“As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.”

— Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955

So said the “Wiseguy” of Nicholas Pileggi’s book and the “hero” of Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic flick “GoodFellas”

I always thought the worst thing that could happen to my father was that he would go back to prison or get killed.

It’s not that I wanted either to happen; it’s just that I expected it would be one or the other…

But as bad as his options were – prison or death – at least those would have happened to him. Not to me, not to my sister, not to my mother. To him. Gregg Hill

On The Run: A Mafia Childhood

Gregg his sister Gina and their mother Karen have been “On The Run” with their dad since 1980 when he was busted and decided his only option was to rat on the mob and enter the witness protection scheme.

This books tells of the years spent hiding from “friends & family” who wanted Henry Hill silenced. Moving from New York to the Mid-West to the South then the North West coast the Hills were never able to settle as the people Henry had put in jail found out their location, mainly due to Henry’s big mouth, dislike for “normal” life and wish to continue being the “wiseguy”.

Henry’s violence, cheating, dealing, scamming, drug & alcohol addictions as viewed by his disillusioned son and ever optimistic daughter that put their lives in danger, from both his and other’s hand, makes one a hell of a story.

A life lost in the witness protection program.

5 Replies to ““As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.””

  1. So is that anything like the experiences of er….that family, (whatever their names are) in Coronation St?
    Personally I’ve never been able to get into gansta type movies or books. It’s definitely a boy thing. Or man thing. Made it sound good though…

  2. Oh yeah, I should have winked after the Coronation St sentence… says she…( paranoid it might think her serious).

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