The public is fascinated by stories of the mob, and often idealizes “the life” as something of an off-the-grid fairytale for those who live it. Sure, there is crime involved, but it stays contained within their little mob world, right? Anyone who gets hurt knows what he was signing up for, right?
Investigation Discovery’s I Married a Mobster takes a look at the wives of the mob, some who knew what they were getting into, some who did not.
“The women in I Married a Mobster literally dance with the devil,” Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery explains. “They are strong, resilient and fierce. Indeed, their stories will leave viewers wondering what gets mobsters into more hot water: crossing their Dons or their Donnas!”
In the case of mobster Michael “Mikey Scars” DiLeonardo, crossing his Donna was a big mistake. On August 15, Season Two of I Married a Mobster will look at the story of Toni Marie Fappiano, who married DiLeonardo, unaware of the danger she was jumping into with the pairing. Although her family is filled with men involved with the mob life, Toni Marie was kept in the dark by her loving father, who is not involved with the mob himself. When Toni Marie finally learned the truth—that her husband was not only a mobster, but a made member of the Gambino crime family—it was too late. Her husband had her set up in a home in the suburbs, leaving her and their son alone the majority of the time, and he was embracing the wiseguy lifestyle, which ultimately led to DiLeonardo having a son with his mistress.
Learning of her husband’s infidelities was too much for Toni Marie. But, when her husband rats out notorious mobster John Gotti, Jr., she realizes she must make a choice where there is no real “win” for her: Take the stand against either Gotti or her husband. But, stuck in a situation with no real answer, it is Toni Marie’s anger and disappointment with her husband’s infidelities that makes the decision for her in the end.
Can Someone Live Mob Life Unknowingly?
Did Toni Marie know what she was getting into when she decided to marry Michael DiLeonardo? According to her, no.
“What I’ve learned about this life is that nothing good comes out of it," Toni Marie says. "It may be good for the moment, but, in reality, it’s nothing but heartaches. Some people say, ‘You knew what you were getting into.’ I didn’t know what I was getting into. Because, if I had knew what I was getting into, would I have gotten into this? It’s not worth it.”
Did Toni Marie really know what she was getting into? Did she know more about her family’s mobster connections than she lets on? Or, in fact, was she so well-sheltered by her father, that she truly did not know what she was getting into when she married Michael DiLeonardo? These will be questions for viewers to answer when the second season of I Married a Mobster begins on Tuesday, August 15, on Investigation Discovery.
The first episode of I Married a Mobster, Season Two, “Breaking Bulger,” begins at 10 p.m., and delves into the conflicting feelings and life of Lindsey Cyr, the wife of infamous mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, followed by “Scarred for Life,” the story of mob wife Toni Marie Fappiano at 10:30 p.m.
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