April 25th, 2008 07:28 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Chris W. Knight, Al Capone's Gay Grandson
At the age of 13, just days after his father died in his arms, Chris Knight learned that he was Al Capone`s grandson. His father`s funeral, filled with previously unknown family friends and associates, prompted Knight to ask one of his father`s associates for his father`s real identity. The answer, that his father was a son of Al Capone, started a life-long journey to find the truth about his family connection to America`s most notorious mob boss labeled "public enemy number one."
In his recently released memoir, Son of Scarface: A Memoir by the Grandson of Al Capone, Boston resident, New Jersey native Chris Knight chronicles his life, from his father`s tragic death to the traumatizing abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother to growing up gay, to searching for the truth behind his father`s secret past and finally concluding that he is the grandson of America`s most notorious mobster Al Capone.
His search was stymied by his mother`s abuse -- she insisted that he and his sister keep the truth a secret -- he wasn`t allowed to have any friends or even go outside the family`s gates. Only as an adult did he find the courage to investigate the truth and now tell his story. Laid out for all to see, Son of Scarface puts all the pieces together, from his father`s fraudulent birth certificate to his mother`s confirmation to the research of genealogists and private investigators who detail the discovery of Knight`s identity.
Assisting Knight in his quest for the truth, historians, genealogists and private investigators uncovered information that led to the conclusion that he is the grandson of America`s most notorious mobster.
Knight is available for interview to speak about the book, his childhood, his struggle to find the truth and learning to live with the stigma of having a grandfather who was America`s most notorious mob boss.
Excerpts, photos and more can be seen at http://www.SonofScarface.com. Son of Scarface: A Memoir by the Grandson of Al Capone is available at Amazon.com, Borders Books and Barnes & Noble booksellers.
In an effort to help children that suffer abuse, Knight is giving a portion of the proceeds to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Read Dream Reachers to find out more about Judyth Piazza