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Abuse victims often hate themselves but don’t know why


… This story is riveting, painful to read, but imagine the Bella Capos of this world who weather this sort of physical and emotional abuse and come out on the other side willing to help others and educate the world!  ~C. Hope Clark, Author The Carolina Slade Mystery

Las Vegas, NV. Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Abuse victims often hate themselves and even feel suicidal, but frequently don’t know why. They are the victims, not the abusers, but were not given the opportunity to experience a ‘normal’ childhood. Unfortunately, these years are ingrained in their personalities and in their actions and attitudes. Many become self-destructive. Others find clever ways to cope.

When the development of  typical reactions during the process of growing up is interrupted by abuse, often resulting in distorted perceptions, the victim can’t go back and relive those years. It is not unusual for self-hate to follow them into adulthood and impact most things in their lives. Some seek help through therapy, but thousands upon thousands do not.  With their thinking altered and geared toward protection, it affects the way they perceive themselves, relationships with their families, partners, close friends, their own children and can result in dissociative tendencies.

Bella Capo, whose story is told in La Bella Mafia, was a very clever abused child whose father was a power broker with organized crime connections. From the time she was very small she found ways to get even with those who taunted her, but it didn’t help to curb the thoughts of suicide that plagued her from the age of four.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 of La Bella Mafia

One day a girl at school heard me say I didn’t want to live. She taunted me and made fun of me and it didn’t stop there. She enlisted others to participate in her attacks on me.

In my head I decided to make her pay. I am not a violent person, but rather a very psychological one. The first thing I did was to befriend her and get close to her.

The day came when we cut school and went to her house for some drinks and partying. What she didn’t know was that I’d planned for this and had a tube of Super Glue with me. While she was doing other things, I Super Glued everything I could think of. The phone to the hook, the VCR shut, vases to the table— when I was done, nothing moved.

Within a day, my parents got a call from the authorities that the family whose stuff I had Super Glued had filed a complaint and I was going to be sent to Juvenile Hall. “Well,”I thought, “not if I can help it!” So, out my window I went and was gone for two weeks.

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Presale: August 15, 2013  Release date: October 15, 2013

Bella is available for radio and TV interviews. Email: labellamafia.book.com@gmail.com

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Houdini Publishing

Family abuse often a dirty, closely kept secret

… Reading La Bella Mafia is like watching the movie Titanic. You know disaster looms, but the story is so compelling, you can’t tear yourself away. ~ Mike Dennis, Author of Man-Slaughter

Las Vegas, NV. Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Bella Capo is a brave woman who broke out of the pattern of abuse that was her “normal” and now helps hundreds of abuse victims. Many are terrified of admitting what is happening or has happened to them.

Often just a word is enough to traumatize victims of parents, siblings, spouses or “kindly” relatives. Physical, sexual, verbal, social, economic, or spiritual abuse all produce sets of symptoms. Some are more likely to be linked to domestic abuse than childhood abuse, but all of it applied to Capo, including life-threatening situations. In one phase of her life Capo earned her stripes and became a boss in a  notorious national gang. Bella with gun-2

As a child she didn’t know the hell she endured was not normal, and became a wild child as many abuse victims do unless they crawl into a protective shell. She dealt with serious issues related to trust, anger, drug problems, depression, and suicidal thoughts, but the symptoms are not the same for everyone. The media is filled daily with stories about abuse victims.

Many shut off their emotions completely in order to survive, as Bella did, and often develop severe PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury from beatings and even split personalities. While many seek help, few establish an organization dedicated to helping others who suffer silently.

La Bella Mafia, the online movement Bella Capo co-founded now numbers hundreds of Bellas and Bellos. This volunteer network has helped hundreds of people at risk over the past eight years. Members are security-checked to make sure they are not stalkers or phonies. La Bella Mafia is for those who sincerely need help or want to help others. To find out more, visit their page on Facebook.

Excerpt from Chapter 2 of La Bella Mafia

Showing your rapes to the world isn’t an easy thing to do, but I knew years ago I had to when the time was right.

When your reality is a living Hell, you actually do believe you did something wrong and that’s why you’re there. The first time I sat in a therapist’s chair I didn’t feel like I deserved to be there. Of course, I have come leaps and bounds from that time and now I pour out my soul every day in the hope my message will reach even one girl who feels the way I did. If that happens, it will spare her some of the torment of finding her way. That’s how La Bella Mafia began. Most of the Bellas are women I touched who had experienced what I did and worse. We’ve bonded to help each other. It is never really over, but it can get better.

I’m a miracle because I survived when I could have died so many times.

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Presale: August 15, 2013 Release date: October 15, 2013
Bella is available for radio and TV interviews.

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Bella Capo’s online movement La Bella Mafia helps abused women

… Bella Capo, who lived through tragedies beyond belief, is the only one with the knowledge, courage and integrity to tell this story.

 ~Tony “Nap” Napoli, Author of My Father, My Don

 Las Vegas, NV. Tuesday, July 9, 2013No one knows how many actually suffer abuse silently. Be it a child or adult, they often make excuses to explain bruises and broken bones, to protect the parent or family member who is abusing them. But in secret, abused children might act out scenes they see in their life as normal, hoard food if they are able to, and most live in constant fear.733992_10151567235913185_1313824627_nMany shut off their emotions or develop split personalities in order to survive. Bella Capo exhibited undiagnosed symptoms typical of severe PTSD in her early life, but to all outward appearances she was a normal little girl. A normal little girl with a powerful, controlling crime boss for a father, an abused mother who sought solace in drugs, and an abusive older brother who subjected the girl to unspeakable acts and violence from the time she was only four.

 Bella should have or could have died many times in her life, but she is a survivor in every sense of the word, and always felt there was a reason she had to fight for survival—and there was. The answer is found in the riveting upcoming book, La Bella Mafia.

 After running clubs on Hollywood’s famous Sunset Strip, becoming a white female boss in a nationally known gang, and being stalked and threatened by a man she discovered was anything but the perfect husband, Bella Capo discovered her mission in life. She co-founded the online La Bella Mafia movement which, for the past eight years, has helped and counseled countless women who suffered silently.

Excerpts from Chapter 1

 Dancing kept me going. Roller skating, the beach—these are the things that made me feel good. School was hard because I never could concentrate. I’d been thrown around and punched so much that my mind wasn’t functioning right. But they didn’t have traumatic brain injury awareness back then, so I just felt dumb and out-of-place.

 My mom took me to dancing lessons three times a week, sewed outfits for my performances, got my hair done and was my biggest fan in the crowd. That part I do remember. But through the years I protected myself by suppressing so many memories, that it wasn’t until a few years ago I had any memories of my mom at all. I just felt I had to protect her. I guess I’d seen her battered or drugged-out so often I thought I could make it better.

 Life at home was such a hell that I was suicidal from the time I was four years old. That was when I began to pray to Satan to take my life because I knew God wouldn’t. I knew God wanted to save me, but being “me” was so hard.

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Presale: August 15, 2013  Release date: October 15, 2013

Bella is available for radio and TV talk shows. To contact Bella or be put on the presale notification list, Contact: Contact: E-Mail: Munari@msn.com

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Houdini Publishing

Former Genovese Family associate asks Dennis Griffin to pen La Bella Mafia

On March 3, 2012, I received an email from Tony “Nap” Napoli, a highly-respected former associate of New York’s Genovese organized crime family. When he asks for a favor, I listen. ~Dennis Griffin

 Las Vegas, NV. Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Tony Nap’s father was the late Jimmy “Nap” Napoli, a former boss with the Genovese family and at one time ran the largest illegal gambling operation in the United States.

True crime author Griffin met Tony Nap a few years before while researching information for a new book. Nap was totally candid about everything, unless they discussed current mobsters or their capers. In that regard, he is old-school and would rather rot in prison, himself, than compromise a former associate.

Nap said he needed a favor for a friend and would only identify her as Bella Capo. Griffin knows Nap to be the real deal, so he when he speaks, Griffin pays attention. Nap had his attention when he described the mysterious Bella Capo who endured what she calls Hell on earth. When he talked about the way Bella went on to co-found the online movement, La Bella Mafia, to help others like herself, Griffin’s desire to learn more increased and that sealed the deal which led to the formation of a strange kind of “family.” The compelling story of La Bella Mafia will be released on October 15 by Houdini Publishing.

Excerpt from Preface by Dennis Griffin

As a result of numerous phone conversations and emails, I learned of the sexual, physical and emotional abuse she had suffered beginning at age four. This was followed by experimenting with street drugs, the onset of severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and an ensuing addiction to prescription psychiatric medications. Knowing her experiences are shared by a multitude of women, Bella Capo probably would not have merited a book of her own. However, Bella Capo’s story didn’t end there. This was just her beginning.

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I soon realized that several of the subjects to be addressed were not my strong suits. I was far from an expert on PTSD. And having been an only child, wasn’t sure I’d be able to adequately address mother-daughter or sibling relationships. I decided to contact my friend and fellow author Morgan St. James, who had an encounter with PTSD following an automobile accident, is a mother and sibling, and who could provide further insight and understanding of Bella Capo’s amazing life.

I ran the scenario past Morgan and she agreed with me that a book had potential. I’d never co-authored a book, but Morgan has a mystery series she wrote with her sister, and found the relationship workable. Bella Capo agreed to Morgan’s participation and so began “Team Bella”—Bella Capo, Morgan, and me.

Another tremendous asset to the project was Tony Nap, who I mentioned earlier. Any time I needed information or clarification regarding an incident or situation he was involved in, he responded candidly and without hesitation. I didn’t list him as a member of Team Bella, because Tony is unofficially known as the Godfather of La Bella Mafia for the guidance and support he offers.

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Presale begins on August 15, 2013. Release date: October 15, 2013.

For more information, visit https://labellamafiabook.wordpress.com

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Houdini Publishing

Bella Capo reveals shocking story in La Bella Mafia

 What is it really like to be an abused child of a crime boss? To run clubs on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip as a powerful woman in the club culture? To become a female boss in a notorious national gang?

 Las Vegas, NV. Thursday, June 27, 2013. Houdini Publishing announced today the upcoming release of their latest book, La Bella Mafia, Bella Capo’s true story as told to co-authors Dennis Griffin and Morgan St. James.

 “This brave woman came out of hiding to share her life story in order to reach the legions of abused women (and some men) who suffer in silence.”

Shelters provide safety and counseling, which is extremely important in the journey from fear and threats to a normal life. Bella’s online support movement, La Bella Mafia, is a volunteer support network of women who have walked in those shoes. Women who were in such dire circumstances they had to turn off all emotion in order to survive.

 Bella’s opens the book with this statement: “I had endured so much, I was beyond feeling anything.

Because I believe in angels, I had a crying angel tattooed on my back so it could cry for me when I couldn’t cry for myself.” Through counseling and writing the book, Bella now has the ability to cry for herself, so every page is stained with her tears.

 Excerpt from the Introduction in Bella’s words.

 I never believed I would be able to write about the shocking existence I endured from the time I was only four, but now I know I must if others are to be helped. Bella is not my given name, but it is who I have finally become and this is my story. My co-authors, Dennis Griffin and Morgan St. James, held my hand all the way through the trauma of reliving everything and have put my memories and stories into what you are about to read: La Bella Mafia.

I warn you, this book is not for the faint of heart. No child or young woman should ever have to go through what I did. If you looked at our family on the surface, we appeared to be living the American Dream with a nice house, luxuries, my father’s successful career and plenty of his important friends. The dark secrets of a sadistically abusive father and brother, sexual abuse, ties to organized crime and free-flowing drugs should have had no place in the life of the little girl who twirled and danced in her perfect pink bedroom while wearing a fluffy tutu.

That lovely image was what everyone saw, while the horrendous underbelly of our family remained hidden, and continued into my life as a teen and an adult. You might think things like these only happen in movies, on TV or in fiction, but let me assure you, everything is true. By all odds, I should have died many times but something in me gave me the strength to close out the horrible reality, the physical abuse and living on the edge.

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Presale begins on August 15, 2013. Release date: October 15, 2013.

For more information, visit https://labellamafiabook.wordpress.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houdini Publishing

Former Genovese Family associate asks Dennis Griffin to pen La Bella Mafia

 

 On March 3, 2012, I received an email from Tony “Nap” Napoli, a highly-respected former associate of New York’s Genovese organized crime family. When he asks for a favor, I listen. ~Dennis Griffin

 

 Las Vegas, NV. Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Tony Nap’s father was the late Jimmy “Nap” Napoli, a former boss with the Genovese family and at one time ran the largest illegal gambling operation in the United States.

 True crime author Griffin met Tony Nap a few years before while researching information for a new book. Nap was totally candid about everything, unless they discussed current mobsters or their capers. In that regard, he is old-school and would rather rot in prison, himself, than compromise a former associate.

 Nap said he needed a favor for a friend and would only identify her as Bella Capo. Griffin knows Nap to be the real deal, so he when he speaks, Griffin pays attention. Nap had his attention, and when he described the mysterious Bella Capo who endured what she calls Hell on earth. The way Bella went on to co-found the online movement, La Bella Mafia to help others like her increased Griffin’s desire to learn more and sealed the deal. That led to the formation of a strange kind of “family.” The compelling story of La Bella Mafia will be released on October 15 by Houdini Publishing.

Excerpt from Preface by Dennis Griffin.

 As a result of numerous phone conversations and emails, I learned of the sexual, physical and emotional abuse she had suffered beginning at age four. This was followed by experimenting with street drugs, the onset of severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and an ensuing addiction to prescription psychiatric medications. Knowing her experiences are shared by a multitude of women, Bella Capo probably would not have merited a book of her own. However, Bella Capo’s story doesn’t end there. This was just her beginning.

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I soon realized that several of the subjects to be addressed were not my strong suits. I was far from an expert on PTSD. And having been an only child, wasn’t sure I’d be able to adequately address mother-daughter or sibling relationships. I decided to contact my friend and fellow author Morgan St. James, who had an encounter with PTSD following an automobile accident, is a mother and sibling, and who could provide further insight and understanding of Bella Capo’s amazing life.

 I ran the scenario past Morgan and she agreed with me that a book had potential. I’d never co-authored a book, but Morgan has a mystery series she wrote with her sister, and found the relationship workable. Bella Capo agreed to Morgan’s participation and so began “Team Bella”—Bella Capo, Morgan, and me.

 Another tremendous asset to the project was Tony Nap, who I mentioned earlier. Any time I needed information or clarification regarding an incident or situation he was involved in, he responded candidly and without hesitation. I didn’t list him as a member of Team Bella, because Tony is unofficially known as the Godfather of La Bella Mafia for the guidance and support he offers.

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Presale begins on August 15, 2013. Release date: October 15, 2013.

For more information, visit https://labellamafiabook.wordpress.com

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