Chapter Thirteen: Martie the mobster's wife
wrote of his "autobiography":
A full chapter
should be devoted to the saga of my marriage in the 1960's to Martie Sacco, ex-wife
of Crazy Marco Sacco, an infamous Mafia "Godfather"
Marco Sacco was a fascinating psychopath who read Shakespeare, Camus, loved poetry and art, and murder with ease. When little Harmony went to school in London and he learned it was the same school Sean Connery and other English "stars" sent their kids, he started giving up thoughts of revenge against me. Martie sent him photos of Harmony in a riding habit sitting on a horse and, finally, after Harmony visited him that Christmas speaking with a cultured English accent, he sent her with another message for me. "Tell Ted when I get out next year I'll finance all his plays, all his films. I'm grateful the way he's being a papa to you."
By the time Crazy Marco was paroled that following year, Martie and I had separated after a horrendous marriage. She and Marco re-married. He started beating her. She ran away, taking Harmony with her and got a second divorce. He re-married and was shot down, machine-gunned gangster style, on his birthday, so he never got to finance my plays.
Reichians, a whole chapter could be devoted to Ted's Reichians analysis, but perhaps I'll just allude to his claiming that coitous was part of his first session with G B, in London. But that was after Martie and Rothenberg (1)
Ted public. Just this
one snippet from Ted's notes (longhand, undated):
"Dear Martie, I start my letter with the thought that I will not type it
with a carbon and have a copy - so already it begins as a half, a part, not a
whole of me.
tortured and tortuous courtship; Ted and Martie stumbled backwards and forwards
towards marriage. Ted got an invitation to visit Mexico. He took the occasion
to push through his divorce from Kate. But Ted couldn't decide whether he should
leave Martie for the week, and he could not decide if he should marry her. He
asked Rothenberg, their Reichian analyst, should he marry Martie? should he go
to Mexico? Rothenberg told him that he could not talk about another patient, but
he could talk about Ted, and yes, he thought that Ted should take the trip to
Mexico. But Ted insisted,"Why don't you talk to me about Martie? Do you think
I should marry her?"
in the summer of sixty seven Ted and Martie married. Why he married Martie isn't
quite clear to me, despite Ted's copious notes, unless indeed, as Ted joked, it
was from fear of Crazy Marco Sacco. I think most likely it was a desperate way
to end the ambivalence, a very uncomfortable hook on which he was stuck. So he
jumped into the fire to settle the indecision.
After six months of marriage, couped up together in the Putney flat, Ted and Martie separated. Martie was bitter. She said she would never divorce him. "Sweat, Sweetie", she said. But then Marco Sacco got paroled and they, Marco and Martie, were getting together again. His living with a married woman would have been a breach of his parole. Martie needed a divorce in a hurry, and Ted, at last, was only too pleased to be free.
Chapter fourteen is pending