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JERSEY BOY The Life and Mob Slaying of Frankie DePaula

by HardCover: ISBN 978-1450-20639-6 ($30.95) SoftCover: ISBN 978-1450-20637-2 ($20.95) Genre: True Crime / Boxing Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 268   THE STORY Hailing from the tough Westside section of Jersey City, Frankie DePaula appeared to be a phenomenon in the making when … Continue reading

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How Hudson County boxer Frankie DePaula’s murderer was “motivated.”

by A certain Union City figure Owed the Mob $40,000 (which would be equal to at least $250,000 in today’s lite dollars) and had no way to pay it back. The debtor got an offer he couldn’t refuse: knock off … Continue reading

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Frankie DePaula ran crew of kid copper thieves.

by In addition to his many other talents, Frankie DePaula was Hudson County’s answer to Fagin, the fictional character who trained children for a life of crime. DePaula the boxer headed a gang of boys. One and all stole copper … Continue reading

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Frankie Depaula preys on predators.

by When a teenager, Dennis (as luck would have it, brother to Tommy, a local dealer in rare powders) was one of the few White residents of the Duncan Avenue projects in Jersey City. One day, for recreation, a group … Continue reading

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Hudson County’s version of a spa

by Frankie DePaula supposedly said “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” What he failed to mention was that for the well-heeled malefactor the local hoosegow was Hudson County’s version of a spa. For a price, all … Continue reading

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Frankie DePaula knocked Don Nagle out cold during a bar-room brawl in a Union City.

by Jersey City Police Officer Don Nagle (now deceased) is widely acknowledged as having been one of the pioneer martial artists in the United States. Nagle’s Karate school was the first of its kind on the East Coast. Despite his … Continue reading

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