Veteran journalist and news presenter Trevor McDonald is back with another TV series about the American Mafia this time to focus on the mafia wives, daughters, and girlfriends called Mafia Women with Trevor McDonald.
Trevor produced a highly rated series about the mafia in the U.S. called “The Mafia with Trevor McDonald” that aired in the UK back in 2015 and was also available online. He is now following up on that series with this new effort which features interviews with the women who live by the rules of Cosa Nostra. The six-week journey once again takes Trevor into the depths of organized crime uncovering a new perspective on life amongst the treachery, money, and violence of the mob.
The two-part mafia TV series will include interviews with Linda Scarpa the daughter of mafia hitman Greg Scarpa Sr., Toni Marie Ricci the former wife of Gambino capo turned informant Michael “Mikey Scars” DiLeonardo, and former Colombo family capo also turned informant Anthony Russo and his new girlfriend who was unaware of the mafia and his old life when they met. McDonald meets with Linda to talk about her notorious father and her life inside a mafia family including the time she and her young son were caught in the middle of a shootout during one of the bloody Colombo mafia wars. His emotional meeting with Toni Marie touches on the breaking of the oath of Omerta and the pain she still feels from that betrayal.
The meeting with Russo and his new girlfriend allowed Trevor to get an in-depth look at the mobster’s life inside the Colombo family while serving as a captain for unrelated reputed acting mob boss Andrew (Mush) Russo. Anthony was a trusted capo until he turned informant after being charged with racketeering and the 1993 murder of Colombo underboss Joseph Scopo. Russo supplied the feds with information on more than 20 members of his former mafia family and was rewarded for his cooperation with a 35 months time served sentence instead of the life sentence he would have faced.
Episode one of the two-part series is set to air on Feb 16, 2017, on ITV. Hopefully, it will follow the same path as McDonald’s previous mafia show and be available for American and other viewers online quickly after its premiere.