I Heard You Paint Houses

I Heard You Paint Houses

Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa

Book - 2016
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The first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran were, "I heard you paint houses." To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures. When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Sheeran's story includes new information on other famous murders including those of Joey Gallo and JFK, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history.
Publisher: Hanover, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press, [2016]
Edition: Expanded paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781586422387
1586422383
Branch Call Number: 364.106 Bra
Characteristics: x, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

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stewstealth
Jun 27, 2018

The old age confession and biography given to an experienced interrogator and lawyer by "The Irishman" on his life before WW2 , during the war and then as a racketeer culminating being the muscle for Jimmy Hoffa and ultimately being the trigger man at his execution. In addition Frank confesses to the murder of Joey Gallo as well as a small part in "Dallas". The book is well written with a good pace that does a solid job of humanizing Frank Sheerhan . The stories are fascinating though the link to "Dallas" is pretty tenuous and it is hard to understand why the mob would need to fly guns from the northeast to Dallas. I would think there would be plenty of weapons available in Texas. Notwithstanding it is an excellent book to read if you are interested in Mob history.

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
Sep 02, 2016

Phenomenal! That Charles Brandt stayed on the hunt for as long as he did to get this confession solving the Hoffa case makes this book extraordinary. That the reader ends up understanding all that is really needed to solve "Dallas," as the gangsters call the assassination of JFK, startles as a huge surprise, unexpectedly launching back to that time decades ago. Not such a revelation but solving a disappearance of a famous, beautiful singer and actress' significant other hits the reader right on the nose: what the hey was she thinking? You'll never think of her again in the light you did in the past, but the reference is quick, so don't overlook it. The Scorsese movie staring his usual cast of gangsters begins filming January, 2017.

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