The Bungalow Burglar Tells Us "How To Become A Millionaire Without Having A Dollar."

by Rachelle Hruska · September 19, 2008

giovanniThe Observer's Spencer Morgan made a trip up to the Greene Correctional Facility in Coxsackie, NY to interview Giovanni Luciano, the "Bungalow Thief".

Growing up in Milan, Giovanni was a spoiled rich kid. He moved to NYC and was a nobody....until one day he decided he would like to be a "somebody" here. So, he convinced a group outside of hotspot "Butter" that he was an heir to the Dolce & Gabanna clothing empire and the rest was history.  In the interview, which is a sad look into what the NYC nightlife "bug" can do to some, Giovanni shares his experiences from inside his prison walls, on missing Cipriani's and why Etch-a-Sketches are more than just toys.  My favorite lines are below:

“If you have a lot of it,” (cocaine) he said, “people will believe anything you say.”

“I’m in here with a bunch of animals. I’m used to nice dinners at Cipriani. Now I sit in my bed and I cry ’cause I miss that. That I can’t go to a nice restaurant, and talk to nice people like you.”

“So I’m there doing bumps in the bathroom,” he said, a bit gleefully, “meeting so many CEOs and buying people drinks. Or I would be out all night and then at noon go to Nello all coked out and get a bottle of Champagne while all these quote-unquote power lunches are going on.”

“Let me tell you, Spencer, how to become millionaire without having a dollar,” he continued, drawing is face into another toothy smile. He paused.

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