It’s no secret that the fictional crime family portrayed in the “Sopranos” was based on real life mobsters: New Jersey’s only Mafia gang, the Decavalcantes.
How do they match up? Let’s take a look.
In the HBO crime series, the fictional boss was Anthony Soprano who was perfectly portrayed by actor James Gandolfini as a violent but at times sympathetic family guy. The Feds say the real mob was the Decavalcantes, run by John Riggi.
The story lines in the Sppranos often blurred with and echoed many real life incidents like the time the Feds listened into the genuine bad guys compare themselves the fakes on screen.
As for James Gandolfini, all of law enforcement is in agreement that his portrayal of a mob boss was hands down on the money.
“The Sopranos” is gone now and sadly, so is its star, James Gandolfini, but the drama has turned into a reality show. The real bad guys are still around and trust me, there’s nothing humerous or cute about this bunch of thugs.
James Gandolfini, my friend, rest in peace.