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Monday, June 14, 2010

Wife Claims Sonny Franzese's Son Destroyed His Family



Denyce Franzese knew her husband was a skunk, but she was shocked to discover he's a mob rat, too.
The California woman last saw John Franzese Jr. nearly four years ago, when he vanished from their home and devastated their family.
The ruined West Coast clan is now matched by his flesh and blood in New York, torn apart by his decision to take the stand last week against his dad - reputed Colombo underboss John (Sonny) Franzese Sr.
"When I heard he was testifying against his father, it made me sick," she said. "I absolutely feel terrible for Sonny."
John Jr., 50, has offered vague explanations for his decision to become an FBI informant against his 93-year-old father - a first in the annals of organized crime.
He claimed that flipping on the Colombos was intended to keep his dad out of jail. The longtime drug addict also said he was trying "to make up for what I had done in my life."
Denyce, also 50, says he's a stone liar - and a pure loser. "John is the son who 'couldn't,'" she said. "He was born with a crown on his head, He was the favorite, but his big brother [Michael] was the popular one and the good-looking one."
She continued: "John was never a gangster, he's a wanna-be. John is lazy, he doesn't want to work."
John's adult life is a series of cut-and-runs. He was spoiled rotten as a kid in Roslyn, L.I., spending wads of money on clothes and driving a new car every year.
While Michael Franzese became a made man in the Colombo family, rising to the rank of capo before quitting the mob life, John remained his father's errand boy.
His drug use made John untrustworthy among members of the crime family.
John abandoned Long Island in 2001 to seek help for his drug habit at Odessa, a Los Angeles rehab center where Denyce served as director.
They fell in love, and were married in 2004. After he split, Denyce - who once dated Marlon Brando's troubled son Christian - said she never heard a word about John until his appearance in Brooklyn Federal Court.
"He walked out on me Sept. 17, 2006, and never came back," she recounted. "It was like the old story where the guy goes out to get cigarettes.
"He left me destitute and he broke a little boy's heart," she said, referring to her then 12-year-old son by another marriage.
John may be a mob nobody, but he's his father's son. He once showed his wife a copy of the mob tome, "Murder Machine," stuffed with newspaper clippings about his father's legendary exploits.
Sonny, while never convicted of murder, was caught on tape bragging about multiple gangland killings and opining on the art of murder and body disposal.
"I can't personally say if [Sonny's] a murderer," Denyce said. "I know my father-in-law as 'Dad.' He told my son to call him Grandpa. To me, he's a big old teddy bear."
After John bolted, Denyce said she lost her apartment. She recalls spending many nights sleeping in her car or on friend's couches while her husband pocketed $50,000 from his FBI handler.
"I was a damn good wife," she said. "I would love to show up in that courtroom and say to him, 'Remember me?'"

 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/the_mob/2010/06/14/2010-06-14_it_made_me_sick_when_he_testified_against_dad_nod_fathers_boy_a_nightmare_wife.html#ixzz0qpVG3KsP


20 comments:

  1. you people deserve what you get!! "big teddy bear"? he raped a girl in a garage... you hug him yourself.... no thank you!!! what a sleeze!! I can see why his son turned him in.

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  2. I was sunny's barber in prison. he was always nice to me. he always called me crow.

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    1. His nickname is Sonny not sunny. Get it right.

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  3. I dated John in 2008, I never knew much about his past, but he was a very different guy than what is being portrayed. He was a very important part of my life back then and I am better person for having known him. I truly believe that people can change for the better. I have seen it many times. Desperate times call for desperate measures and I feel sure that the decisions he made were not easy.

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  4. John lives in Peekskill hiding out in a place called stuhr gardens he's a weirdo

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    1. Not weirdo but a drug addict

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  5. Murder Machine was about the DeMeo crew. Sonny Franzese isn't in that book to the best of my knowledge.

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    1. Sonny was killing way before the DeMeo crew, 50's and 60's. Word is 40 killings is a low estimate. FBI says up to 60..

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  6. I walked the track with Sonny in Milan, he was 82 going on 50, one hell of a guy!

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  7. Murdering rapist.....hell of a guy! Go suck off owebama, you sick pos.

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    1. and you guys are so happy to welcome Trumpy and his dynasty. read in huffington he gives govt. projects to each of his children plus his relatives. America is under emperor Trumpy dynasty now ... waks...:p

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    2. Tia, you still mad?? Stop gaming the system and turn in your Obama phone for a Trump alarm clock... The American people are sick and tired of paying for your cubs!!

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  8. He is a scumbag shake down artist. I hope he dies on his release date. Old scum bag. Criminal

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  9. I believe the Mafia was a great organization that got too carried away with their power. I think they could have done great things to fix up America. I just hope that whatever Mafia is left that they get their shit together and take back America like they once had a hold on. I will support them.

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    1. There is no Mafia in America. Only in Italy. This was the Mob. Different organization.

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  10. I knew Sonny a long time ago. He was always a good person to chat with or just simply walk with. He bothered no one and people usually respected him. I had a problem once a long time ago. Made 1 phone call to Long Island and the problem disappeared. Sonny was a complex guy, a friend and a cold enemy if you crossed him wrongly. Sonny ran a business. The difference in him and wall street is he didn't call the cops when you did him wrong. I can tell you it hurt Him a lot when his sons turned out to be rats. Sonny was stand up people. I was shocked that both his sons loved the good life but couldn't stand the pressure. In some ways I am surprised both of them still live. In other ways I know why they live. They are lucky they were Sonny's sons. Anyone else and they were dead before the sun set. Personally, I will always remember Sonny with ki9nd thouhgts

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  11. you are wrong. he wasn't hurt by his sons....he was the mastermind behind their BS

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  12. he wasn't upset by his sons actions...he was the mastermind behind their BS.

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  13. This rat hides out in Putnam County. You'll run into him a lot on Fair St by the HS. Still wears his hat backwards like he's 15.

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