Her being that living example for me, instilling in me that life can be difficult and that God never promised everything was going to be lovely here. “But I believe that with God’s help, I had a better high school and college experience than I would have had without His guidance and inner workings.” In 1984, Cammy, then 19, bought a one-way ticket to California and was hired as a dancer for a movie called Knights of the City. I thought, 'Well, maybe he's colorful,' totally clueless as to what really organized crime meant and of all of the things that were involved with it. Associated with Michael Franzese: How to Run a Business Like a True Boss. She said to be faithful and to be obedient to God’s word. In 2019, Franzese Jr. met with his father at the nursing home where he resided and reconciled with him; John Jr. had previously voluntarily left the Witness Protection Program. Cammy was overwhelmed. I think it really hit me when I saw the change in my husband and how he started to be more faithful and rely more on God. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.". According to law enforcement, Franzese remains the official underboss of the Colombo family. He [God] was going to really use these next four years to really strengthen Michael’s walk with him and when Michael came he would become a stronger man and a better Christian--a solider for God, and we will serve him in an amazing ministry. He is believed to have been elevated to caporegime or captain in the Colombo family in the mid 1950s and by 1964 he had been promoted to underboss. My mother always told me that God had a plan and a purpose for my life and mine and Michael’s life together. Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Cammy reminds us that God allows us to go through struggles to prepare us for His ultimate purpose for our lives. In March 1967, Franzese was convicted of masterminding several bank robberies. “But he knew what he could and couldn’t do,” says Cammy. Franzese also told Fatato that he put nail polish on his fingertips before a murder to avoid leaving fingerprints at the crime scene. Franzese's career in the American Mafia dates back to the prohibition era, in 1929, at the age of 12, he became an enforcer and servant to future boss of the Commission and the overlord of the American Mafia Lucky Luciano. What Franzese did not realize was that Fatato was a government informant and was taping the conversation. Today, most of the men who would be after him are either dead or in jail. How did that influence you to stand with your husband? The 103-year-old Franzese is currently the oldest living gangster in the world. Franzese had a longtime reputation for fearlessness, ferocity and brutality, and was notorious for going after and killing anyone who crosses him, or anyone who crosses the Bosses. Law enforcement had learned about the meeting from Franzese's son, John Franzese, Jr., who had become a government informant. This devout Christian helped her husband become the first member of the mafia to publicly walk away from a life of crime. John "Sonny" Franzese, Sr. (February 6, 1917 – February 24, 2020), was a powerful, old-time and notorious Italian-American mobster who has been a made member in the Colombo crime family for 88 years. The company became quite successful, recordings hits for acts such as Melanie Safka, the Isley Brothers, and Curtis Mayfield. “I wasn’t perfect by any means,” she says. During the years Michael was behind bars, Cammy’s mom, a strong Christian, reminded her of the call God had on Michael’s life. ... was producing the action adventure film ‘Knights of the City’ in Florida when he was floored by the beauty of Camille Garcia, a dancer from Anaheim, California. My mother was praying for him. CBN is a global ministry committed to preparing the nations of the world for the coming of Jesus Christ through mass media. Join Facebook to connect with Camille Garcia Franzese and others you may know. Franzese has been famous as the oldest active member of the American Mafia. Franzese died of natural causes in a New York hospital, on February 24, 2020, aged 103. https://mafia.wikia.org/wiki/John_Franzese?oldid=41199. Michael and me were talking and he asked me, ‘what would you say or what advice would you give to this wife?’ I said, “I would give her all the advice I could about praying to God to give them an outlet to leave where they are. Michael was the the producer. With all that said, I did for the most part. One day, Michael left the house early in the morning and Cammy had no idea why. During this trying time, Cammy learned a hard lesson: to always put God first. According to some sources, Franzese was born at sea on the ship that brought his parents to New York. You were praying for your husband’s salvation while he was jail, correct? Cammy: Michael spoke to a gentleman who is looking to get out of this life, sort of do what Michael did. Did you know that your husband was involved in the mafia? Her mother’s death hit her hard. He married Camille Garcia and has children named Julia, Amanda and Miquelle. Cammy: I had no idea. CBN.com-MARRIED TO THE MOB Cammy gave her life to the Lord when she was 13 years old. “I know I did.” Cammys says the reality show about mob wives is made for TV and that her experiences in New York were nothing like the show portrays. There were so many pivotal moments in my life when God was so real and so revealing when I was at my lowest point. For over six decades, Franzese was one of the most powerful, notorious and feared gangsters in America. Franzese is believed by the FBI of killing as many as 300 people. Franzese used Buddha to launder illegal mob earnings and to bribe disc jockies with payola. LOCKED UPIn 1992, while she and her family were in their early-morning frenzy to get to school, detectives came to their front door. Franzese was married to Cristina Capobianco-Franzese; she died in 2012. My brothers were always praying for him—they were all young but involved in the church. Even as a little girl, Cammy felt the Holy Spirit working in her life. Franzese became a made member in 1933, he was inducted into the Profaci crime family (modern Colombo Crime Family) when he was only 16 years old, making him the youngest … Franzese even masterminded multiple incredibly lucrative organized criminal operations and legitimate enterprises which earned the Colombo Crime Family billions of dollars. She silently prayed, Why am I here, Lord? CBN.com -MARRIED TO THE MOBCammy gave her life to the Lord when she was 13 years old. Raised in New York City, in the late 1930s Franzese joined the Profaci crime family (later named the Colombo crime family) under boss Joe Profaci. There was no escape. Michael franzese camille garcia ... Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Linkedin, and Quora . But if you live in New York it’s hard to be in the dark about that kind of life because every single day it’s in the newspapers--there’s something in the newspaper about organized crime. Franzese operated out of New York City and New Jersey and was involved in racketeering, fraud, and loansharking. God will see you through it and he will honor you in the end if you’re obedient to his word. He promised that he will get you through it. But even now, I have that fear in me even now sometimes when he travels back East [They live in California]. Michael had a lot of people praying for him. You have to leave.” Michael gets emails from men and women who are believers themselves and have family members in organized crime, asking for prayer and asking for advice. She tells married women this powerful message. “I had to process it,” she says. Later that day, Michael called her with news that would change her life. Franzese controlled a $10 billion a year extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, bookmaking and numbers racket operations, a $1 billion a year pornography and prostitution operation, and a $500 million a year labor racketeering operation. Persico had planned to place Franzese on this panel, but in August 1986, Franzese was sent back to prison again for another parole violation. CBN's ministry is made possible by the support of our CBN Partners. I know God has such an amazing plan for Mike that he won’t let that happen. There is more than a handful that he communicates with. This time she was there for only 7 hours. Franzese is listed as an associate producer of the 2002 film This Thing of Ours, which stars James Caan. However, in May 2007, Franzese was again returned to prison for a parole violation. He has been considered by other mobsters, law enforcement officers and FBI Agents around New York as "one of the toughest guys in the world", "one of most loyal, respected and old-school gangsters who ever lived" and as "one of the most formidable gangsters in American history". When did you realize that God had a bigger plan for your life? Franzese has been a member of the American Mafia longer than any mobster in history, which spans 90 years. So divorce was not an option for me either. But I could not live my life in fear. God answered Michael by giving him hope and comfort in reading the Bible. Cammy talked recently with Beliefnet about her testimony in her new book, This Thing of Ours, released by Thomas Nelson. During the trial, the prosecution produced records claiming that Franzese had killed between 30 to 50 people. The younger Franzese recalled becoming a … If you have an immediate prayer need, please call our 24-hour prayer line at 800-700-7000. Fellow mobsters have said that he lives to serve La Cosa Nostra (The American Mafia), and lives to loyally serve any boss of the Colombo Crime Family no matter who is boss. “I wasn’t perfect by any means,” she says. In 1984, Franzese was released on parole again. I just had to put my book on audio two weeks ago and sit there and read through the whole book. You are helping others leave that lifestyle…. Cammy’s life while Michael was imprisoned was spent visiting him up to four times a week. Michael has a contract on his life and you both refused government protection, right? [And] God kind of revealed to me the future he had. Franzese also helped finance the The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a classic horror film which earned over $65 million from a $1 million investment. That year also marked the end of Franzese's original 50 year sentence for bank robbery that was the cause of his many parole violations over the years. Camille Garcia Franzese is on Facebook. Sadly, Cammy’s mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 and passed away. Cammy: When this thing started I really didn’t know the capacity of it. In 1978, Franzese was released on parole but returned to prison in 1982 for a parole violation. Michael is adamant that God is protecting him. Cammy: Just going through this with Mike, seeing some of his friends and meeting some of the wives, just sort of seeing their life--a lot of them are in the dark. His younger son, John Franzese Jr., was a Colombo family associate before becoming an FBI informant. God is faithful. She knew she hadn’t done anything to warrant her arrest. There’s still a canopy of danger that exists. His son compares him to a medieval kings-guard, he is completely loyal to the boss of the Colombo crime family, and lives to serve the boss 24/7, no who he is, even if hates him or had a rival with him previously, he will still be fiercely loyal to him and serve him no matter what. John "Sonny" Franzese, Sr. was born in Naples, Italy, to Carmine "The Lion" Franzese and Maria Corvola. He helped finance the $200,000 pornographic film Deep Throat, which generated over $80 million. Michael Franzese is a former mobster who worked as a caporegime in the Colombo crime family, which is known for organized crime activities in New York City, USA. Yeah, the whole church was praying for him. In later years, Franzese discussed techniques for mob murders with Gaetano "Guy" Fatato, a new Colombo associate. Your mother was a strong prayer warrior. “To think about what he went through to get where he is,” says Cammy, “is amazing. She reminded Cammy that God would work out the situation for His glory. In 1942, in the midst of World War II, he was discharged from the United States Army because he displayed '"homicidal tendencies" Although never being arrested for it, court papers accused him of committing rape in 1947.