I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank

I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa (Updated Edition)

by Charles Brandt

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The inspiration for the major motion picture, THE IRISHMAN, directed by Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award® nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award® winner Steven Zaillian. 

“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

“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

Includes an Epilogue and a Conclusion that detail substantial post-publication corroboration of Frank Sheeran's revelations about the killings of Jimmy Hoffa, Joey Gallo and JFK.

"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 the US government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission of La Cosa Nostra, alongside the likes of Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano and Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno.

When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, the Irishman did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Charles Brandt's page-turner has become a true crime classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586422387
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Publication date: 06/29/2016
Edition description: Updated Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Charles Brandt is a former junior high school English teacher, welfare investigator in East Harlem, homicide prosecutor, and Chief Deputy Attorney General of the State of Delaware. As a prosecutor, he handled more than 50 homicide proceedings, four of which sent men to death row. In private practice since 1976, Brandt was a criminal defense attorney specializing in homicide for a decade, and has been president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association and the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been named by his peers to both Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Delaware. He is a frequent speaker on cross-examination and interrogation techniques for reluctant witnesses. Brandt is the author of a novel based on major cases he solved through interrogation, The Right to Remain Silent. He is also the co-author of Joe Pistone's Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business and of Lin DeVecchio's We're Going to Win This Thing: The Shocking Frame-Up of a Mafia Crime Buster.

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Table of Contents


Title Page,
Prologue "Russ & Frank",
Chapter One "They Wouldn't Dare",
Chapter Two What It Is,
Chapter Three Get Yourself Another Punching Bag,
Chapter Four Little Egypt University,
Chapter Five 411 Days,
Chapter Six Doing What I Had to Do,
Chapter Seven Waking Up in America,
Chapter Eight Russell Bufalino,
Chapter Nine Prosciutto Bread and Homemade Wine,
Chapter Ten All the Way Downtown,
Chapter Eleven Jimmy,
Chapter Twelve "I Heard You Paint Houses",
Chapter Thirteen They Didn't Make a Parachute Big Enough,
Chapter Fourteen The Gunman Had No Mask,
Chapter Fifteen Respect with an Envelope,
Chapter Sixteen Give Them a Little Message,
Chapter Seventeen Nothing More Than a Mockery,
Chapter Eighteen Just Another Lawyer Now,
Chapter Nineteen Tampering with the Very Soul of the Nation,
Chapter Twenty Hoffa's Comedy Troupe,
Chapter Twenty-One All He Did for Me Was to Hang Up,
Chapter Twenty-Two Pacing in His Cage,
Chapter Twenty-Three Nothing Comes Cheap,
Chapter Twenty-Four He Needed a Favor and That Was That,
Chapter Twenty-Five That Wasn't Jimmy's Way,
Chapter Twenty-Six All Hell Will Break Loose,
Chapter Twenty-Seven July 30, 1975,
Chapter Twenty-Eight To Paint a House,
Chapter Twenty-Nine Everybody Bleeds,
Chapter Thirty "Those Responsible Have Not Gotten Off Scot-Free",
Chapter Thirty-One Under a Vow of Secrecy,
Conclusion Stories That Could Not Be Told Before,
About the Author,

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I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells it all. Not only does it answer the question about how Hoffa died but also gives strong "hints" regarding the death of John F. Kennedy. I found this to be the best book ever written on this subject.
Russell_Kirk More than 1 year ago
If this solved the Hoffa mystery its not too well known; good non-fiction/fiction.
mdg57 More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting,and answers questions that have persisted for many years. The flow of the book was excellent you don't want to put it down. It tells a story of a different generation and how many of them survived after World War II. The time has come for the truth to be told of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa, This book answers those questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally the long-awaited solution to the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Although one question is answered, so many new ones come up. A Must Read for anyone interested in American History!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book answers so many questions about some of the greatest crime stories of our time. I appreciated the author's ability to humanize Frank Sheeran, despite his long history as a "house painter"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been totally fascinated by the Jimmy Hoffa story since I was a kid and read a book about the McClellan Committee's hearings. This was really interesting and I remember a LOT of the names - there were even some relevant to my life. It's very easy to read - I enjoy dialogue and this, while not really dialogue (more of a monologue) is a fascinating history of Hoffa and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union. It was a great book and I'm glad I own it even if it is electroni - I may go an buy a hard copy of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for both a simple contextual view of the Hoffa years and the role of organized crime with trade unions leading up to Hoffa's disappearance. This is a great read. Sheeran provides a compelling and plausible understanding into Hoffa and the end of his life as the trigger man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great read for anyone interested in the history of our country. But what is truly exposed in this book as in many others, is just how corruption spreads through almost every facet of our day to day lives.
RussDW More than 1 year ago
This is one book that I couldn't even put down. It answered alot of questions, not only of Hoffa but of the Kennedys and the corruption of the government at that time also. Great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like true crime, this has plenty of it! You follow an aging mobster, Sheeran, from child hood bar fights to World War II up until his last breath and everywhere in between. It is a great look inside the Teamsters, Mafia, and early immigration to the United States.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent read for anyone interested in the interwoven relationship between the Teamsters, the government and the 'so-called' mafia. What makes this story compelling is that it is coming from someone who lived it, not researched or reported it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
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Janice Clark 3 months ago
Captures your attention from the beginning, and just keeps going. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For better or worse, I recognize and remember vividly many of the stories and characters laid out in this book. Looking forward to the movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was fascinated. After I read this it all makes sense
jeroenvandorp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A few years ago a friend from the States visited me and told me an incredible story about his father meeting Tony ¿Pro¿ Provenzano, a Genovese capo and then international vice president of the (Brotherhoofd of) Teamsters, the big blue collar labor union. Tony Pro had asked him to help him get some cargo out of the country to Canada without the proper paperwork. The cargo consisted of a few oil drums - just as speculation flooded the streets of what had happened to Jimmy Hoffa, who had disappeared mysteriously. One of the theories was - no surprise - that the body was shipped out of the country in empty oil drums.Based on the dry and factual account of Frank Sheeran, trusted man of Jimmy Hoffa, it¿s highly unlikely it happened that way, but you never know. In ¿I heard you paint houses¿, a euphemisms for a professional hit man, Sheeran confesses he killed his boss, mentor and best friend, and he suspected that the body was taken to a mafia crematorium and ¿processed¿.Why did Sheeran kill his mentor and friend? Because he was his mentor and friend. No one in the mob trusts a stranger in his vicinity, so the hit had to be done by someone close to you. It also involved some kinky code of honor. you didn¿t make a hit when family or kids were in the vicinity. No Pacino-esque ¿meet my little friend¿, but ¿Hi¿ and the kill was done.The book gives a unique insight in a world so utterly strange to the most of us it has become a world of weird fantasy and nonsensical speculation for most people. Sheeran does a fine job telling his own story, interrupted every now and then by Brandt for some background. No heroism, just business as usual. For the inattentive reader it could well be that you¿re halfway the book and start to realize Sheeran is talking about killing dozens of people. No theater, no spectacle, just goold old business pals taking care of business of a different kind.The Hoffa kill is just a small part of the book describing the road Sheeran walked to become as casual killing people as he describes it to us. His youth and wartime experience were a big factor, but it¿s also clear that Sheeran was drawn into the business to get away from a lousy existence as bad father and husband, drunk and dozens missed opportunities. It¿s Russel Bufalino, the Pennsylvania boss, who discovers Sheeran, standing over 6 foot is a sturdy bodyguard and extremely loyal executive right hand. He remains his godfather till the very end.Large parts of the book gives us insight in the shared hatred for the Kennedy family, especially Robert Kennedy. One of the reasons is not so much the fact that Bobby Kennedy tried to eradicate the mafia, but because his family broke the rules of the game. In the Mafia¿s opinion father Kennedy had become rich due to illegal activities during the Probation, but now he betrayed the people who had made him rich by allowing his sons to go after them. There¿s also a hint that Hoffa was responsible for the murder on JFK, but the evidence is hardly convincing. Sheeran also tells the story about transferring large sums of money to Attorney General John Mitchell to make Nixon pardon Hoffa. I wonder if that¿s true, although Richard Nixon did pardon Hoffa..As said before, Sheeran¿s account is about ¿business as usual¿. How ¿usual¿ was the ¿business¿? The closing chapters containing the Hoffa hit gives us a view of how usual. Sheeran explains that a hit is no sloppy job. It¿s always a detailed and preplanned actioon with dozens of people involved who often don¿t know each other. the same goes for the murder on Hoffa. Russel Bufalino calls Sheeran about Hoffa. No words are spilled, and nothing explicit is said. Sheeran knwos what he has to do, telling the story without a hint of drama. Bufalino drives Sheeran in his limo to an Ohio airstrip where a plane is waiting. When Sheeran gets on the plane, Bufalino dozes off. Upon returning Sheeran finds him still asleep. Waking up, Bufalino tells Sheeran, my Irish Friend, that he hoped Sheer
kelawrence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really liked it - interesting read - awesome pictures!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can’t wait to see the movie!
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Great job writing this story
mlb58 More than 1 year ago
The book was just OK. I grew up not too far from where it all happened. All the places in the Detroit area, names of cities were familiar. For someone who is non-union or someone who didn't live in an automotive town I aam sure it woud be very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to know the details of Jimmy Hoffa's murder go to chapter 28. The rest of the book is pretty much a bio of Frank Sheean. Still a great book. I could barely put it down.
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