This book exposes the far-reaching repercussions of money and its deadly venom.
Money. Society’s barometer for success. Your ticket to a life of luxury, power and the pleasures of the flesh. How could money possibly have a poisonous side?
To tell this story, we are transported back in time to a place where few have ever been allowed entry:
For the first time ever, a family member takes us behind the scenes and into the personal life of one of the most powerful men of the 20th century, Johnny Torrio.
Joseph, a typical teenager living in Montréal, is captivated by the American Dream of riches and power. Yet, he struggles with repeated warnings from his parents and his religion about money’s evil side.
He inadvertently discovers a newspaper clipping that reveals a dark family secret. To Joseph’s astonishment, Johnny Torrio, once Al Capone’s boss, was his great uncle. This mind-boggling find ignites an obsession for the truth.
Was his great uncle an incredible success story or one of America’s worst criminals?
Stonewalled by his parents’ silence, Joseph’s quest leads him to Tina, an elderly aunt. A fact-finding mission becomes an epic family journey that spans decades and crosses continents. He comes of age when faced with disturbing insights into how the Poison of Money has spread throughout the veins of society.
The poison is not only in society at large, but has hit closer to home. He also discovers Torrio’s lifelong obsession to reunite with his only blood sister, Marietta (Joseph’s Grandmother). This story introduces Torrio’s sister to the world.
Greed blocks this reunion. Unimaginable curses plague the family. Joseph makes the eerie analogy to the curses of the Pharaoh in “The Ten Commandments.” Except that there are only nine curses in the Torrio saga.
This is where the story should end with a grown-up Joseph reflecting on the relevance between the 9 curses that plagued the Torrios and The Poison of Money. Except there is a 10th curse…
Don’t be shocked if The Poison of Money takes root in your family tree…
Capone took the spotlight but Johnny Torrio was the mastermind. Torrio led such an obscure life that his natural death by heart attack went undiscovered for 3 weeks. In the famous movie scene from “the Godfather,” Don Vito Corleone is shot while returning home from grocery shopping and then guarded at the hospital. Torrio, a real life Godfather, was shot in the same way and Capone was the principal guard.
* Background image of Johnny Torrio, courtesy of the book 's author has never before been seen until now. *
The Poison of Money is the first book to introduce Torrio’s only blood sister; to chronicle his life obsession to reunite with her; to tell an almost incredible family tale of triumph and tragedy including a reunion that is repeatedly thwarted by greed and jealousy. The Poison of Money chronicles the far-reaching repercussions of money and its deadly venom.
The book unfolds in Montréal, Canada where the main character is blown away when he learns the
truth about his family history.
Where Marietta Torrio’s daughter passes away in a tragic accident at the family mansion
purchased by Johnny Torrio. A piece of Marietta dies, too.
Torrio settles his sister and her family there in the late 20s and the family experiences
the terror and destructive forces of nature as another curse takes root…
The city where Torrio ruled and the site of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Torrio is known as the man who brought Al Capone to Chicago, but there is so much more to this story. From Chicago to New York, Montreal, Italy and Cuba, this book skillfully weaves in family dynamics, greed, envy, humor, survival and the famiglia ties that bind… and destroy. As the great-nephew of Johnny Torrio, he reveals never-heard before family stories and secrets; they are fascinating, gripping and all true. When it comes to family, there are no secrets. - MK Knight – Mob Historian and Mob Museum author