Movie Alert. From Read to Reel!: I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
"Charles Brandt has solved the Hoffa mystery."
—Professor Arthur Sloane, author of Hoffa
"“It’s all true.”
—New York Police Department organized crime homicide detective Joseph Coffey
“Sheeran’s confession that he killed Hoffa in the manner described in the book is supported by the forensic evidence, is entirely credible, and solves the Hoffa mystery.” — Michael Baden M.D., former Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York
This is the story
"I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.
Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures.
When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, the Irishman did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders including those of Joey Gallo and JFK, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that has become a true crime classic..
Reviews & What Readers Say
“Sheeran’s confession that he killed Hoffa in the manner described in the book is supported by the forensic evidence, is entirely credible, and solves the Hoffa mystery."
―Michael Baden M.D., former Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York
“ Sometimes you can believe everything you read."
“Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing....Finn has created a noir for the new millennium, packed with mesmerizing characters, stunning twists, beautiful writingand a narrator with whom I’d love to split a bottle of Pinot. Maybe two bottles—I’ve got a lot of questions for her."
―William “Big Billy” D’Elia, successor to Russell Bufalino as godfather of the Bufalino crime family
" My source in the Bufalino family . . . read I Heard You Paint Houses. All the Bufalino guys read it. This old-time Bufalino guy told me he was shocked. He couldn’t believe Sheeran confessed all that stuff to [Brandt]. It’s all true."
―New York Police Department organized crime homicide detective Joseph Coffey
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Born and raised in New York City, Brandt is the grandson of Italian immigrants who could not read or write any language; and the son of parents whose schooling stopped at the 8th grade due to family finances. Brandt graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1959.
On graduation from the University of Delaware in 1963, Brandt became a junior high English teacher in Queens, then a Welfare investigator in East Harlem. On graduation from Brooklyn Law School in 1969, Brandt became a prosecutor in Delaware at a time of lawlessness and new court rules restricting police work, when prosecutors were assigned to investigate homicides before an arrest was made. Adept at interrogation, he was promoted to Chief Deputy Attorney General, his state's second highest law enforcement officer. He wrote "The Right to Remain Silent" (1988) a detective novel based on major cases Brandt solved, praised by President Ronald Reagan.
On leaving the office in 1976 Brandt had four men on death row. Brandt then defended major homicide cases, such as, the President of the Pagan motorcycle club accused of killing two witnesses in New Jersey. Brandt transitioned to plaintiffs medical malpractice. The Philly mob retained Brandt to secure the early release from jail on medical grounds of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, the prime suspect in the Hoffa case. They became friends. Brandt traveled in Mafia circles with Sheeran for close to 5 years, using his interrogation skills and Sheeran's remorse to solve the major homicides of Hoffa, Crazy Joey Gallo and President Kennedy for the true crime "I Heard You Paint Houses".
Martin Scorsese is directing a film version adapted by Oscar winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian and starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Brandt became friends with FBI agents Joe Pistone (the undercover Mafia wrecking ball with whom he co-wrote "Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business") and Lin DeVecchio (the intrepid supervisor of the Mafia Commission Case with whom he co-wrote "We're Going to Win This Thing".) Brandt and his wife Nancy have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. They live in Delaware and Idaho. Brandt is working on a new Mafia book and is in demand as a public speaker.