chapter 2 start of the crime
James Campania was feeling lost and alone after the death of his parents. For the past three years, he had been working as a driver for a local taxi company, but the monotony of the job had begun to wear on him. He felt like he was going nowhere and that he needed to do something more with his life.After the funeral, James was left feeling lost and alone. His older siblings had their own families and lives, and James was left to fend for himself. He continued working as a taxi driver, but the job no longer held any meaning for him. He felt like he was just going through the motions, and needed a change.
It was around this time that James received a visit from his childhood friend Vito De Luca. Vito had been working with the Salvetti family for a few years and had become a respected member of the mafia. Vito knew that James was struggling and thought that he might be a good fit for the Salvetti family.
“Hey, James. I know you’re going through a tough time right now. But I’ve got something that might interest you.”
“What is it?” James asked, intrigued.
“I’ve been working for the Salvetti family for a few years now. They’re a mafia crime family, and they’re always looking for new talent. With your skills and loyalty, I think you’d be a great fit.”
James was taken aback. He had heard of the Salvetti family before, but had never considered getting involved with them. However, he was desperate for a change and intrigued by the possibility of working for a powerful organization.
Vito told James about the benefits of working for the Salvetti family. He explained that the family was like a brotherhood, and that members looked out for one another. James was intrigued by this idea and agreed to meet with Vito’s boss, Adamo De Blase.
“How do I get in touch with them?” James asked.
“I can set up a meeting with my boss, Adamo De Blase. He’s a soldier for the family, and he’ll be able to give you a job.”
James hesitated for a moment, but ultimately decided to take the chance. He knew that getting involved with the mafia was dangerous, but he also knew that he had nothing left to lose.
A few days later, Vito brought James to a small Italian restaurant in the heart of Brooklyn. The restaurant was quiet, with only a few patrons scattered throughout the dining area. Adamo De Blase was sitting at a table in the back of the room, smoking a cigar and sipping on a glass of red wine.
“Adamo, this is my friend James. He’s interested in working for the family,” Vito said as he introduced the two men.
Adamo looked James up and down, sizing him up. James felt nervous under his gaze, but tried to remain calm.
“So, Vito tells me you’re interested in working for us. What can you do?”
James took a deep breath and spoke confidently. “I’m a good driver, and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty. I’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done.”
Adamo was a gruff and intimidating man, but James could tell that he was also a fair and just leader. Adamo saw something in James and offered him a job as a low-level associate. James was ecstatic and immediately accepted the offer.
Adamo nodded slowly. “I like your attitude, kid. I’ll give you a shot. But you have to prove yourself first. I’ll start you off with some small jobs and see how you do. If you impress me, we can talk about moving up in the organization.”
James felt a sense of relief wash over him. He had taken the first step into a dangerous new world, but he also felt a sense of excitement and purpose. For the first time in years, he had something to look forward to.
James started off doing small jobs for the Salvetti family, like running errands and delivering messages. It wasn’t glamorous work, but James was happy to be a part of something bigger than himself. He felt like he was part of a family again, and that was something he had been missing for a long time.
As James proved himself to be a reliable and trustworthy associate, he began to take on more important jobs. He was tasked with collecting debts from local business owners who owed money to the family. James didn’t like the idea of using force to collect debts, but he knew that it was part of the job.
One day, James was tasked with collecting a debt from a man named Tony . Tony was a local business owner who had fallen behind on his payments to the Salvetti family. James went to Tony’s shop and asked him to pay up.
Tony refused and started to get aggressive with James. He told James that he didn’t owe the Salvetti family anything and that he wasn’t going to pay. James knew that he had to act fast before things got out of hand.
Without thinking, James punched Tony in the face. Tony fell to the ground and James grabbed the money that he owed. James left the shop feeling a mix of emotions. On one hand, he was proud of himself for standing up to Tony. But on the other hand, he felt guilty for using violence to get what he wanted.
This incident made James realize that he was in a dangerous business. He knew that the Salvetti family wasn’t afraid to use violence to get what they wanted, and he didn’t want to be a part of that. But he also knew that he couldn’t just quit the family without consequences.
Despite his reservations, James was starting to climb the ranks of the Salvetti family. He had gained the respect of Adamo and was starting to be trusted with more important jobs. James knew that he had found his place in the world, and he was happy to be a part of something bigger than himself.
But little did James know, his loyalty to the Salvetti family would soon be put to the test. James was about to find out just how far he was willing to go to protect his new family.
Over the next few weeks, James worked hard to prove himself to Adamo and the Salvetti family. He ran errands, did some light muscle work, and even helped plan a few small jobs. He was always professional and efficient, and Adamo took notice.
“You’re doing good work, James,” Adamo said one day as they sat in a parked car, watching a rival gang’s hideout. “I think you have potential.”
James felt a swell of pride in his chest. He was finally being recognized for his hard work, and it felt good.
As the months went on, James continued to impress the Salvetti family. He worked his way up the ranks, earning the trust of his superiors