Joe Valachi - Mafia's Greatest Hits

Joe Valachi - Mafia's Greatest Hits

Joe "Joe Cargo" Valachi was the man ultimately responsible for blowing the lid on the notorious Mafia. Valachi, also known as "Charles Chanbano" and "Anthony Sorge", was the first Mafioso to break the code of silence and turn public informer, which revealed the Mob's inner workings to a stunned public.

As the man who gave the world the famous phrase "La Cosa Nostra", translated as "our thing", Valachi spoke about Genovese's "kiss of death". He also described, in vivid detail, an underworld that most American citizens had no idea even existed.

But why did Valachi squeal? And how did the Mob react to this ultimate betrayal?

Mafia's Greatest Hits investigates some of the toughest mobsters, the gang insiders and whistle blowers and how they ultimately met their demise.