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Friday, April 15, 2011

Investigation Discovery's series I Married a Mobster chronicles wives and their lives with mob bosses

'I Married a Mobster' star Cheryl Caruso's husband was convicted of drug-dealing.
'I Married a Mobster' star Cheryl Caruso's husband was convicted of drug-dealing.
Mob wives are a hot property.
Just as VH1 is readying the launch of a reality show, "Mob Wives," the Daily News has gotten a first look at Investigation Discovery's "I Married a Mobster," a new series for summer about women married to gangsters.
Unlike the VH1 show, which is more along the lines of Bravo's "Real Housewives" series, "I Married a Mobster" features wives speaking about what life was like with their husbands - and after.
"I was one of the boys," says Linda Schiro of her life with Colombo crime family member Greg Scarpa. "I was the only one, if he had to meet someone - I would be there. In another words, he never told me to go in the other room."
Everyone feared Scarpa, Schiro tells the camera.
"He was caring, giving to those he loved," she says. "But if you did him wrong, he would kill you."
The series will launch July 13 at 10:30 p.m., and will be paired with Investigation Discovery's franchise, "Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?"
Lorraine Bracco, who starred in "The Sopranos" and "Goodfellas," will narrate the 10 episodes of the first season. There's already talk of a second season.
In one episode, Barbara Fama talks about how her husband, Joe, would use money to keep her quiet.
"He would give me five or ten thousand dollars," Fama says. "My purse would be bulging. He would say, 'Go ahead and go shopping; go buy what you want.' That was a good shutter-upper, let me tell you."
Based on the parts viewed by The News, the show doesn't glamorize mob life, since most of the stories involve the FBI shaking up their lives.
For instance, Cheryl and Phil Caruso talk about their relationship. Phil admits to the camera that he never told his wife about his lifestyle, even when the feds were coming down on him.
"Everything was picture-perfect," Cheryl Caruso says. "I didn't have to do anything."
But then her husband was arrested, tried and convicted of racketeering and drug-dealing.
She recalls hearing the judge reel off the charges and the ruling.
"I heard the judge say, 'That's it, guilty, 15 to life,'" she says in tears. "I didn't know what to do. I never expected to hear those words. Those were the only words I understood. That was the end of my fairy tale. It was just hell after that."


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