Free Reading I Heard You Paint Houses: Now Filmed as The Irishman directed by Martin Scorsese (English Edition) –

They Wouldnt Dare I Asked My Boss, Russell McGee Bufalino, To Let Me Call Jimmy At His Cottage By The Lake I Was On A Peace Mission All I Was Trying To Do At That Particular Time Was Keep This Thing From Happening To Jimmy I Reached Out For Jimmy On Sunday Afternoon, July ,Jimmy Was Gone By Wednesday, JulySadly, As We Say, Gone To Australia Down Under I Will Miss My Friend Until The Day I Join Him I Was At My Own Apartment In Philly Using My Own Phone When I Made The Long Distance Call To Jimmys Cottage At Lake Orion Near Detroit If I Had Been In On The Thing On Sunday I Would Have Used A Pay Phone, Not My Own Phone You Dont Survive As Long As I Did By Making Calls About Importantmatters Fromyour Own Phone I Wasntmade With A Finger My Father Used The Real Thing To Get My Mother Pregnant While I Was In My Kitchen Standing By My Rotary Wall Phone Getting Ready To Dial The Number I Knew By Heart, I Gave Some Consideration To Just How I Was Going To Approach Jimmy I Learned During My Years Of Union Negotiations That It Always Was Best To Review Things In Your Mind First Before You Opened Your Mouth And Besides That, This Call Was Not Going To Be An Easy One When He Got Out Of Jail On A Presidential Pardon By Nixon In , And He Began Fighting To Reclaim The Presidency Of The Teamsters, Jimmy Became Very Hard To Talk To Sometimes You See That With Guys When They First Get Out Jimmy Became Reckless With His Tongue On The Radio, In The Papers, On Television Every Time He Opened His Mouth He Said Something About How He Was Going To Expose The Mob And Get The Mob Out Of The Union He Even Said He Was Going To Keep The Mob From Using The Pension Fund I Cant Imagine Certain People Liked Hearing That Their Golden Goose Would Be Killed If He Got Back In All This Coming From Jimmy Was Hypocritical To Say The Least, Considering Jimmy Was The One Who Brought The So Called Mob Into The Union And The Pension Fund In The First Place Jimmy Brought Me Into The Union Through Russell With Very Good Reason I Was Concerned For My Friendthan A Little Bit I Started Getting Concerned About Nine Months Before This Telephone Call That Russell Was Letting Me Make Jimmy Had Flown Out To Philly To Be The Featured Speaker At Frank Sheeran Appreciation Night At The Latin Casino There Were , Of My Good Friends And Family, Including The Mayor, The District Attorney, Guys I Fought In The War With, The Singer Jerry Vale And The Golddigger Dancers With Legs That Didnt Quit, And Certain Other Guests The FBI Would Call La Cosa Nostra Jimmy Presented Me With A Gold Watch Encircled With Diamonds Jimmy Looked At The Guests On The Dais And Said, I Never Realized You Were That Strong That Was A Special Comment Because Jimmy Hoffa Was One Of The Two Greatest Men I Ever Met Before They Brought The Dinner Of Prime Rib, And When We Were Getting Our Pictures Taken, Some Little Nobody That Jimmy Was In Jail With Asked Jimmy For Ten Grand For A Business Venture Jimmy Reached In His Pocket And Gave Him , That Was Jimmy A Soft Touch Naturally, Russell Bufalino Was There He Was The Other One Of The Two Greatest Men That I Ever Met Jerry Vale Sang Russs Favorite Song, Spanish Eyes, For Him Russell Was Boss Of The Bufalino Family Of Upstate Pennsylvania, And Large Parts Of New York, New Jersey, And Florida Being Headquartered Outside New York City, Russell Wasnt In The Inner Circle Of New Yorks Five Families, But All The Families Came To Him For Advice On Everything If There Was Any Important Matter That Needed Taking Care Of, They Gave The Job To Russell He Was Respected Throughout The Country When Albert Anastasia Got Shot In The Barbers Chair In New York, They Made Russell The Acting Head Of That Family Until They Could Straighten Everything Out Theres No Way To Get Respect Than Russell Got He Was Very Strong The Public Never Heard Of Him, But The Families And The Feds Knew How Strong He Was Russell Presented Me With A Gold Ring That He Had Made Up Special For Just Three People Himself, His Underboss, And Me It Had A Big Three Dollar Gold Piece On Top Surrounded By Diamonds Russ Was Big In The Jewelry Fencing And Cat Burglar World He Was A Silent Partner In A Number Of Jewelry Stores On Jewelers Row In New York City The Gold Watch Jimmy Gave Me Is Still On My Wrist, And The Gold Ring Russell Gave Me Is Still On My Finger Here At The Assisted Living Home On My Other Hand Ive Got A Ring With Each Of My Daughters Birthstones Jimmy And Russell Were Verymuch Alike They Were Solidmuscle From Head To Toe They Were Both Short, Even For Those Days Russ Was About Jimmy Was Down Around In Those Days I Used To Be, And I Had To Bend Down To Them For Private Talks They Were Very Smart From Head To Toe They Had Mental Toughness And Physical Toughness But In One Important Way They Were Different Russ Was Very Low Key And Quiet, Soft Spoken Even When He Got Mad Jimmy Exploded Every Day Just To Keep His Temper In Shape, And He Loved Publicity The Night Before My Testimonial Dinner, Russ And I Had A Sit Down With Jimmy We Sat At A Table At Broadway Eddies, And Russell Bufalino Told Jimmy Hoffa Flat Out He Should Stop Running For Union President He Told Him Certain People Were Very Happy With Frank Fitzsimmons, Who Replaced Jimmy When He Went To Jail Nobody At The Table Said So, But We All Knew These Certain People Were Very Happy With The Big And Easy Loans They Could Get Out Of The Teamsters Pension Fund Under The Weak Minded Fitz They Got Loans Under Jimmy When He Was In, And Jimmy Got His Points Under The Table, But The Loans Were Always On Jimmys Terms Fitz Bent Over For These Certain People All Fitz Cared About Was Drinking And Golfing I Dont Have To Tell You How Much Juice Comes Out Of A Billion Dollar Pension Fund Russell Said, What Are You Running For You Dont Need The Money Jimmy Said, Its Not About The Money Im Not Letting Fitz Have The Union After The Sit Down, When I Was Getting Ready To Take Jimmy Back To TheWarwick Hotel, Russ Took Me Aside And Said Talk To Your Friend Tell Him What It Is In Our Way Of Speaking, Even Though It Doesnt Sound Like Much, That Was As Good As A Death Threat At The Warwick Hotel I Told Jimmy If He Didnt Change His Mind About Taking Back The Union He Had Better Keep Some Bodies Around Him For Protection Im Not Going That Route Or Theyll Go After My Family Still In All, You Dont Want To Be Out On The Street By Yourself Nobody Scares Hoffa Im Going After Fitz, And Im Going To Win This Election You Know What This Means, I Said Russ Himself Told Me To Tell You What It Is They Wouldnt Dare, Jimmy Hoffa Growled, His Eyes Glaring At Mine All Jimmy Did The Rest Of The Night And At Breakfast The Next Morning Was Talk A Lot Of Distorted Talk Looking Back It Could Have Been Nervous Talk, But I Never Knew Jimmy To Show Fear Although One Of The Items On The Agenda That Russell Had Spoken To Jimmy About At The Table At Broadway Eddies The Night Before My Testimonial Dinner Wasthan Enough To Make The Bravest Man Show Fear And There I Was In My Kitchen In Philadelphia Nine Months After Frank Sheeran Appreciation Night With The Phone In My Hand And Jimmy On The Other End Of The Line At His Cottage In Lake Orion, And Me Hoping This Time Jimmy Would Reconsider Taking Back The Union While He Still Had The Time My Friend And I Are Driving Out For The Wedding, I Said I Figured You And Your Friend Would Attend The Wedding, Jimmy Said Jimmy Knew My Friend Was Russell And That You Didnt Use His Name Over The Phone The Wedding Was Bill Bufalinos Daughters Wedding In Detroit Bill Was No Relation To Russell, But Russell Gave Him Permission To Say They Were Cousins It Helped Bills Career He Was The Teamsters Lawyer In Detroit Bill Bufalino Had A Mansion In Grosse Pointe That Had A Waterfall In The Basement There Was A Little Bridge You Walked Over That Separated One Side Of The Basement From The Other The Men Had Their Own Side So They Could Talk The Women Stayed On Their Side Of The Waterfall Evidently, These Were Not Women Who Paid Attention To The Words When They Heard Helen Reddy Sing Her Popular Song Of The Day, I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar I Guess Youre Not Going To The Wedding, I Said Jo Doesnt Want People Staring, He Said Jimmy Didnt Have To Explain There Was Talk About An FBI Wiretap That Was Coming Out Certain Parties Were On The Tape Talking About Extramarital Relations His Wife, Josephine, Allegedly Had Years Ago With Tony Cimini, A Soldier In The Detroit Outfit Ah, Nobody Believed That Bull, Jimmy I Figured You Wouldnt Go Because Of This Other Thing Fuck Them They Think They Can Scare Hoffa Theres Widespread Concern That Things Are Getting Out Of Hand I Got Ways To Protect Myself I Got Records Put Away Please, Jimmy, Even My Friend Is Concerned Hows Your Friend Doing Jimmy Laughed Im Glad He Got That Problem Handled Last Week Jimmy Was Referring To An Extortion Trial Russ Had Just Beat In Buffalo Our Friends Doing Real Good, I Said Hes The One Gave Me The Go Ahead To Call You These Respected Men Were Both My Friends, And They Were Both Good Friends To Each Other Russell Introduced Me To Jimmy In The First Place Back In The Fifties At The Time I Had Three Daughters To Support I Had Lost My Job Driving A Meat Truck For Food Fair, When They Caught Me Trying To Be A Partner In Their Business I Was Stealing Sides Of Beef And Chickens And Selling Them To Restaurants So I Started Taking Day Jobs Out Of The Teamsters Union Hall, Driving Trucks For Companies When Their Regular Driver Was Out Sick Or Something I Also Taught Ballroom Dancing, And On Friday And Saturday Nights I Was A Bouncer At The Nixon Ballroom, A Black Nightclub On The Side I Handled Certain Matters For Russ, Never For Money, But As A Show Of Respect I Wasnt A Hitman For Hire Some Cowboy You Ran A Little Errand You Did A Favor You Got A Little Favor Back If You Ever Needed It I Had Seen On The Waterfront In The Movies, And I Thought I Was At Least As Bad As That Marlon Brando I Said To Russ That I Wanted To Get Into Union Work We Were At A Bar In South Philly He Had Arranged For A Call From Jimmy Hoffa In Detroit And Put Me On The Line With Him The First Words Jimmy Ever Spoke To Me Were, I Heard You Paint Houses The Paint Is The Blood That Supposedly Gets On The Wall Or The Floor When You Shoot Somebody I Told Jimmy, I Do My Own Carpentry Work, Too That Refers To Making Coffins And Means You Get Rid Of The Bodies Yourself After That Conversation Jimmy Put Me To Work For The International, Makingmoney Than I Had Made On All Those Other Jobs Put Together, Including The Stealing I Got Extramoney For Expenses On The Side I Handled Certain Matters For Jimmy The Way I Did For RussellPlease Visit CHARLESBRANDTAUTHORSheerans Confession That He Killed Hoffa In The Manner Described In The Book Is Supported By The Forensic Evidence, Is Entirely Credible, And Solves The Hoffa Mystery Michael Baden MD Former Chief Medical Examiner Of The City Of New YorkIm Fully Convinced Now That Sheeran Was In Fact The Man Who Did The Deed And Im Impressed, Too, By The Books Readability And By Its Factual Accuracy In All Areas On Which Im Qualified To Pass Judgment Charles Brandt Has Solved The Hoffa MysteryProfessor Arthur Sloane, Author Of HoffaSometimes You Can Believe Everything You Read William Big Billy DElia, Successor To Russell Bufalino As Godfather Of The Bufalino Crime FamilyMy Source In The Bufalino Familyread I Heard You Paint Houses All The Bufalino Guys Read It This Old Time Bufalino Guy Told Me He Was Shocked He Couldnt Believe Sheeran Confessed All That Stuff To Brandt Its All True New York Police Department Organized Crime Homicide Detective Joseph CoffeyIf The Made Men Brandt Rubbed Up Against During His Five Years With Sheeran Suspected What Sheeran Was Confessing To Him On Tape, Theyd Both Have Been Promptly Whacked Joe Pistone, Retired FBI Deep Undercover Agent And The Author Of Donnie Brasco I Heard You Paint Housesgives New Meaning To The Term Guilty Pleasure It Promises To Clear Up The Mystery Of Hoffas Demise, And Appears To Do So Sheeran Not Only Admits He Was In On The Hit, He Says It Was He Who Actually Pulled The Trigger And Not Just On Hoffa But On Dozens Of Other Victims, Including Many, He Alleges, Dispatched On Hoffas Orders This Last Seems Likely To Spur A Reappraisal Of Hoffas Career Sheeran Is Old School, And His Tale Is Admirably Free Of Self Pity And Self Aggrandizement Without Getting All Oprah About It, He Admits He Was An Alcoholic And A Lousy Father His Business Was Killing People, Andhe Did It With Little Muss, Fuss Or Introspection Bryan Burrough, Author Of Public Enemies, In The New York Times Book ReviewOne Of Sheerans Virtues Was His Gift As A Storyteller One Of His Flaws Was His Tendency To Murder, In Mobster Jargon, To Paint Houses Although He Professed His Loyalty To Hoffa He Said On One Occasion, Ill Be A Hoffa Man Til They Pat My Face With A Shovel And Steal My Cufflinks Sheeran Acknowledged That He Was The One Who Killed The Teamsters Boss On July , , Hoffa Disappeared Sheeran Explains How He Did It, In Prose Reminiscent Of The Best Gangster FilmsAssociated Press I Heard You Paint Houses Is The Best Mafia Book I Ever Read, And Believe Me, I Read Them All Its So Authentic Steven Van Zandt, Featured Actor, Silvio Dante, In The Sopranos And Musician In Bruce Springsteens E Street BandTold With Such Economy And Chilling Force As To Make The Sopranos Suddenly Seem Overwrought And Theatrical New York Daily NewsIs Sheeran Believable Veryand I Heard You Paint Houses Is A Very Enjoyable Book Trial MagazineA Page Turning Account Of One Mans Descent Into The Mob Delaware News JournalA Terrific Read Kansas City Star