About the Author

Anthony M. DeStefano

Journalist and True Crime Author


Anthony M. DeStefano has covered organized crime for over three decades. For the past 30 years he has been a reporter for Newsday, in New York, specializing in criminal justice and legal affairs. (The reference to Newsday is for identification only and the newspaper has no connection to this website.)

As part of the staff of Newsday Mr. DeStefano has covered a number of major trials, including those of subway gunman Bernhard Goetz (1987), The Happy Land Social Club Fire (1991), reputed Gambino crime boss Peter Gotti (2003), former Bonanno crime boss Joseph Massino (2004) and the so called “Mafia Cops” (2006).  He also covered the case against Wall Street Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff from 2008 through 2014.

As a result of his coverage of the Massino trial, DeStefano wrote the book “The Last Godfather: Joseph Massino and The Fall of The Bonanno Crime Family” (Citadel Press) which is now available in books stores such as Barnes and Noble and online.

DeStefano’s continuing coverage of the Mafia led to seven additional books: “Mob Killer: The Bloody Rampage of Charlie Carneglia, Mafia Hit Man” (June 2011) and “Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise And Fall Of A New York Mobster (July 2013). “Gangland New York,” ( July 1, 2015.), “The Big Heist (2017) “Top Hoodlum: Frank Costello Prime Minister of the Mafia” (2018) “Gotti’s Boys: The Mafia Crew That Killed For John Gotti” (2019) “The Deadly Don: Vito Genovese Mafia Boss” (2021)

His coverage of human trafficking inspired another book, “The War on Human Trafficking.”  The books are available at books stores and online retailers.

DeStefano has also in Newsday written about the Gilgo Beach Serial Killer case. His stories about emerging forensic science developments helped keep the focus on their use in identifying the victims and possibly their killer or killers.


Writing the Mob, June 22, 2021
The Mob Museum
Las Vegas, NV

The Frank Morano Show, February 21, 2022
Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano & the Colombo Crime Family

Crime Stories With Nancy Grace, January 28, 2022
Popular New York Street Astronomer Charged in 22-Year-Old Murder


Anthony M. DeStefano is available for talks worldwide. He is available for interviews and speaking engagements.