Category: Philadelphia

The Skinny Joey Tapes: Philly Mob Chief Making Old Impressions New Once Again, Per Recent Response Motion

This week’s 67-page response motion filed by the U.S. Attorneys Office in New York gave us our first tiny glimpse at the hundreds of hours of audio surveillance evidence the government has compiled on alleged Philadelphia mob don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino over the last five years. Besides his now already-famous opining on the ease of murdering those close to him, released in a brief
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Analyzing Skinny Joey Merlino’s Statement On Murder: Lone Philly Mob Rubout To Match Boss’ Boast Is Spring ’96 Clipping

The only murder reputed Philadelphia mafia boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino is suspected of carrying out that possibly matches the method he was recorded bragging of favoring on an FBI wire three years ago is the 1996 Michael (Dutchie) Avicolli hit. Merlino, 55, was taped telling mobsters in New York’s Genovese crime family in 2014 “It’s easy to kill
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Not Your Average Joe: South Philly Mourns Passing Of Popular Wiseguy, Mob Boss’ Buddy, Joey Bongiovanni

Well-liked Philadelphia mafia figure Joseph (Joey Bongs) Bongiovanni died of cancer this week. He did a federal prison stint in the 1980s for gambling and racketeering. A longtime presence in the area underworld, the 70-year old Bongiovanni maintained close ties to Philly mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino and consigliere Joseph (Chickie) Ciancaglini. As a
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Boys Of Summer: Philly Mobsters Cutting Loose On The Softball Diamond Again

Sporting a literal murderers’ row of hitters, the Philadelphia mafia’s softball team is back in action on the local South Philly rec diamond. A photograph of the squad in uniform recently surfaced on-line, many of them wearing white-colored jerseys with 9th & Christian printed across the chests in reference to the crime family’s new clubhouse
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