At the racketeering trial targeting the Philly mob the government yesterday called retired FBI agent Joaquin "Jack" Garcia as its expert on all things La Cosa Nostra as reported by John P. Martin for the Inquirer: "Garcia described the induction process, the hierarchy, and the way the mob makes its money." The former G-man testified that "the source of their power is intimidation," and "the source of their power is their ability to conduct violence in furtherance of their objectives."
Jack Garcia infiltrated the Gambino family in 2002 as Jack Falcone which resulted in the convictions of capo Greg DePalma and his crew, and his experiences are the subject of his memoir Making Jack Falcone which director Stephen Soderbergh is adapting into a movie starring Benicio Del Toro in the title role.
In an interview with John Katsilometes from the Las Vegas Sun the former G-man recently spoke about the misguided groupies who melt into pathetic sycophants around wise guys:
"There are people who are Mafia groupies, people who love the Mob," Garcia says. "I saw these guys, and I would sit there and scratch my head over lunch and dinner watching these people. I mean, respectable businessmen would want to shake the hand of Greg De Palma, who was captain of the Gambino crime family, and was looking at him in awe. All I could think was, 'Run for the hills! This guy is going to pick your pockets! Don’t you understand that?' But some people just have this desire to hobnob with mobsters and criminals, and by virtue of their association with them, they will garner respect and fear. But it doesn't work that way because law enforcement wins."