who talked about the show in class. He explained how the Cartwright family* represented the good values of America because they were on the side of law and justice. My way of seeing it was different. To me the Cartwrights had the might and power, and they used it to take over all that land on their Ponderosa ranch.

One time in Mexico dirty cops put jumper cables on my balls and electrocuted me. That was not a good day. But violence and pain don’t scare me. They make me angry. They hurt. They force me to concentrate my reasoning and solve the problem of why someone is hurting me. But you take a normal person, and you break his bones, or you make him watch while you break his friend’s bones, or burn his skin with a lighter, he will become very frightened. He will follow the directions you give him. I learned this from the way my father used pain and fear.

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