Richard Henkel claims he murdered twenty-eight people. The author, a former police chief, wanted details. So, he asked.
In our ten months of communication, Henkel was usually candid, but when it came to his associates, especially ex-police officer Gary Small, he was tight-lipped. And when I occasionally pushed too hard, he became angry. However, Henkel said he did not lie once to me.”
Homicide Detective Bob Payne remembered Richard Henkel pausing to look out over a wooded area and saying, “There’s more bodies out there.”
This book is the true story of one of the country’s most dangerous con artists, his police officer partner, the men and women who fell victim to his venom, and the lawmen who persevered to serve justice.
Author Rick Porrello writes books that attract interest from filmmakers. Hollywood snapped up To Kill the Irishman—the War that Crippled the Mafia before it was even published and adapted it for Kill the Irishman, starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Christopher Walken, and Val Kilmer and now showing on Netflix. A motion picture based on Superthief—A Master Burglar, the Mafia, and the Biggest Bank Burglary in U.S. History is in development.
Midwest Book Review: “…a methodical drama emerges that is even more riveting than fiction for its factual yet emotionally alluring presentation.” D. Donovan.Readers’ Favorite Reviews: …Porrello has carved a noteworthy niche as a true crime author with his previous work and his investigative skills honed in law enforcement serve him well with each subsequent book. He provides the gritty and grim details surrounding the various crimes Henkel and his associates would participate in during the 1960s and 1970s. Henkel is shown to be a ruthless criminal with little to no remorse for the mayhem he caused. Porrello doesn’t attempt to humanize his subject but does provide a voice for the victims caught up in a madman’s web. A captivating true crime biography that may cause more than a few readers to lose sleep.” Philip Zozzaro