The making of a real Italian

My dad was always told that his maternal grandfather, James Pacific, died young in a hunting accident. It took his mother, Anita Pacific, years to admit that James wasn’t a hunter and that the fatal hunting accident involved the police, not deer. My great-grandfather was an Italian immigrant living near Pittsburgh, Pa. He was killed by the police in the late 1940s because of his associations with the Italian mafia. I didn’t find out about the mafia connections until recently. It isn’t something that is often talked about, and it isn’t something to be proud of, but it is...

Read More