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Edward Caputo is an entrepreneur and former Chief Executive Officer of a number of highly successful technology companies, which he founded and built during his career in business.  He pioneered outsourcing to India, rode the first Internet wave, engineered an Initial Public Offering at the peak of the dot-com bubble and sold out in a cash only deal right before the dot-com bubble burst and technology stock market crash of 2001.  His honors include:

  • Ernst & Young: Master Entrepreneur of The Year Award
  • Bachelor of Science: Business Administration - Summa Cum Laude
  • Computer Systems Engineer - Electronic Data Systems, Dallas, Texas
  • FLMI - Fellow of the Life Management Institute
  • Naples 2016 Citizen of the Year - Naples, Florida
  • Sponsor: FSW Writing Scholarship Award

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Edward Caputo originally studied to become a lawyer.  After graduating at the top of his class from college, he sought a summer job prior to attending law school.  As fate would have it, Ross Perot scouted the college campus looking to hire top graduates as employees for Electronic Data Systems.  That summer job was a career changing course for Edward.  As Ross had done with IBM, Edward broke from EDS and formed Command Systems, taking the company public in 1998 with over 500 employees and five branches, including an international development center in Bangalore, India.  His published novel "Death Cross" is based upon this experience.

He started writing a weekly column called "Caputo on Computers" for the Hartford Business Journal and that began his quest to become a published author. He divides his time between Florida and Connecticut.

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DEATH CROSS - fact-based fiction - based on a true story



Michael - 5 Star Review - A Clever Thriller of the Dot-com Era
Near the end of Edward Caputo’s exciting and smart new novel Death Cross, the author delivers this terse description: “Bitter smoke encircled all of them.” Such is the world of high-flying finance during the tech bubble boom of the late 1990s. Clearly an author who really knows the nuanced trading ins and outs of Wall Street, Caputo takes the reader inside of the skyrocketing internet company Webstar, led by its charismatic CEO Bradley J. Burke.

But dangers loom. First of all, an assassin lurks who doesn’t take too kindly when his fortunes as a day trader go south. His murders tend to serve as a financial antidote. As Caputo points out earlier in the novel, “It’s another case where the stock price was crashing, in a Death Cross, and the CEO is murdered. Now the stock looks like its regaining again.” That titular Death Cross usually signals a dot.com business’s destruction. When an underling fails to file a stock option expansion with the SEC, Webstar heads into this death spiral – one that could well lead the assassin to his next victim.

The plot hums along and builds in intensity as Caputo deftly shifts perspectives from internal corporate battles to an assassination’s hunt to a budding romance to assorted financial shenanigans. The novel’s climax features wonderful twists and turns that keep the reader guessing.

Death Cross is powerfully evocative of its time and place. Caputo captures the aura of the high-toned Manhattan restaurants during this heady period as well as the lower profile spots on Long Island. Simply put, Death Cross is a tremendously fun read as it is populated by a sympathetic protagonist in Burke, lovely, intelligent women in Laura Jordan and FBI Agent Collins, and a surprising cadre of villains. I highly recommend this novel.

Don - 5 Star Review - A Must Read
What a great book! Absolute page turner. I couldn’t put it down. I loved that the heroes were women solving murders and crimes. Death Cross should be made into a Wall Street movie. It reminded me of “The Big Short,” but during the “Dot-com bubble” and then the inevitable bursting of wealth that followed.

The author has very detailed descriptions of characters and scenarios so that the reader can visualize everything. Realistic, emotional and very educational about IPOs, business, trading, Internet technology, and the FBI. The electrifying story takes us deep inside Boardrooms and bedrooms into a business world that is usually hidden and secret. The author created plenty of murders, sex, love, money and a glimpse inside the mind of a psychotic killer to keep me on the edge of my seat. It kept me in suspense about the identity of the perpetrators and curious about how the story would end. And then a surprising twist at the end that keeps me wondering what will happen. I can’t wait for the sequel.


It was the grand finale of the 20th century, and the dawn of a new era, a new technology, a new profession, and... a new motive for murder.

The “Internet revolution,” like the industrial revolution, the agricultural revolution, and countless other revolutions before them, promised to change planet earth forever… and it did!The Internet spawned a whole new ecosphere - a parallel dimension - that connected the universe through computers and software. It was a revolutionary phenomenon that transformed the world. The demand for Internet technology exploded like wildfire on a global basis.

“Dot-com” emerged as the money buzzword on Wall Street, and Internet stocks commanded huge share price premiums, driving the stock market to record highs, week after week, in a raging bull market that was unstoppable.  Investors loved the dot-com story and bought it: hook, line, sinker, rod, reel, and boat.

It was called the “Dot-com bubble” because of the excessive speculation on Wall Street, and for a while… it all worked great!  The dot-coms flourished!  The dot-com entrepreneurs flourished!  The venture capitalists flourished!  The investment bankers flourished!  The lawyers flourished!  Wall Street flourished!  In fact, the entire world flourished!

The hyper-frenzied stock market that emerged, fueled greed and the consequential corollary, a fear psyche that was both delusional and addictive.  It signaled the beginning of the end - that could ultimately trigger the bursting of the Dot-com bubble and the birth of a new breed of speculator: The Day Trader.

The Internet produced a “perfect storm” for Day Traders when the technology to buy and sell stocks instantaneously on personal computers converged with a super-heated stock market. The Wall Street Journal compared it to Las Vegas calling it: “Casino Trading” and Barron’s magazine labeled it a “Wild West” gambling environment.

Day Traders took unimaginable risks, betting huge sums of money, sometimes their entire life savings, based upon investment theories that could drive stocks up or down and create self-fulfilling prophecies triggered by premonitions, superstitions, and traditions.  They used these theories to predict the future performance of a stock to maximize profits or minimize losses.  For instance, the “Death Cross,” an inverted technical indicator that forecasts the death of a stock when the short-term price moving average crosses below the long-term price moving average.  A radical change is required to reverse the inversion.  As the chart below demonstrates, it has been deadly accurate.

Day Traders usually lost money, and frequently lost lots of money, sometimes resulting in bankruptcy when their stocks were pumped through wild gyrations, as fictitious insider information, wild tips, and misleading data across the Internet relentlessly changed the direction of trading.  The stock price crash signaled a Death Cross.

And, when they thought mismanagement by the chief executive officer of the company had caused the Death Cross… Day Trader revenge turned deadly.  It could transform ordinary, law-abiding citizens into pathological lethal behavior when they couldn’t cope with the stress of losing money in the stock market.  Reports of high-powered gun shootings and killings from bell towers on college campuses and downtown office buildings became front-page news when Day Traders lost money and suddenly turned homicidal.


Bradley J. Burke was on top of the world. He had conceived, built, and brought public, a highly successful Internet technology company in an era in which the Internet was beginning to permeate every facet of human existence. The Webstar Initial Public Offering had taken full advantage of the Dot-com bubble, and it sparkled brilliantly through Webstar’s sky-high share price multiples.

Unfortunately, Brad had three problems: One, he was having an affair with the love of his life, but she was married to his best customer, mentor, and Chairman of the Board. Two, there was a crazy Day Trader, assassinating CEOs of public Internet companies, if their share price plunged below its long-term moving average and signaled a “Death Cross” inversion. Three, for no apparent reason, Brad’s Webstar stock suddenly crashed into a Death Cross!

Amid the maelstrom of success, romance, jealousy, and murder, Brad’s life was about to change forever. The question is, was he in the death crosshairs of an assassin, and will he come through it alive?





Strike Suit - Published - Available on Amazon.com


PREVIEW - Dramatized business murder mystery thriller based on real-life events during an IPO.


Liz R - 5 Star Review - Exceptional CAN'T put down!

What a great book! I want MORE! I WANT A MOVIE made! I could not put down this book. The writing, the story, both well done by the author, Ed Caputo. Hard to believe he is a first-time author! The story kept me engrossed and my mind spinning, with my thoughts racing ahead of page I was reading at times. Always NEEDING to know what's next? Especially when I had to put down at various times while reading! That was SO HARD to do. It seemed there was not ever a good place to pause whiling reading! So I purchased for my Kindle too. Just in case disaster struck and I did not have my book! Kindle is always in my bag and that ensured I was never without this book! Though turns out I didn't need Kindle edition...I read this page turner so fast! I had to see what happened next as quickly as possible. Then MY TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT came on just as fast as the first chapter grab me in.... The book, the gripping story ENDS! But does it Ed? I say story seems left open for the NEXT BOOK and a movie! Please say they are coming! Congratulations on a great book Ed! So happy for you! AND I really want my copy signed some day! PLEASE?

Sharon S Crabtree - 5 Star Review - Enlightening and Educational

I read this in about 2 days, as the author kept me engrossed from the very beginning while trying to figure out how everything was going to fall into place as the book moved along at a quick pace. I learned something about the financial/corporate world along the way also. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a fast-moving book and the suspense of a who done it. I would definitely add this author to my list to read any future books.

Robin Rothman - 5 Star Review - Surprising Stunner from first time author Edward Caputo!

Strike Suit is a fast paced and captivating novel from beginning to end. Set in the high stakes’ financial world of IPO's and Wall street excess, this electrifying tale takes us deep inside the boardrooms and bedrooms of a world where others have only allowed us a glimpse. There is enough intrigue, murder, sex, love and money to keep you on the edge of your seat all night long. No regrets here, except for perhaps the very last page. I really did not want this book to end! Here's hoping for a sequel. Amazing job by Edward Caputo!

Janet Thurston - 5 Star Review - Exciting, a terrific read

As an avid reader of Sandford, Flynn, Grisham, George, Kanon, and more, I rank this right up there. It is well paced with information, action, suspense, dread.... I appreciate that Ed doesn't talk down to his audience, though his range of knowledge and experience is evident. I'm coming away feeling like I learned something and that this was the book I always hoped someone would write. I want it to be the first of many.

Gary Kluckhuhn - 5 Star Review - A real eye-opener on the genesis of the perfect economic storm

Ed, Well done! Every bit as captivating as Stormy Weather Thanks for sharing the eloquently told story of your journey. It was a timely and educational read.

Colleen Falaguerra - 5 Star Review - Loved Strike Suit!

Strike Suit is a well written suspense novel filled with intrigue, mystery, twists, surprises, romance and a full education on IPO's, SEC regulations and trading practices. It's worth reading twice! We are anxiously awaiting the movie. Excellent book!

Alan - 5 Star Review - Strike Suit by Edward Caputo

I found it an excellent work and a very enjoyable read! For a first-time effort, I would certainly recommend it as a must read for all mystery fans and believe that it rates a 5! I sincerely look forward to reading a second book.

Pamela Broderick - 5 Star Review - Awesome!

This book kept me turning the pages until I finished it! It is very well-written, with a thrilling combination of intrigue, romance, and suspense, with a great plot and factual at the same time. Definitely reminiscent of the John Grisham books, "Strike Suit" would make a blockbuster movie! I hope he writes the sequel soon...I can't wait to find out what happens to Brad and Laura!! I was an IT professional during the whole "dot-com" thing, and I must say, the Author recaptured it perfectly! Thanks for the "Deja-Vu"! We had an unexpected day off due to bad weather, and "Strike Suit" was the perfect book to curl up with by the fire and spend a Snow Day!!! Thank You!!!

Colleen McLain - 5 Star Review - An Excellent Read!

Strike Suit is a wonderful novel filled with intrigue and romance. The read is smooth, well written and informative. I enjoyed the character development very much. I look forward to more books by this author.

Vincent J. Cody - 5 Star Review - Loved this book (Dot-com era)

This book has everything even though a dot-com era book. Murder, romance, twists and turns, and something that can happen in an IPO. Ed left it open for another book. I could not put the last 150 pages down. Had to see what was going to happen. Coming from New York and knowing about area made it easy for me to read. This book should become a movie. Totally different from the current movies about Wall Street.

Elizabeth Barnes - 5 Star Review - Starts off with a bang and doesn't stop!

Huge yet believable story that unfolds at a whirlwind pace, convincing settings and the perfect mix of likable and hateful characters. exquisitely polished composition of action and intrigue!

I certainly hope Mr. Caputo is currently working on his next book!! Can't wait!!

Andrea Foelsch - 5 Star Review - Strike Suit

EXCELLENT. A friend recommended I read this book. I love a fast-paced mystery. Enjoyed it tremendously from beginning to end. It was difficult to put down. I hope this is this first of many novels from this author.

Curt C Todd - 5 Star Review - What a Great Read

This is a great book that keeps you reading, you never want to put it down. When the Author reveals it is based on his own experience you feel more connected. A great read and cannot wait for the movie.

Joe Bibisi - 5 Star Review - Spectacular Novel!

This is the best novel that I have read in the last 20 years. Once you begin reading it you will not want to put it down. The author artfully combines facts and fiction to develop a fast-moving story that is interesting, mysterious, and intriguing.

Carl A Merz - 5 Star Review - A Wall Street Thriller that should not be missed

Ed Caputo presents a page turner Wall Street thriller based on the IPO of a dot.com company raising large sums of money on Wall street. Emotions run hot as the story develops and ambitions, greed, intrigue unfold. The author confides that the novel is a dramatized story of the IPO of his first company during the heady so called dot.com era. It is complete with insights into the SEC and FBI enforcement.

Don - 5 Star Review - I liked the book!

I laughed I cried... then I read the book and laughed and cried some more... I’m very emotional... I think I need some medication of some sort.

Edward J. Jones - 5 Star Review - A Page Turning Thriller!!!

Mr. Caputo has put together a well thought out plot that holds the reader from start to finish. The characters are rich and the storyline is believable. I hope we hear more from this promising author. WELL DONE MR CAPUTO, WELL DONE!

Linda A - 5 Star Review - Suspense ... Enjoyable!

Talented author... Well-developed plot combining suspense with a flair for detail which places the reader in the setting allowing you to become part of the story.

Carmine Monforte - 5 Star Review - Couldn't Put it down!

Want to read it again. Could not put the book down. Great reading and well put together from cover to cover.

Future Books and Screenplays


badge of betrayal - UNDER DEVELOPMENT


PREVIEW - Non-fictionalized actual Police Abuse of Authority woven into a suspenseful cliffhanger.

At the very pinnacle of humanity’s trust in governmental institutions is: Law Enforcement.  No other profession demands a higher ethical standard.  The ultimate assurance is the trust to go to a police officer when in trouble or help is needed.  But sadly, that trust has been forever broken by a small percentage of police officers who have abused their authority.  Many have been prosecuted, but many more have not been prosecuted, because the “Badge of Betrayal” shields police officers.

Although the large majority of police officers are honest and trustworthy, when I asked my daughter if she would pull over on a deserted road at night if red and blue lights flashed behind her ... she answered, YES!  That’s frightening!  Since I started researching this problem, I talked to many female friends and I was shocked at how often “abuse of authority” really occurs.  Almost all of the women that I talked to have had some form of an abuse of authority incident, ranging from attempted coercion to actual rape.  Unfortunately, most of them have not reported it out of fear of retaliation.  I never realized that police abuse of authority was so prevalent.

During the generation of the #METOO movement and the sadistic serial killer and rapist police officer, dubbed the the "Golden State Killer," where can women turn when in trouble, if humanity’s most trusted profession becomes the predator.

I hope this book raises awareness of this danger.  Actual cases are quoted before each chapter, with a short summary and the adapted details of each case woven into a dramatized story, with the victim’s surnames changed.  Most of the police rape and murder incidents portrayed in Badge of Betrayal are true and really happened.  Some have been modified and enhanced to fit the narrative of the plot.  Many of these cases have also been featured on Forensic Files, Dateline, Law and Order, 20/20, Snapped, ID and many other reality crime, shows.  The factual legal cases are documented in the Bibliography.

All women need to be aware of the possibility of abuse of authority, when complying with law enforcement officers or the possibility of deceptive uniformed men posing as police officers.  The recommended procedure is to continue to a lighted facility or dial 911.

Fact-Based Fiction Police Rape and Murder Thriller, Woven into a Dramatized Cliffhanger

In this timely, police thriller, inspired by real events, a senior lead female police detective must stop a pair of serial rapists and killers in Miami, Florida, unearthing a scandal that ricochets from the police force to her own abusive family, and all the way to Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee, Florida.

Golden State Killer

LAPD Police Officer Joseph D’AngeloRapes and Murders in California:

The California, “Golden State Killer,” a serial rapist and murderer, identified as Police Officer, Joseph D’Angelo, was finally apprehended and charged with more than 50 rapes and 13 killings, during a 12-year reign of terror. Ironically, for many years he was assigned to investigate his own crimes!  One of the reasons they took so long to be solved.



PREVIEW - Non-fiction Internet history and founding of Yahoo during the Dot-Com revolution.

It was a crazy time!  Insane really!  The “dot-com” revolution, like the industrial revolution and countless other revolutions before them, promised to change planet earth forever!  And it did!  The Internet spawned a whole new world - a parallel dimension - that connected the universe through computers.

Entrepreneurs flocked by the thousands to jump on this innovative technology and capitalize on it as quickly as possible!  Many millionaires and even a few billionaires were created, as the flurry to be the first to find an angle that worked and nab a unique dot.com URL, accelerated.  Existing companies just added an “e” prefix or a dot-com to the end of their name.  Even a few forward-thinking entrepreneurs just grabbed URL’s like GM, Delta, Exxon, etc., to reserve the name for eventual sale to these mega companies and make huge profits.

It all worked great … for a while.  The dot-coms flourished!  The dot-com entrepreneurs flourished!  The venture capitalists flourished!  Wall Street flourished!  In fact, the entire world flourished! Entrepreneurs would sell a dot.com idea to venture capitalists, who would invest millions and make huge profits by taking the company public and cash out through an IPO.  The IPO’s experienced meteoric rises in their stock prices, thus creating a stampede of more dot-com IPOs.  It was a self-propagating, virtuous circle!  Dot-com IPO’s were proliferating!  Hundreds of new dot-com companies were trading publicly on the stock market.

Then, it got even crazier, if that’s even possible.  As the dot-com companies announced their earnings results, the more money they lost, the more their stocks would go up in price.  In a twisted sense, Wall Street logic figured that if a dot-com company had massive, sustained losses, it was because they were investing in themselves, to build mind and market share and make the technology better, which would ultimately make the company worth more.  The theory was that if the company could build enough brand awareness quickly and “get big fast,” they would recoup their losses later.  So, the more money they lost, the higher the stock price would go!  It was weird to see the earnings reports showing massive losses and then the stock skyrocketing.  It was chaotic.  Something was wrong!

Then … another problem needed to be solved: How do you find the required dot-com company amid this plethora of dot-coms on the World Wide Web?  In January of 1994, Jerry Yang and David Filo at Stanford University thought that they had the answer: “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web” was a directory of other websites.  In March 1994, it became “Yahoo!”

THE CAREGIVER - under development


PREVIEW - Non-fiction about hospital elderly healthcare problems based on real-life experiences.

I hope that the most important thing you learn from reading this book is to question everything doctors tell you!  Most people hold doctors in high esteem and put them on a pedestal, but believe me … they don’t know everything.  They are human beings and they make a lot of mistakes!  A lot of deadly mistakes!

God only knows how many elderly people could have lived longer and enjoyed their grandchildren and families longer, except doctors in all their wisdom (or lack thereof), decreed that they were terminally ill, and they were going to die, so the family should just let them die “comfortably” (which is code for administering morphine until they are dead). I was told that over and over again for the last seven-years of my Mom’s life.  Basically, because she was old!

The fact is that there are so many medical specialists running around at a hospital, for a moment here and a moment there, breezing in and out of a patient’s very sick condition, that no one really knows the whole story.  That is why a Patient Advocate is so important.  I made it my business to know more about what was going on with my Mom’s health than any of the so-called “Healthcare Professionals.  Many times researching the Internet to understand more about my Mom’s condition and alternative treatments, and questioning procedures or suggesting interventions that the doctors hadn’t considered. After all, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and I know in my heart, that I saved my mother’s life many times, because I was her Caregiver and I became her Patient Advocate, and I asked a lot of questions.  You have to stay vigilant at all times.

I was very vocal about my opinions; I did not put doctors on a pedestal.  Once, I actually got thrown out of the hospital because I was so adamant about an operation the doctors wouldn’t perform because “it might kill her.”  I said, “but she’s going to die anyway if you don’t do the operation!”  The doctors called security!  I was thrown out of the hospital!

Unfortunately, the couple of times I relaxed or backed-off of asking questions or staying totally involved, probably cost my Mom her life!  There are many things that I would’ve, should’ve, or could’ve done differently if I knew then, what I know now.

You need to identify a Patient Advocate who will watch your back.  Especially now with socialized medicine looming!  With the Baby boomer generation and all of us aging, we need to understand one of the basic requirements elderly people need to survive a critical care hospital stay.  You need a Patient Advocate.  That is why I wrote this book.  To help you!

CRUISIN' CUISINE: EAT, DRINK, CRUISE - under development


PREVIEW - Global travelogue and recipe Cookbook.

Food, Wine, Romance and Adventure.

This dream come true story is a romantic adventure based on a couple who had built a business and then had the chance to enjoy the fruits of their hard work by traveling to different locations around the world on their dreamboat.

Our first task was to find a yacht large enough for us and our friends and family.  We traveled to the London Boat Show, since our initial plan was to cruise the Mediterranean Sea - French Riviera and because the electrical power and rules of the sea are very different then America, we wanted a European yacht.

We found the yacht of a dreams: a 75-foot Sunseeker Manhattan with 4 staterooms, 3 heads, a fully equipped galley, of course, a bar and complete crew cabin.  Then, we needed to name her and since she was a Sunseeker and Sensational, we named her "Sunsation."  After that, we needed a Captain who could navigate European waters and spoke French, since we didn’t, because the French treat people who speak French much better than those who don’t. So we hired a young British Captain who was married to a French woman and spoke French.  Voila!

Since the yacht could accommodate up to 8 people, we invited different friends and family members to join us at different locations such as: Monaco, France, Italy, Spain, Malta and eventually Nantucket, Florida, New York City, Bahamas, etcetera, to enjoy the experience with us.  We suddenly had lots and lots of friends.  We began our adventure at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in Monaco on the French Riviera, with 3 other couples who flew into Nice, France to join us.  We all watched the Formula One race around the winding roads and sharp turns and enjoyed local events, fine wine and restaurants in Monti Carlo, including one owned by world renowned Chef Alain Ducasse.  It was particularly exciting because one of the race car drivers, Eddie Irving, owned the yacht docked right next to us and there were wild parties and beautiful women every night on his yacht.  Although my girlfriend wasn’t thrilled with the situation, we partied with them anyway.  They had a Chef crew member onboard, so we sampled some fabulous food and drink.  The principality of Monaco is divided into 3 cities: Vieux Ville, Monte Carlo and Fontvielle and we sampled cuisine and created recipes from all 3.  Occasionally, we ventured to Ville Franche or Cap Ferrat, France on Sunsation for lunch or dinner, where we would anchor the yacht and the restaurant onshore would send a water taxi to pick us up and ferry us to the restaurant and then back to the yacht afterwards.

Now, come to find out, my Captain and my girlfriend were both “Foodies” and, of course, I loved good food too, so it was a match made in heaven.  I actually think my Captain would rather cook then captain. Anyway, this was where it got to be more fun.  Every time we pulled into a port, which we timed around dinnertime, my Captain and my girlfriend would excitedly jump off the boat and find the local market to figure the meal and drink plan for dinner, while I stayed on the yacht and had a cocktail. They would research local cuisine, pick out the freshest vegetables, best wine and they even learned how to select the freshest fish.  It seems you have to press their eyes.  Who knew?  Anyway, they enjoyed cooking together and preparing the meal and it was always superb!

Then, one day I had the idea to create a combination cookbook and travelog, where we could describe our adventures at each port and document the great recipes and fine wine from each locale.  We called the travelog/cookbook: Cruisin’ Cuisine: Eat, Drink, Cruise.

Tamiami Trail of Tears! - Under development


PREVIEW - The Trail of Tears was the name given to the forced relocation of Native American Indians

The Tamiami Trail was gradually and painfully hacked out of the Everglades swamps connecting Tampa and Miami in Southwest Florida over countless centuries by animals, alligators, Indians and eventually the white man.  Unfortunately, from the time the white man first discovered the trail, it has been the scene of countless violent, murderous and tragically historical events over the past 300 years, from Pirates to Indian Wars to Serial Killers to Drug Smugglers to Human Trafficking and beyond.

Although the two major cities at either end of the trail prospered, the swampland in between was primarily home to the Seminole Indians for thousands of years.  The white men, who believed they were civilizing Florida through the Everglades and named the Tamiami Trail, opened a deadly corridor to a much larger tragedy in a treacherous wilderness.

Tamiami Trail of Tears is the story of Southwest Florida as remembered, researched and recorded by those who lived it, and those who loved it.  From the legend of the bloodthirsty Pirate Gasparilla in the 1700’s, to the Seminole Indian Wars in the 1800’s, to the lucrative drug trade of 1900’s, including the brutality of early arduous life, the building of the historic trail, mosquitoes, muck and misery, to living existence on the Tamiami Trial.  A frightening, bloody history amazed, astounded and awestruck by the efforts of many, the transgressions of some and the unlikely success of a civilization carved out of the swampy wilderness.

The book is entitled the “Tamiami Trail of Tears” because of all the tragic events that have occurred on this “trail” demonstrating the white man’s inhumanity and incivility over and over again, because the settlers of the United States Revolution pressured the Federal government to remove Native American Indians from Florida through the Indian Removal Act of 1830.  The Act directed the US Army to force the unwavering Seminole Indians to leave their ancient homelands along the Tamiami Trail and move west of the Mississippi River to the Arkansas Territory, making Florida safe for the “civilized” white man.

The “Trail of Tears” was the name given by Native American Indians to the ethnic cleansing and forced relocation from their homeland.  Thousands of Indians suffered from exposure, disease and starvation while en route to their destinations and died, thus it also has been called the "Trail of Tears and Deaths!”  The clash that inevitably resulted in Southwest Florida was called: The Seminole Indian Wars and took place mostly along the rough, uninhabitable and wild terrain in the Everglades surrounding the Tamiami Trail.

The “Trail of Tears and Deaths,” more accurately depicts the years before, during and after the construction of the legendary Tamiami Trail. The dichotomy of life, salvation, and civilization represents the Tears and Deaths, the Tamiami Trail has unintentionally produced:  a newly recruited young white soldier fighting the Seminole Indian Wars in a foreign hostile swamp in the Everglades, against a vulnerable young Indian warrior protecting his land and family with his bow and arrows verses incalculable rifles and bullets; a black field worker murdered by his employer to evade payday; an enterprising young drug runner in an illegal trade shot to death by the Mob because he got a little too greedy.

The “Tamiami Trail of Tears” contrasts the “civilized” white man as much less civilized then the Seminole Indians through a series of true stories about the many brutal and uncivilized events that took place along the Tamiami Trail before, during and after its inception.  The Seminole Indians lived a much more peaceful and civilized existence until the white man disrupted their civilization in the 1800’s.  Ironically, the white man proved to be more uncivilized than the Indians; based on a history of brutality comprised of murderous Pirates, serial killings, outlaw shootouts and gangland massacres.


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