Man started killing people for mafia after being seduced into affair by mobster's wife
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A man said he started killing people for the mafia after being seduced into an affair by an infamous mobster's wife.
Former hitman Larry Mazza got himself caught up in a life of crime after falling into affair with the wife of one of America's most notorious mobsters, Gregory Scarpa.
And the kicker? The mafioso knew about the scandalous entanglement the whole time.
Larry got embroiled in the seedy underworld of crime after a fiery affair with Scarpa's wife, Linda Schiro.
The affair was so all-encompassing that the man even went on to kill for the mob in a hopes to remain close to his forbidden love interest.
He confessed to the ordeal during an episode of the Wide Awake podcast a couple months back (30 March) and opened up about how he first struck contact with Scarpa - who later became known as the 'Grim Reaper' given his cut-throat reputation.
Larry, just a teenager at this point, first met Linda while serving her as a supermarket delivery boy.
The pair hit it off immediately but there was one issue - she was already married to Scarpa, who worked for Colombo boss, Carmine Persico, at the time.
While Larry was only 18-years-old, Linda was nearly a whole 14 years his senior at 32 when she asked him: "Do you fool around?"
Linda then proceeded to invite Larry over to her place that same exact night.
Talk about cutting to the chase.
Recalling that fateful night, Larry said: "She was wearing this one-piece, black jumpsuit. She had beautiful eyes, very Italian looking.
"She put a bottle of wine out and some M&M’s. We had a few glasses. The next thing you know we were on the couch getting hot and heavy."
And it clearly wasn't a one-night situation at all as the affair continued after Linda fooled Larry into believing that her husband was just a travelling salesman instead of the high-profile veteran hitman he really was.
But, the big revelation came after the mob-wife insisted Larry and her husband meet so he could find him some work.
"She started saying I should meet the husband, and I thought no there's something wrong here," Larry said, "I can't meet your husband."
It didn't take long, however, for Larry to be persuaded as he finally agreed to the meeting.
Remembering the exact moment, he revealed: "A big black Fleetwood, like a Limousine, pulls up onto the drive.
"I've described his walk to the door, as I'm watching him, was a swagger. I thought this is not a doctor, this is not a travelling sales guy."
Larry continued: "I'd been in Brooklyn, I knew about mob guys, I knew about social clubs."
Ever since that moment - Larry's life would never be the same as he gradually rose through the ranks of the mafia.
However, his affair with his boss's wife was tearing him up inside and it became harder and harder to live with.
Larry explained: "When I started I was a kid, even though it wasn't right I didn't know him. Then I knew she was married with kids, I still thought it was wrong, but made excuses for myself.
"After I met him, and it was still going on, now I'm really a bad guy. He's bringing me around introducing me, putting me in business."
The hitman revealed that the affair started to really 'bother' him so he 'backed away' until, one day, the Grim Reaper himself reached out to him.
"Greg called me and said 'where have you been, I've been worried about you, Linda's been worried about you'."
He went on: "And one day he finally saw I wasn't the same guy, and he said that to me, something's not right, you're off."
Larry remembered feeling extremely 'paranoid', revealing: "I thought he's going to have to kill me if he finds out.
"We get to his office and he says: 'I know about you and Linda'."
But, in an unlikely twist, the notorious mob-boss ended up being A-OK with the whole thing and even permitted the pair to continue with their antics.
There was one condition though - if anyone outside of the trio were to catch light about the affair then the pair would both be killed.
"From that moment on he and I had this bond, and it grew," Larry said, "he liked having this secret with me, I liked knowing it was in the open."
Each to their own...