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After the slaying, Schiro said, her son stayed in his room, refusing to go to the wake. Joey was sick about it, said Schiro. He loved the kid. Scarpa, however, ordered Linda to go. I says, I have to go to the wake? Here I am, sitting in the funeral parlor, and the mother comes outshe knows how close [her son] was to Joeyand shes hysterical, crying. I get the chills just thinking about it.
On the witness stand, Schiro added a chilling coda to the story when she testified that DeVecchio had later brushed off Scarpas lament that his son was inconsolable over his friends murder. Better he cries now than he goes to jail, Schiro said the agent replied. Despite our questioning, she somehow never mentioned that memorable comment to us.
Greg Scarpa Sr. died in prison in 1994, jailed for his participation in multiple murders during the Colombo civil war. Ravaged by AIDS, the body that federal prison authorities sent home to Schiro weighed just 56 pounds.
Nine months later, her Joey was dead as well, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong.
According to the D.A.s office, it was the cop who solved that case, Detective Tommy Dades, who eventually convinced Linda Schiro to finally tell about how the FBI agent who was supposed to be harvesting secrets from his top informant traded back murderous secrets of his own.
At the trials opening, DeVecchios defense attorneys, Doug Grover and Mark Bederow, offered their own explanation for Schiros decision to talk. They said shes trying to sell a book.