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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Alleged Genovese family hitman shares his connection to heaven in memoir

He’s La Cosa Nostradamus.
Paul “Doc” Gaccione, 65, says he knows for a fact that there’s an afterlife — and it’s not because he once put someone there with his fist.
The beret-wearing alleged gangster, awaiting a June murder trial in a 1992 mob rubout in The Bronx, claims he speaks to the dead, has viewed the hereafter and witnessed miracles.
While out on $1 million bail, the Godfather of Souls decided to share his special gifts with the world, penning an autobiography, “Beyond the Beyond: My Journey to Destiny.”
“I bring good news, not from me but from my mother’s spirit,” he writes.
MAMMA MIA! Paul “Doc” Gaccione, facing trial over a 1992 mob killing, has written a memoir revealing that his departed mother is giving him guidance from above.
J.C. Rice
MAMMA MIA! Paul “Doc” Gaccione, facing trial over a 1992 mob killing, has written a memoir revealing that his departed mother is giving him guidance from above.
“One day your heart will stop beating. That will be the end of your body and your time on earth, but it will not be the end of you,” he adds.
The devout Catholic denies any mob connection or any role in the 1992 murder, but he does confess to once killing a man 44 years ago with a single punch during a brawl in a diner parking lot — and claims to still pray for his victim.
“This hand here took a man’s life, OK?” he said, weeping as he balled his hand into a fist. “There’s not a Sunday that I do not pray for this man’s spirit.”
The divorced father of four’s spiritual journey began in 2008, when he claims a portal dotted with orbs of light opened up in his bedroom wall one night.
“It was like an elevator type of a flow that was going into the direction of where the big opening was,” he said. “It was like a vacuum.”
That’s when his dead mamma appeared, telling him that there is life after death and that destiny is predetermined.
Gaccione tried to enter the heavenly hallway, but it disappeared faster than a bracciole in the Sunday sauce.
The experience left him feeling closer to higher beings — three specifically: Oprah, Don Imus and Deepak Chopra.
“I had no idea whatsoever why I felt that way about them,” he wrote. “All I knew was that they each have a special living spirit inside.”
Mamma also managed a miracle — smoking out the cancer afflicting his pal “Richie Cigar,” after Gaccione mailed him her St. Michael medallion.
“I’m cancer-free. You’re mother’s spirit did it!” Richie told him.
Richie’s cancer unfortunately came back, he reveals in the book.
Once, his dead mamma whispered to him that he should play her birthday — April 6 — at the roulette table in Atlantic City. He placed a $70 bet on 6.
“It came out of the very first spin, just as my mother’s spirit told me it would.”
He upped his bet to $200 and played the number again. He walked away, crying, with $9,600.
So far, mamma is adhering to omerta about Gaccione’s upcoming trial.
Prosecutors say that on June 3, 1992, Gaccione drove a getaway van for Genovese associate John “Johnny Balls” Leto, who whacked back-seat passenger Angelo Sangiuolo as a train rumbled by on Westchester and Wilkinson avenues in The Bronx.
They ditched the van, with the 32-year-old’s body inside, in a Pelham Bay McDonald’s parking lot, federal prosecutors say.
The hit was allegedly ordered by Genovese family boss Vinny “The Chin” Gigante after complaints that Sangiuolo was ripping off the family’s gambling joints. Capo Angelo Prisco was told to hire the hitmen.
Prisco and Leto were both convicted of murder in federal court. Prisco received a life sentence in 2009, and Leto cut a deal the next year to cooperate with authorities.
Secure in his knowledge of an afterlife, Gaccione seems at peace with the prospect of spending his mortal life behind bars. It will even give him time to write his next spiritual masterpiece, which will tackle the existence of God.
“If my destiny is to spend the rest of my life in prison, then I would . . . do everything I could to continue the mission.”


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