DADDYHOOD breaks story about former notorious mobster Michael Franzese and his speaking engagement in Australia

Story ran on April 29 and is live now on the online magazine for fathers,
(PR NewsChannel) / May 7, 2015 / LOS ANGELES 

Speaking engagements featuring Michael Franzese are set for Melbourne and Sydney.

The story has a happy ending. But on April 29, 2015, when the story first ran about Michael Franzese the outcome was in doubt.

DADDYHOOD broke the story about whether former notorious mobster Michael Franzese could be robbed of his speaking engagement in Australia because of his background. Australia granted Franzese a Visa to enter the country a few days later.

Michael Franzese is the son of a notorious underboss of the violent and feared Colombo crime family in New York. Only Al Capone earned more money for the mob than Franzese.

Franzese’s involvement with the mob ended 25 years ago. Since then, Michael Franzese served 10 years in federal prison, renounced the mob and became a devout Christian.

Today, even authorities in the U.S. who once tried to incarcerate him accept he’s a reformed man.

Australia apparently had its doubts. But after doing more digging, will allow Franzese into the country for two speaking engagements.

“I’m hopeful Australia will not just consider the first half of my story,” Franzese told DADDYHOOD, a father of seven who range in age from 16-38, before Australia gave the green light. “I hope they strongly consider the rest of my story—the past 20 years. They should realize I’m a different person now.”

Billed as “An Evening with The Godfather,” the Michael Franzese events are set for Melbourne and Sydney. Tickets run $70-$508 (AUD). That’s $55-$400 in U.S. dollars.

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