- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
See why the first Mafia turncoat exposed the secrets of La Cosa Nostra and his life of crime.
- Experts reveal the discrepancies and shortcomings in his accounts.
- Explore his life as a low-ranking operative in the Luciano family.
- See footage of his testimony before the Senate.
He was a low-ranking, barely literate Mafia operative who became one of the most important criminal informers in history. Yet his testimony did not directly lead to any convictions.
Before Joseph Valachi took the stand in front of the Senate Permanent Investigations Subcommittee, the FBI maintained that there was no such thing as the Mafia. In two months of testimony, he helped to finger over 300 Mafiosos, and while his accounts were compromised by inconsistencies and his own credulity, it marked a sea change in the way organized crime is viewed and prosecuted in America.
BIOGRAPHY® traces Valachi's life of crime from his first dealings with Salvatore Maranzano to the "kiss of death" that led him to break Omerta. See galvanizing footage of his historic testimony, and hear from organized crime experts and law enforcement officials as they reflect on his legacy.