The Life We Chose: William “Big Billy” D’Elia and the Last Secrets of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Family

By Andrew Peloquin  |  June 27, 2023

 

The Life We Chose: William “Big Billy” D’Elia and the Last Secrets of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Family
 

If you loved Donnie Brasco and For the Sins of My Father, get ready to dive into a whole new Mafia adventure in the pages of The Life We Chose.

Written by investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck (the man behind Girl in the Picture on Netflix), this true crime book follows the life of William “Big Billy” D’Elia, adopted son of Russell Bufalino, head of Bufalino crime family. It chronicles his upbringing among the New York Mafia, the major historical events that shaped the Mafia, the Bufalino family’s relationships with celebrities (like Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra), and his ultimate rise to power when his adoptive father went to prison in the late 1970s.

Get ready for page after page of fascinating true-to-life information straight from Big Billy’s mouth on the power, money, murders, and intrigue that made the Bufalino family one of the most feared Mafia outfits of the 20th century.


 



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