ATTORNEY BAGS BOOK DEAL
A FEDERAL investig Toms Shoes ator who helped crack the case against two ex Toms Shoes cops accused of being Mafia hitmen has scored the latest media deal tied to the stunning drama.
William Oldham, 51, a veteran investigator for the U.
Scribner said Oldham, who worked with Caracappa on the NYPD’s Major Case Squad in the early 1990s, will provide an inside account of the investigation that lays out why it lasted years.
Eppolito left the NYPD in 1990, two years before Caracappa.
Oldham is expected to leave the U.
S. Attorney’s office soon, Scribner senior editor Colin Harrison said.
“My understanding is they will use evidence he developed, and he expects to be called as a witness when the case goes to trial,” Harrison added.
The size of the book deal, believed to be worth six figures, was not disclosed by Scribner, a unit of Simon Schuster, or Oldham’s agent, Jody Hotchkiss.
“We took a very competitive stance on this,” Harrison said.
Oldham will work with Guy Lawson, a correspondent for GQ. Publication is set for next spring.
Also due out next year, from HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint, is “Blood Ties,” former columnist Jimmy Breslin’s take on the case and police corruption.
Meanwhile, retired New York detective Tommy Dades, who was also singled out in March for helping to reopen the investigation that led to the indictments, is being wooed for a movie deal.
According to Daily Variety, Warner Bros.
The 1992 book, subtitled “The Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob,” has been discredited by the indictment.
However, the memoir still offers a window on Eppolito’s family ties. His father, Ralph (Fat the Gangster) Eppolito, and an uncle, James ( Toms Shoes Jimmy the Clam) Eppolito, worked for the Gambino crime family.
Eppolito failed to disclose these Mafia connections on his NYPD employment application, the U.
S. Attorney’s office said in announcing the indictments.
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