Originally posted on CBS San Francisco:
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A famous East Coast mafia hitman during the deadliest mob wars of the 1960’s became the first member of the witness protection program when he moved to the Bay Area. But the move didn’t change his behavior and he ultimately met his end in San Francisco in 1976. It’s a story that’s soon to become a major motion picture.
Joe “the Animal” Barboza was a famous and feared. The nickname originated after Barboza chewed off a man’s cheek in a fit of rage.
“His stake in mob lore in America is quite significant, “ said writer Casey Sherman.