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Roberts claims that he drugged Ed Sullivan (here with Jayne Mansfield) and tried to blackmail him with a prostitute.
Jon Roberts was a made man, a drug smuggler, a killer. He hobnobbed with OJ Simpson and Ed Sullivan, rubbed shoulders with Pablo Escobar and Carlo Gambino, and made enemies out of John Gotti and Ronald Reagan.
He tortured college students for fun, helped snuff-out "mob accountant" Meyer Lansky's stepson and admits to brutalizing his ex-girlfriend with a belt when she tried to leave him. He flooded the country with cocaine in the 1980s.
Regrets? He has none.
"So would you call yourself a psychopath?" The Post
asked him on Friday.
"Well, that depends on how you define psychopath," Roberts said.
"A lack of empathy or remorse."
"Well, then, yes I am," he said. "I enjoyed my life. How many other people lived the life I did? Maybe that Bernie guy, but who else?"
A new disturbing but intensely enthralling as-told-to memoir, American Desperado
, co-written and vetted by Generation Kill
author Evan Wright, gets deep inside the head of a lifelong criminal.
While the book is littered with famous names -- a testament to what Wright refers to as his place as the "Forrest Gump of crime and depravity" -- there are also passages so dark and violent that you wonder how a man this sinister can sleep at night.