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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Former Philadelphia mob hitman finds God



In the 1990s, John Veasey was killing people for a living as a hit man in the Philadelphia Mob. Just two years ago, a one-time rival and his wife say he was threatening them on the phone and Facebook. Today, Veasey drives a church bus and attends weekly worship as a Born Again Christian in a Middle American suburb. There, he lives with a new wife and new identity, but still exhibits some of the old attitude that made him one of the most feared gangsters in Philadelphia. Byron Pitts reports on this ex-government witness, whose testimony helped decimate organized crime in Philadelphia, for a 60 Minutes story to be broadcast Sunday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Veasey says he has found God, but a Philadelphia woman says he has left some very un-Christian voicemails on her telephone. Kathy Ciancaglini, whose husband John was acquitted in 2001 of the murder of Veasey's brother, Billy, tells Pitts the messages are "Frightening...It's intimidating. He believes that my husband has killed his brother." Ciancaglini says Veasey also posted menacing photos on Facebook, in addition to the voicemails, which she says she saved.
"I don't give a &*%# if I get caught...I will get you John," he says on the tape. "How's your wife feel about that? Maybe I'll hit her in the @#$, too, you &*%#ing punk." Cianaglini doesn't believe he has found any religion. "He's the punk. He threatens me, calls my husband a punk...he threatens women. That's what he does," she tells Pitts.
Veasey keeps himself in shape and works on his boxing skills when he's not at his job as a top car salesman or at home with his wife. But his name has appeared in at least four police reports over the past five years, 60 Minutes has learned. In 2008, an argument in a restaurant led to a fight and his arrest and a subsequent guilty plea for misdemeanor battery. He explains to Pitts how the man he fought with became badly injured. "I waited for him to take his drink and I sized him up and I hit him with a good punch and the glass went through his face," says the former Mob enforcer. He doesn't apologize for the incident and shrugs it off as a common occurrence blown up because of his past. "The only reason [the battery] is big for me [is] because I'm a killer," Veasey says. "You think about how many of your friends had a barroom fight growing up."
The tough talk prompts Pitts to ask Veasey whether he still might have some of that bad gangster in him. "That's something you'll have to wonder...I don't know," he says with a laugh, "That's still open for debate."
But his old life wasn't all bad, he tells Pitts. In his days as a hit man, he also volunteered as a Boy Scout leader. The irony of such a role didn't occur to him. "I never really thought about it like that, I mean, I would drive by and I'd have the kids in my station wagon and then at night, I might be in the Cadillac." He admitted that at night, he would be hunting people he was under orders to kill. "The kids didn't know I was a hit man. A lot of their parents were mad, but their kids had fun when I took them camping," says Veasey.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57574273/from-hit-man-to-church-man/


2 comments:

  1. GOD IS GOOD!!! CONGRATUALTIONS TO VEASEY - IT TAKES TIME FOR YOUR LANGUAGE (THE WORDS) THAT COME OUT OF YOUR HEART TO CHANGE. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD. SO THAT IS WHY WE MUST RENEW OUR MINDS WITH THE WORD OF GOD. YOU KNOW ITS JUST LIKE A CHILD.... WHEN THEY ARE YOUNG THEY SAY ANYTHING THEY WANT - THEY SAY "GOO GOO - BA BA AND MINE" THEN AS THEY GET MORE MATURE AND LEARN MORE THINGS THEY SAY "MAMA AND DADDY - IM HUNGRY AND THAJT'S MINE" WHEN THEY GO TO SCHOOL THEY LEARN TO SAY EVEN MORE AND SOMETIMES THEY EVEN LEARN STREET LANGUAGE AS TIME GOES ON (UNFORTUNATELY) WELL ITS JUST LIKE WHEN A LAWYER OR DOCTOR HAS TO LEARN NEW WAYS, NEW LANGUAGE, AND FIND NEW FRIENDS --- IT IS NO DIFFERENT WITH A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN - BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT. WHEN YOU ARE BORN OF THE SPIRIT YOU MUST RENEW YOUR MIND WITH THE WORD OF GOD (THE BIBLE) BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE PLEASING GOD. NO .. GOD IS NOT PLEASED WITH PROFANITY (READ THE BIBLE..YOU WILL FIND OUT THAT HE DOESNT LIKE IT - SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES) BUT GOD IS VERY MERCIFUL --- ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO WANT TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES AND THEY KNOW THAT GOD IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN DO IT FOR THEM (THEY HAVE SURRENDERED) IT TAKES TIME TO CHANGE - FORGIVE HIM AND MOVE ON = FORGIVE VEASEY AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE ... STOP THROWING STONES. GOD IS WORKING ON HIM - IT TAKES TIME - GOD OPENED DOORS FOR HIM --- NOT MAN. HAVE A BLESSED DAY.

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  2. TO VEASEY: AS LONG AS YOU ARE TRYING TO PLEASE GOD - THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS. GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART. KEEP READING YOUR WORD AND TRY YOUR BEST AND YOU WILL FIND OUT THAT GOD WILL MEET YOU HALF WAY. HAVE FAITH IN GOD THAT HE WILL HELP YOU... NO YOU CANT SEE GOD BUT HE IS THERE.AND HE WILL HELP YOU. THAT IS WHY JESUS HAD TO DIE --- TO SEND US HIS HOLY SPIRIT ---- THE COMFORTER - TO HELP US. VEASEY, I BELIEVE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM SAYING BUT WE BOTH KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND. I AM ASKING YOU TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND DON'T FEAR. READ YOUR SCRIPTURES ON FEAR, FORGIVENESS, PLEASING GOD, AND THE PEACE OF GOD. GOD LOVES YOU MAN AND HE WILL NOT LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU. HE JUST WONT. NO MATTER HOW BAD IT SEEMS, KEEP READING YOUR WORD AND KEEP PRAYING TO GOD "IN THE NAME OF JESUS" - YOU UNDERSTAND?? DON'T YOU. I BELIEVE YOU DO. YOU ARE NOT A MAN IN A MID-LIFE CRISIS - YOU ARE A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART. AND LIKE DAVID IN THE BIBLE ..(READ IT IS GOOD ENCOURAGEMENT) JUST LIKE DAVID - WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES ... JUST CONTINUE TO ASK GOD FOR HIS FORGIVENESS- AND YOU CAN DO THIS OWN YOUR OWN - GET BY YOURSELF- OPEN YOUR MOUTH (BECAUSE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SILENT PRAYER - UNLESS YOU ARE JUST NOT ABLE TO PHYSICALLY TALK) (EVEN JESUS , WITH HIS MOUTH, SAID HIS OUR FATHER PRAYER. - WITH HIS MOUTH) WHAT IS YOUR OUR FATHER PRAYER??? TALK TO GOD! ASK FOR HIS HELP, TELL HIM WHATS ON YOUR MIND! THAT CAN BE THE BEGINNING OF YOUR "OUR FATHER PRAYER" ... JUST REMEMBER JESUS DID NOT "THINK HIS PRAYERS" AND A FEW OF THEM ARE RECORDED IN THE BIBLE. IF THEY WERE SILENT PRAYERS --- WE WOULD NOT KNOW WHAT THE WORDS WERE. SO VESEAY, LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONVICTION AND CONDEMNATION. CONVICTION -- SHOULD HELP YOU TO SEE THINGS GOD'S WAY AND CONDEMNATION MAKES YOU FEEL THAT GOD WILL NEVER EVER EVER FORGIVE YOU AND THAT HE DOESNT EVEN CARE ---- THAT IS FAR FROM THE TRUTH. GOD LOVES YOU AND HE LOVES EVERY EFFORT THAT YOU PUT FORTH TO TRY TO DO THINGS HIS WAY. I BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND FOR ALL THE MOBSTERS WHO ENVY YOU AND THEY KNOW THAT THEY WANT TO GET OUT OF THAT LIFE TOO. YOU ARE GOD'S BEACON OF LIGHT TO THEM... YOU AND SEVERAL OTHERS ... LIKE MICHAEL FRANZESE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL ... YOU ARE IN GOS'S ARMY NOW DON'T FEAR, DON'T WORRY, MOVE FORWARD AND BE QUICK TO FORGIVE ... EVEN IF YOU CAN'T FORGIVE IN PERSON - USE GOD'S WISDOM...(READ PROVERBS - IT'S GOOD STUFF!!!) BE BLESSED.

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