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|Fausto Dominick Geraci, Jr.|
Geraci was born in Cleveland, Ohio in a family which emigrated from the town of Milazzo, Sicily. His father, Fausto Geraci, was a driver for Don Vincent Forlenza of Cleveland. Forlenza also served as his godfather and became his trusted friend. His mother died soon after he became a made man.
Geraci became a boxer in his teens, eventually becoming a ranked heavyweight under the moniker Ace Geraci. He was introduced to Salvatore Tessio through his contacts in Cleveland and became part of his regime. He participated in fixed fights for Tessio's sports fixing ring and worked as an enforcer, while he rose through the ranks. He also accompanied Paulie Gatto to beat the hoodlums who injured Amerigo Bonasera's daughter Maria. He beat Kevin Moonan and Jerry Wagner within an inch of their lives as Paulie watched. He later married Charlotte and they had two daughters, Bev and Barb.
After Tessio's treachery against the Corleone family was discovered, Geraci was ordered to kill him to prove his loyalty at Two Toms in Brooklyn, which led him to partially resent Michael Corleone, who ordered him to shoot his mentor in the face.
Geraci's true position was made clear, when he flew a plane carrying Frank Falcone and Anthony Molinari, the Dons of Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively. The plane crashed into a lake, killing the Dons, but leaving Geraci alive.
Following his recuperation in hospital, Geraci learned that the plane was sabotaged by Michael Corleone. Geraci was to be used as a pawn in an elaborate plan that would weaken the Chicago and Cleveland Cosas. Geraci swore revenge against Michael Corleone, staying quiet until he could hatch a plan to defeat his nemesis.
Around this time, Hyman Roth was looking to eliminate Michael from the scene to avenge the death of Moe Greene. When Roth found out Geraci was out for revenge, he arranged a meeting between Geraci and Cleveland Don Vincent Forlenza. The two figured that Michael's brother Fredo, long thought to be weak-willed, could easily be manipulated into helping them. They dispatched Johnny Ola, Roth's right-hand man, to meet with Fredo and get him to supply valuable information about the Corleones--not telling Fredo that they were actually setting up a hit.
Despite this, Geraci kept up the front of a loyal Corleone. He was placed in charge of the intended assassination of Fidel Castro which ultimately failed. Realizing that Michael Corleone still wanted him killed, Geraci went into hiding in Sicily.
Over the next few years, Geraci eluded Michael Corleone by constantly changing hideouts, orchestrating a smear campaign against Michael Corleone and Tom Hagen. He killed Hagen himself in Florida, and attempted to use a Commission vote to force Michael into retirement, leaving the Corleone family operations in his hands. His plan failed, however, as he was betrayed by his 'co-conspirators' Anthony Stracci and Frank Greco. He was then ambushed and killed by Eddie Paradise, Michael Corleone's new caporegime. The book he wrote, Fausto's Bargain, (detailing his criminal life and life on the run) was later published and became a best seller, spawning several hit movies.
Personality and traitsEdit
Confident and self assured yet generally good with people, Geraci seemed to have the perfect demeanour to be a made man, though he had some weaknesses such as a sense of mercy, one that petered out after his betrayal. He was also somewhat arrogant, thinking he could conquer enemies far greater than himself, such as Michael Corleone, without fear.
Behind the scenesEdit
The conclusion of Nick Geraci's story is a clear moment of self-reference in The Godfather. His manuscript is rewritten by struggling author Sergio Lupo (a clear allegory of Mario Puzo) and sells 20 million copies, spawning three films. In a humorous note, only the first two are considered classics. There are also comparisons with his time in exile to Osama bin Laden, as authorities search for "a tall, imposing, bearded man with a chronic, withering disease—and somehow failed to find the cave where he was hiding".
Geraci seems physically based on Winegardner himself, which has drawn some criticism from outside sources.