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Mama's boy : the true story of a serial killer and his mother

by Pienciak, Richard T.

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 364.15 Pienciak
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  364.15 Pienciak
The women in Eric Napoletano's life often had an unpleasant way of turning up dead, from his girlfriend in 1984 to his mother-in-law in 1985 to his second wife in 1990. The police and FBI knew who the killer was, but were never prepared to face a bizarre twist in the case--his own mother, an employee of the New York City Police Department with access to confidential documents--and a woman who didn't hesitate to interfere with justice.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Pienciak (Deadly Masquerade) details the terrible and simultaneously pathetic story of a young man the FBI described as "a sexually sadistic serial killer" and the mother who protected him. Carolyn Napoletano is bossy, arrogant, and warped. Her son, Nick, appears weak and inept but harbors a deep rage against Carolyn and her treatment of him. His anger has exploded into at least three brutal murders, beginning with the 1984 killing of his girlfriend. Police suspected Nick immediately but couldn't gather sufficient proof. In 1991, Nick became the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, and it's at this point that police began to uncover how Carolyn had shielded Nick. An administrative assistant for the NYPD, she tampered with police memos, evidence, and witnesses related to Nick's murder investigations. In spite of substantial proof to the contrary, she still maintains her innocence. Thankfully, Nick--her creation--is now in prison. --Brian McCombie"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Eric Napoletano, sexually sadistic serial killer, was raised by a single mother so attached to him that she indulged him unconditionally from infancy. Another influence was Alfred "Uncle Al" Jiovine, who introduced Eric to homosexual sex when the boy was 13. Mother Carolyn despised blacks and Hispanics, and Eric, perversely, dated no white women; and because his mom was a civilian employee of the New York City Police Department, he aspired to become a cop. The first girl engaged to Eric was found murdered in Pennsylvania; the mother of his first wife was fatally shot on a Bronx sidewalk; the body of his murdered second wife was found in Delaware. Inept police work, lazy prosecutors in three states and Carolyn's access to confidential police documents and knowledge of police procedures kept law officers at bay until 1993, when Eric was tried and convicted for murder, three years after his last killing. He is now serving a life sentence with no possibility for parole for 32.5 years. Pienciak (Deadly Masquerade) has done a remarkable job of treating a complex case, aided by interviews with Carolyn, who, astoundingly, is still employed by the NYPD. Photos. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Napoletano, Eric.
Napoletano, Carolyn.
Serial murderers -- United States -- Biography.
Serial murderers -- United States -- Psychology.
Accomplices -- United States -- Biography.
Mothers and sons -- United States.
Publisher New York :Onyx,1997
Edition [Updated ed.].
Language English
Notes "Updated for paperback"--Cover.
"An Onyx book."
Description 384 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm
ISBN 0451407482 (pbk.) :
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