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Saddle River NJ, Was Will Smith having a mental breakdown when he assaulted Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday night? Was he on drugs? 

I’ve heard both theories—and more. But Denzel Washington has the one Smith likes best because it takes the blame off him. 

Could it be…satan?

“Denzel said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful,” Smith cried, during his Best Actor acceptance speech 45 minutes after he’d slapped Rock in front of 16 million viewers, “that’s when the devil comes for you.”

Oh, that pesky devil. Always showing up when you’re having fun and ruining everything.

It’s the kind of sabotage local legend Thomas Giacomaro knows only too well. The devil came for him every decade of his life when he was soaring.

He explains it all in his 2018 memoir, The King of Con: How a Smooth-Talking Jersey Boy Made and Lost Billions, Baffled the FBI, Eluded the Mob, and Lived to Tell the Crooked Tale.

In the Seventies, Giacomaro was an award-winning appliance salesman nicknamed “Golden Tongue”—that’s when “the devil came in the form of cocaine,” he says. 

He rose to the top again in the 80’s trucking industry but, drats, the devil sent the mafia to tempt him. 


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In the 90’s, he took over the garbage industry and that’s when the devil sent the FBI to hunt him down. “So, I went on the lam to South Africa,” he says.

He was back by 2000 and once again thrived in the investment world with celebrity clients like novelist Mary Higgins Clark.

“My mother used to say, ‘Give my son a pencil and a dollar and he’ll make a million,’” says Giacomaro.

What evil took him down then? “Pure greed,” he admits.

But no more. 

Today, Giacomaro’s a redeemed man working in the film industry to create a scripted series, docuseries, and feature film based on his memoir (see links, above). 

This time, he plans to make millions without interference by the Prince of Darkness.

And he has non-supernatural advice to share with Will Smith if the actor attempts to walk the righteous road to redemption: 

“Take responsibility. Lay low. And stay out of trouble.” 


4 thoughts on “THE DEVIL MADE THEM DO IT

  1. Good book by good author. Everyone should google Natasha Stoynoff.

  2. Will Smith was under the influence of being and entitled ass who is afraid of his wife.

  3. Denzel went to Fordham. Please tell me he doesn’t believe in the Devil.

    1. Seems a lot of well-educated people believe in gods, angels, and devils.

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