If you had told me a year ago that my best friend end up being someone who has murdered over 350 people, I wouldn’t have believed it. However, now, this is inherently true. It’s been a wild ride. This is the story of how it came to pass.
I was invited to an invitational Sullen Art party, since I am one of the “Sullen Art Family” artists who has her photography on her own Sullen shirt. The guy I invited, unbeknownst to me, brought someone with him. I was not told nor did I know anything about this individual he had invited. There was no time during the party for me to speak to him as I was off doing my networking thing, having just launched a new hardcover tattoo lifestyle photography book. After the event, however, we went back to my house and I was able to talk to this new manperson in a one-on-one capacity. We spoke for over an hour about all kinds of things and we bonded very quickly forming an immediate trust which is rare for me as I generally hate everyone and don’t trust anybody! I sensed immediately that we formed some kind of ‘special connection’ that was stronger than a physical plane rolling harder and faster to a spiritual plane. Hard to describe, so I wont even try. He started telling me all kinds of things, which only furthered to launch my disbelief as they were all so unbelievable I was sure this guy was a pathological liar. Surely, none of this incredulousness could be true. He went on to tell me he worked for Pablo Escobar running his operations for over 10 years and that Escobar was his brother-in-law. That he was a “pest control” professional for the Mafia, annihilating over 350 people during a 30 year career of death and dismemberment. He said he would light people on fire and that his nickname came to be “Fuego” which means ‘fire’ in Spanish. This is just a small part of the information he imparted which left me suspect at best. After some consideration, I decided to do some checking on my own so I called some East Coast guys who were connected and asked them “What’s up with this guy I just met?”
I was radically perplexed because my little inner voice whispered to me that he wasn’t lying, but all of this was so incredulous that I really couldn’t figure it out. To my surprise the East Coast guys told me “No he’s the real deal, he works for us, all of what he tells you is true and one last thing, whatever you do don’t piss him off!” Well now I have to reconfigure and reprocess all of this information and to say I am overwhelmed is an understatement. I start to look at this whole thing in a different light and I realize that there’s a story here that needs to be told. Never in the history of true crime has an “independent contractor” come forth to tell the details, the whys, the how’s the how-to’s of his profession so this would be a first. I told him I’d write the book if he imparted the information but my stipulation was that he had to put it all on the table and that would be an emotional visceral roller coaster ride for him. He agreed and we set forth in the endeavor of telling his story. Problem was there was SO MUCH information I was overwhelmed with the job of selecting what should go in the book. It took me 3 months to narrow it down and that was 3 months of making detailed notes during the hours and hours we just sat in his car and talked. The book came to fruition 3 months later. Most people cant get through the first 20 pages. It is not a kind and gracious journey. My friend Adam Rifkin gave me a quote “Warning, read it, but do so at a time when you are of strong mind. This book is unembellished and tells the story of a life filled with violence and remorse.”
Although I have 3 non-fiction written books out now, I am best known for my iconic photographic images which are not of a conventional nature.
During my 18 year career I have photographed over 30,000 individuals. Waylon Jennings, Sonny Barger, Penn & Teller, Blue Man Group, Dave Navarro, Leon Russell, Bone Thugz & Harmony, Marilyn Manson, Elvira, Lou Ferrigno and thousands of other celebs have graced my lens. Some famous, some just infamous. Some of these people impressed me, like Waylon. Most however, did not. But Fuego, bless his little black heart, as my father used to say, impressed me. With his 151 IQ and his articulate nature, knowledge of 6 languages, strong heart and a minacious spirit that you cannot abrogate, he is much more than a killer. Someone so complex with a life so chaotic is not easy to describe in text and a package this big and this complicated is not easy to define, therefore this book was a difficult undertaking but it’s a remarkable read and a remarkable story. It is not an‘easy’ story and most people can’t get through the first chapter. That’s fine with me. I don’t want easy. I want deep, gut-gnawing, rat-wrenching and visceral and DIARY OF A HITMAN is definitely that. I hope all of you will buy a ticket and take the ride.
If you had told me a year ago that my best friend end up being someone who has murdered over 350 people, I wouldn’t have believed it. However, now, this has become the case. It’s been a wild ride and Im sure it will get even wilder. That’s the story of how it came to pass.
“A must-read for all special agents.” ….The FBI
“Mind-blowing and bone-chilling.” ….CIA / Special Foreign Ops
“This is a beast of a book about violence and redemption.”
……Rocco Morelli / former Cosa Nostra
“Warning, read it, but do so at a time when you are of strong mind. This book is unembellished and tells the story of a life filled with violence and remorse.”
…..Adam Rifkin / Hollywood Director
“I had to put it down on page 51 due to the intensity of the material.”
…..Bill Anderson / Hollywood Producer