Hello my friends and readers.
Please excuse my extended absence from writing at ANP. I haven’t composed an article in roughly three months because I have been occupied with other things. I have been spending a great deal of time with my family and working on an amazing project that has the interest of some dynamic individuals who have as much concern about seeking justice as I do. I am unable to talk about my project publically now, but please know that when it is up in running, the entire world will know about it.
I know that sounds overly dramatic, but I truly believe something great may be in the offing.
I have not permanently abandoned my position at American News Post as an investigative journalist. I look forward to rejoining the writing team as soon as I have the time to do so. I am here today, though, to bring an end to an era in my work. When I do come back to writing in the near future, I intend to walk away from history pieces involving the Chicago Outfit in relation to my family.
One of the main reasons I began writing about the Outfit in the first place is because of how badly it compromised my life during the first decade of the new millennium. I am so happy those days are over.
The extortion that was aimed at me in the 2000s had a couple of different angles. One was the idiotic story that I had to pay up a newly discovered debt of my father’s regarding some unfinished union scheme from the late 1980s. This is a tall tale which I never believed for a second, nor ever claimed to. No one said blackmailers and extortionists have to be logical in crafting their plots. The other angle was my reputation. I was threatened that if I did not play along, Jack Cerone Esquire (son of late Outfit under boss Jackie Cerone) and convicted felon and Chicago Gangster Rudy Fratto would blackball me all over town, spreading terrible lies about me (a vicious act which they ultimately committed). This worried me nearly as much as the 2004 and 2006 FBI notifications that I was a murder target.