Tommy is supposed to get made, but instead is killed for murdering Billy Batts. Henry gets arrested on narcotics charges. In a panic, Karen flushes the last of Henry's supply down the toilet, which he was counting on after she bails him out of jail. Left with nothing, Henry asks Paulie for money; he gives him $3,200 and is forced to turn his back on Henry. Jimmy asks Henry to do a hit in Florida, but Henry is worried that he won't return from the job. He joins the Witness Protection Program and gets Jimmy and Paulie convicted and put into prison. After that, Henry comments on finding it hard leaving the gangster life and living the rest of it like a 'schnook'. The end credits reveal that Henry was arrested again on drug charges in 1987, but has been clean thereafter, Karen left him after 25 years of marriage in 1989, Paulie died in prison in 1988 at the age of 73, and that Jimmy is not eligible for parole until 2004 when he would be 78 years old.
Trivia: In the book Wiseguy, it is stated that even in the gangster world, discipline and order had to maintained. No one could kill anyone they wanted whenever they pleased. Dead bodies were not allowed to be haphazardly left in the streets for all to see. People who had grudges against certain individuals had to sit down with mob chiefs to get their okay to have them 'whacked'. Since Tommy killed Billy Batts and several others without permission, he sealed his own fate. There are similar cases mentioned in the book regarding loose cannons, deadbeats, and snitches and their ultimate demise. Henry put it so in the case of Stacks Edwards: "It was Jimmy who gave the order, but it was Paulie who gave Jimmy the look."Allister Cooper, 2011
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