Scandals, Secrets & The Mob

Nearly forty years ago, Vito Colucci Jr. of the Stamford Police Department was almost murdered by Sgt. Albert “Duke” Morris as Colucci backed his car out of his grandfather’s driveway. It wasn’t the first time he’d receive a death threat.



Vito Colucci

William Taufic

In Rogue Town, Colucci’s account of corruption in Stamford, readers will discover a city quite different from the Gold Coast gem they live in today. It was “a crazy era,” the author says, “but Stamford, at night, was quiet.” However, underneath the mellow façade lay organized crime, and atop the criminal food chain perched Lt. Larry Hogan, Colucci’s superior, and Morris, Hogan’s enforcer. “There were so many dollars bound up with city contracts and kickbacks,” Colucci says. “Stamford was a totally corrupt city; I can’t even say ‘partly.’ ” 

Still, the story is dimly recalled, even now. “Most of the younger generation today have no idea what was going on then,” Colucci says. “Even older people have said that. Their bottom line with the book is: ‘I didn’t know the extent of it.’ ”

Were it not for Anthony R. Dolan’s reporting, it might have stayed buried. In the book’s foreword, Dolan relates how Stamford’s “classic matrix of organized crime and municipal corruption in eight city departments” had developed. Beginning in 1974, in roughly seven-dozen articles for The Advocate (for which he would win the paper’s only Pulitzer), Dolan traced the corruption that Colucci had been working to bring to light. “The unique thing about my situation is I wore a wire and put in a fake resignation,” Colucci notes. “And I went out on the street as a disgruntled ex-cop, and became like a sounding board for people who would give me information.” 

This was part of the plan concocted by Stamford’s then new, hardline Police Chief Victor I. Cizanckas to flush out the city. 

Dolan’s career trajectory relates a more national story: He went on to become President Ronald Reagan’s head speechwriter (coining the phrase “Evil Empire”), and as a result of meetings with administration officials about Stamford’s situation, the Presidential Commission on Organized Crime arose. 

There will be a Rogue Town sequel, detailing the time after the book’s events, but for now, Colucci has been contacted by Hollywood, and a film or TV adaptation is, perhaps, in the offing. 

More important, though, was simply telling his story. “I’m having a ball seeing this book do so well,” he says. “It’s near-and-dear to my heart; I almost died for it. It’s in the history of Stamford, its dark past.”

Stamford Agenda

  • The Wilton Fall Antiques Market

    2014.10.26

    Barnstar Productions and the Wilton Historical Society will present the Wilton Antiques Market. More than 80 exhibitors are expected to...

  • Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm

    2014.10.26

    Don your Halloween costume and head up to Heckscher Farm to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends! Make your first stop at the otter pond...

  • Ick Fest @ Overbrook

    2014.10.26

    Celebrate all things creepy and crawly at our annual "Ick Fest @ Overbrook." After Trick-or-Treating on the Farm, visit the Overbrook...

  • OPEN STUDIOS 2014

    2014.10.24

    LOFT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION WELCOMES the PUBLIC to its 36th ANNUAL Open Studios EVENT Friday October 24 - 6 to 9 PM Saturday October 25 -...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • The Way We Worked

    2014.09.20

    September 20 through November 4, 9am – 5pm The Way We Worked is a fun and nostalgic look back at the history of working people in...

  • NFL Specials

    2014.09.17

    Are you ready to spend Football Sunday and Mondays with us at the Whale? Join us for $4 Bud Light Drafts, $8 Signature Bloody Mary’s and...

  • College Football Specials

    2014.09.17

    Calling all College Football fans! Watch your favorite college football team score a touchdown at Sign of the Whale. Drink specials include $4...

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

    2014.09.01

    September 1 – December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre...

  • Restaurant: Family Night | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Every Sunday evening from 5:30PM - 8:30PM Bring the kids to enjoy our Magician, special kids menu, fun for the entire family!

  • Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County

    2014.10.25

    Saturday, October 25 – Sunday, November 2 Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25 through Sunday, November 2 for the 13th season of the...

  • Monday Morning Open House

    2014.06.02

    An advanced workspace, COMRADITY is a GOOGLE-style shared workspace with blistering fast Fiber Optic internet in furnished private and open...

  • JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Registration

    2014.08.11

    Registration for the 2014/15 school Our Nursery School programs are designed to help children learn in an interactive and playful way while...

  • FAll 2014 Semester beginning - Ballet School of Stamford

    2014.09.15

    Our Fall semester begins on September 15th in our beautiful studios at Old Town Hall in Stamford. We offer classes for children age 3 to 18. Our...

  • #raisingtodayskids-An Evening With Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D

    2014.10.28

    For Parents and Educators of Children Birth – 10 Years. Steiner-Adair will discuss the many ways our families have been transformed by the...

  • BU8: DJ Trivia | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Come test your Wit and skills with TRIVIA. The top 3 teams claim prizes. Great specials and a great time for those who...

  • Treats & Treasures

    2014.10.30

    Get a jump on your holiday shopping with unique wares from special vendors and local shops. Entry fee is $10 with proceeds benefitting Stamford...

  • Salsa Dance Halloween Party

    2014.10.30

    Join Latin Moves for a Halloween Party at the Palms! Costumes welcomed. Thursday night salsa class begins at 8:30, followed by party. Plus, a...

  • Let’s Talk

    2014.09.04

    Thursdays, Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, 1 – 2 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new people or...

  • Neshama Yoga

    2014.09.12

    Fridays Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Nov. 28), 9 – 10:30 am Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini...


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