Wednesday, March 29, 2006
A Betrayal of Trust
Louis Eppolito worked with directors Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas), Woody Allen (Bullets Over Broadway), and David Lynch (Lost Highway); and acted alongside the likes of Robert DeNiro, Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Ed Harris, Bill Murrary and Robert Blake. He was, at one time, considered one of the most highly decorated policemen in the history of the New York Police Department. But Eppolito's 1992 autobiography, "Mafia Cop: the Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob," could not have been more wrong. Thi, it seems, was not an honest cop. Eppolito it turned out was, apparently, every bit as corrupt as the lineage from which he came. In March 2005, Eppolito, along with his retired NYPD detective partner, was federally indicted for allegedly providing key witness and confidential informant information to the Luchese crime family, as well as carrying out mob hits, kidnapping and turning over individuals to the crime boss, who, reportedly, referred to Eppolito, and his partner, as "my crystal ball." What an utter betrayal of trust! When I was growing up, children were encouraged to seek out a police officer if they were lost or in trouble. Today, we should teach our children to run from them. Reports abound about individuals who, disguised as police officers, mug, car jack and even shoot innocent and unsuspecting individuals. But Eppolito went one step further -- he actually was a police officer -- and a highly decorated one at that -- who allegedly used his position of public trust and law enforcement power to murder people for an organized crime family. What saddens me is, even after this betrayal of trust has been exposed, Hollywood is still banging down his door, creating a movie rights buying frenzy (with reportedly three studios clamoring to produce his story) which has overtaken, and overshadowed the fact that Eppolito is on trial for murder! Why does Hollywood continue to shine the spotlight on this alleged cold blooded killer? Given Eppolito's penchant for fame, leaving him to obscurity might well be his greatest punishment.