As outlined elsewhere, the FBI generally charges me $15 for each file they send. Sometimes they send me a free one, but more often than not I end up paying. These costs add up.
I tried to think of a way that would encourage people to invest in my research, and I think I just might have found the way: the Adopt-a-Mobster program. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: You donate $15 by sending it via Paypal to email@example.com or handing it to me. (You can donate more than $15, but you cannot adopt multiple mobsters, so this is not to your advantage.)
Step 2: An FBI file arrives in the mail.
Step 3: I pay for the file with your donation.
Sounds good for me, right? But what do you get out of it? Here’s what you get: you now “own” the information on the mob figure from the FBI file. So whenever I mention this person in future books, magazine articles or elsewhere, you get credited in the acknowledgements. You do not get paid, you do not get free copies of the book / article, but if I write about the person 100 times, you get 100 credits. (You can have a free copy of the FBI file if you wish.)
Mobsters Adopted Thus Far: