Blutrich, Michael D. “Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History”, BenBella, 2017.
New York, the 1990s
Michael Blutrich is a gay man who created New York’s most notorious den of heterosexuality. He is also an a lawyer who became one of the most successful undercover mob informants in history. His story is fascinating and takes us inside New York of the 1990s, mafia sit-downs, and the witness protection program.
Michael Blutrich was a resourceful lawyer at one of the city’s most respected firms who fell into the skin trade almost by accident, but it was his legal savvy that made Scores the first club in Manhattan to feature lap dances and enabled him to neatly sidestep a law requiring dancers to wear pasties by covering their nipples with latex paint instead. Soon Scores became a home away from home for everyone from sports superstars and Oscar-winning actors to pop singers and politicians.
The club was located in John Gotti’s territory, and the mafia wanted a piece of the action. We have seen that The Gambino family doesn’t take no for an answer but neither does the FBI. In his memoir, Blutrich shares in detail how his beloved club became a hub for the mafia, and how he found himself caught up in an FBI investigation and struggling to juggle roles of business owner and undercover spy.
As he lost control of his life, Blutrich faced the loss of almost everything dear to him aside from his sense of humor. In “Scores”, Blutrich tells all—from triumph to betrayal in his own very funny and self-deprecating voice.
Blutrich gives us a compelling true crime book that takes readers on a wild ride. This book has something for everyone— mobsters, strippers, extortion, G-men, and an unlikely FBI informant. We get a look into the secret world of FBI undercover cooperation. As unbelievable as it all may seem, this is a true story. Blutrich saw all kinds of people at his strip club but then he learned that he had business partners that he was not aware of— John Gotti and his family of crime. It became very real when two of his employees were whacked leading him to become an undercover agent for the FBI and he wore a wire against Gotham’s biggest gangsters. He has been
credited with almost 40 convictions of mafia defendants and then he \ was unexpectedly sentenced, over government opposition, to more than 13 years of imprisonment in the Federal Witness Security Program. Today he lives and works under a new identity in a secret location.
After graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center law, Blutrich had a distinguished legal career as a Park Avenue attorney and even formed a partnership with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. As an entrepreneur, he was the original owner of Scores as well as several other popular nightclubs. He owned an HBO boxing promotion enterprise, and for seven years hosted Psychic Eye, an acclaimed radio talk show on both WOR-AM and WEVD-AM in New York City. Read his story and laugh and cringe at the same time.