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"I said, 'You shouldn't have done that,'" Wells says. (Repeated attempts by the Pitch to locate Ambrozi and Rebecca were unsuccessful.)
Wells later found a copy of the letter in Corbin's room.
I AM WRITING THIS NOT TO HURT YOU, NOT THAT I GIVE A FUCK ABOUT YOU, BECAUSE I DON'T. BUT TO HURT [REBECCA]. I DON'T KNOW IF SHE TOLD YOU WE WERE TOGETHER ON FRIDAY THE WEEKEND OF HER BIRTHDAY.
Corbin explained how he had checked in early and set up the camera. He seemed pretty impressed with himself.
THIS I THINK WAS THE WISEST THING I THINK I HAVE DONE IN A WHILE ... I AM GOING TO SEND YOU 1 OF 5 PICTURES I HAVE OF ME AND YOUR GIRL. I'LL BE SENDING YOU 1 EVERY MONTH FOR THE NEXT 5 MONTHS. I LIKE TO STRETCH THINGS OUT.
He then promised to send copies of the video to Ambrozi's parents, his friends and maybe to every construction worker, roofer, plumber and electrician in St. Joseph, telling Ambrozi, "Everyone will be talking about this for a long time."
He also assured Ambrozi that it was nothing personal.
FRITZ I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST YOU. TO BE HONEST THERE IS A COUPLE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT YOU. YOU ARE A PRETTY BIG GUY AND FROM WHAT I HEAR YOU ARE LIKE THIS BIG BAD ASS OR SOMETHING. AND THE SECOND THING IS THAT YOU OBVIOUSLY GET PUSSY AND I LIKE THAT. I LOVE PUSSY. IN FACT I LIVE FOR PUSSY. ... YOU DON'T DRESS VERY WELL, THE 4 TIMES I HAVE SEEN YOU, YOU LOOK LIKE -- I AM NOT EVEN GOING TO GO THERE. [REBECCA] DOES NOT HAVE A HEART OR FEELINGS BUT I BET YOU THIS WILL HURT IN EVERY SINGLE WAY POSSIBLE.
He signed it "Your friend for the next few months ......... Phil."
The note is as chilling for its intent as it is comic in its immature language. If Corbin did think of himself as a gangster in the mold of his grandfather and great- uncle, he seemed to have an exaggerated sense of himself, perhaps culled from television and movie versions of the Italian mob. On the other hand, the sheer cruelty of the stunt and the coolness with which Corbin announces that he's going to ruin Ambrozi's life are palpable.
While Corbin was trying to fuck with Ambrozi, Rick W. Young of the FBI filed the first criminal complaint on June 29, 2001, that ultimately would lead to 15 people being convicted in connection with the cocaine and Ecstasy distribution ring. The names included Caesar and Vincent Vaca and several other friends of Corbin's, including Moretina. Subsequent additions to the case included Craig Glazer, the Stanford and Sons entertainment director, who had no connection to Corbin. Eventually, 15 defendants pleaded guilty to various charges. Glazer pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine but claimed only to have bought, not sold, drugs and was sentenced to probation. Others were given prison time.
But one name was notably absent from the slate of defendants. Corbin wasn't indicted.
Corbin's absence implied to some that he was cooperating with the feds. The day after the initial arrests, the phone at P&G Liquor began to ring with collect calls from jail.
"[His friends] were calling all the time trying to get ahold of Phil," Vince says. "Phil knew a lot of people. He knew a lot of things. If word got out that he was snitching, they are not going to take a chance."