Uncovering the Story of New York’s Mafia Secret Judge

“For Members Only: The Story of the Mob’s Secret Judge” by G.T. Harrell tells the story of the controversial figure Mafia Secret Judge. Through a series of recorded conversations between the author and the last living sibling of the protagonist, the book reveals that a man with secret identity served as a judge in the mafia world of New York City, as well as nationwide.


He was Paulie “Lefty” Della Universita, the man who had the final verdict on all mob disputes from the 1950s to the 1980s in the underground world of American mafia. Held in high regard as “The Judge,” Lefty advised on the mob activities of New York's infamous Five Families and abroad.

Writing the Book

Harrell was commissioned by Lefty’s great-nephew, GERARD Vairo, to author the book and was motivated to do in-depth research on organized crime history. Based on several interviews and a wealth of stories by three generations of the secret judge’s family, the fascinating book eventually came into fruition.

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Part II?

Since the book has been published, substantial validation has come to light outside of the family. Real gangster and celebrity interviews, emails, revealing government documents and so much more. Be on the look-out for Part II.