By David Amoruso
“It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business,” Michael Corleone says to his older brother in The Godfather. This quote has come to influence how a large percentage of the public views how organized crime groups operate. These gangsters don’t kill at random. They kill with good reasons. For profit, territory: business. It doesn’t mean they hate you personally.
In a new series titled Nothing Personal, Investigation Discovery will take its viewers deep into this underworld of contract murders and mob hits and explain the reasons and modus operandi behind several gangland murders. Though the motive in murder-for-hire plots may vary from case to case, for the hired hit man it's always business as usual.
Plunge into the sinister undertaking of contract killings in Investigation Discovery's new series about mafia disloyalties, romantic infidelities, stale friendships and the trio of characters at their center: the conniving "client," the professional murderer, and the victim who never saw it coming. Nothing Personal premieres as a six-part series on Wednesday, March 9 at 10 PM ET on Investigation Discovery.
HOSTED BY “BOBBY BACALA”
Each one-hour episode is hosted by true crime aficionado Steve Schirripa, whose mobster character Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri was famously whacked on The Sopranos. Schirripa, who grew up on the fringes of the mob, had schoolmates who became hit men or, unfortunately, succumbed to the work of hit men. Seamlessly woven into the presentation of each story, Schirripa's commentary exposes viewers to an insider's view of the business of crime. Why did the victims have contracts on their lives? Who wanted them dead? And how did the hit men carry out their gruesome assignments? ID's audiences will meet the key players in each story and experience every side of the tale before learning how their relationships fatefully resulted in murder-for-hire.
FIRST EPISODE: WHY “CHAMPAGNE” GOT POPPED
The premiere episode of Nothing Personal tells the story of Larry 'Champagne' Carrozza. With a penchant for expensive bubbly, Carrozza is a flashy young gangster who, after years of service to the Colombo crime family, thinks it's high time he gets promoted. However, it doesn't help his situation when Carrozza starts dating the beautiful daughter of one of the bosses. Eager to prove his loyalty, Carrozza joins notorious hit man 'Big Sal' Miciotta for a routine errand in Brooklyn. The ambitious 30-year-old figures the family is finally taking him seriously. They are. But they don't see him as an asset — they consider him a liability. Featuring an exclusive interview with 'Big Sal,' this episode of Nothing Personal reveals how the hit was conducted, as told by Miciotta himself, the man who pulled the trigger. Unraveling a story of adultery, drugs, and high-power crime, this is the story of why Champagne got popped.
Nothing Personal also covers romantic relationships that go bad, leaving one partner on the wrong end of a deadly plot. One of the more bizarre is the story of Mary Ellen Samuels, who hires a hit man to take out her husband. However, when her hit man starts stepping out of line, she doesn't go to the local business bureau; she hires another hit man to snuff out the first one. Ripe with twists and turns, each episode of Nothing Personal traces the motivation and planning, which leads people to resorting to murder-for-hire.