Episode 11: Mobsters, car thieves, and Catholic high school: Behind the scenes with former NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari

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If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like being a detective in New York City in the 80s and 90s, this is the episode for you.

Retired NYPD detective-turned-author Vic Ferrari joins me to share a look behind the scenes at some of the wildest times in the department’s history, from mobsters to chop shops to what it’s really like working with the FBI.

Vic is the author of six books, five of which details some of his most memorable experiences as a detective in the largest department in the country.

We talk about:

• His first experience meeting mobsters at the local butcher’s when he was 12;

• How John Gotti’s son-in-law dealt with rats;

• How body shops run by the mob operated;

• The nuns who “borrowed” the Big Nun’s car to go on a shopping spree—and the car got stolen

• That time he moved to Florida and thought he could be a cop there too until they tried to teach him how to wrestle alligators

• How someone suggested he write down a few of his stories—and that turned into a second career

And so much more!

Whether you’re a writer looking for some authentic tales from the NYPD or someone who just loves listening to the real stories from the street, you’re going to love this episode.

Also – there’s some adult language in this one, so don’t listen with little ones around!

You can find Vic’s books here.

And find him on social here:

Instagram: @vicferrari50

Twitter: @vicferrari50