The Weasel

The Weasel

A Double Life in the Mob

Book - 2011
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Marvin Elkind, known as "The Weasel", was born in Toronto and grew up in a foster home run by a gangster family. He lived his life in the criminal underworld, but eventually became an informer for various law enforcement agencies in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain because the crime bosses for whom he had originally worked had not treated him as well as he thought he deserved. Humphreys tells his story.
Publisher: Toronto : Wiley, 2011
ISBN: 9780470964514
Branch Call Number: 364.1092 ELK NVD
Characteristics: x, 406 p. [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.)
Alternative Title: Double life in the Mob


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rb3221 Feb 20, 2016

Just looking at the index - names like Muhammad Ali, George Chuvalo, and Jimmy Hoffa, and topics like certified cheque scam, citizenship card counterfeiting, drug trafficking, organized gambling, and loan sharking - will give you an idea of the life of Martin Elkind, the Weasel.
When working with Jimmy Hoffa, he was told of the cardinal rules: "complete obedience, complete loyalty, whatever you hear in the car stays in the car" or "you wont be around to see the morning." Over the years he was a much better fink than he ever was as a crook. He slowly became trusted as a fink and became an integral member of the team, be it with the OPP, the FBI or Scotland Yard. And over these many years he was involved with 160 major investigations, many of which are described in detail by the author. Once he finally retired he found it difficult living an ordinary life after being an adrenaline junkie for his entire life.
A very easy book to read that seems like it is a work of fiction but it is all amazingly true. Videos of some of his stings are available as well as an interesting CTV interview.

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