New Memoir Illuminate a Life of Crime, Prison

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Michael Castello’s “Brooklyn Crazy Guy” details how one man lived in the criminal world

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“It was one fiasco after another. All I could think of was crime. I loved to handle guns – it gave me a sense of power. I would practice in front of the mirror: I wanted to be James Cagney, tough and vicious.” These statements aptly capture the flavor of Michael Castello’s new memoir “Brooklyn Crazy Guy” (published by Trafford Publishing).

In his book, Castello recounts a lifetime of crime and violence, telling how he grew up poor and uneducated and turned early to crime as a way of life. A lifetime felon and longtime convict, his past gives his prose a powerful authenticity.

An excerpt from “Brooklyn Crazy Guy”:

When we went home for lunch, I told my mom; there was a dead man sitting in a car. She told me to leave him alone; that he might be sleeping. I told my mom that I blew the horn. Mom said he might be deaf. Could I tell mom that I stuck a pencil four inches deep into his skull? If you wanted to get rid of someone, the marsh was the place. It was a hit man’s cemetery. Just think. “You don’t need to buy a tombstone.” Some hit men get lazy and let the maggots do the work. The mob in the old days had to call for a sit down, to stop the killings long enough to let the stench of death dissipate; so that people could get a breath of fresh air.

Despite the serious subject matter, much of Castello’s inspiration comes from entertaining purposes. “You will see a little of me in you,” he says to his readers. “It will let you smile, laugh, and be horrified.”

About the Author
Michael Castello is 82 years old and was a criminal most of his life. He had no education and as a child was a troublemaker. As a teenager, he was a gang member. As a man he became a bank robber and escaped from a federal maximum security prison. After remaining a fugitive for 11 years, Castello spent 20 years in state and federal prisons.    

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