Category: Philadelphia

Jailhouse Lawyer’s Conference Didn’t Go As Planned In Philly Mob Saga, Tommy Horsehead Wasn’t Swayed

May 21, 2020 — In the weeks before a federal murder and racketeering indictment dropped in the City of Brotherly Love back in 2000, prominent criminal defense attorney Joe Santaguida arrived at the Bucks County Prison with a message for Philadelphia mobster Gaetano (Tommy Horsehead) Scafidi: his childhood pals weren’t planning to kill him when
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Longtime Philly Mafia Mouthpiece Joe Santaguida Dies, Repped String Of Crime Family Chieftains

May 15, 2020 — Philadelphia mob lawyer Joe Santaguida passed away this week at 81 from Parkinson’s disease. Santaguida was an esteemed member of the Philly and North Jersey legal community and represented Bruno-Scarfo crime family leaders Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, Joseph (Uncle Joe) Ligambi and Joseph (Joe Mousie) Massimino, among others. Local mob expert
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Uncle Joe Has Nine Lives: Philly Mob Leader Dodged Bullet In ’83 Murder Case, Set Tone For Career

May 13, 2020 — Philadelphia mafia elder statesman Joseph (Uncle Joe) Ligambi was indicted for disposing the dead body of a Gambino soldier in 1985, but had the case dropped before trial. The 80-year old Ligambi, who reportedly retired from his acting boss post last August and may be serving in some consigliere-type capacity these
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No Brotherly Love: Philly Mob Don Murdered By His Own Consigliere 40 Years Ago

March 18, 2020 – Philadelphia mafia boss Angelo Bruno was assassinated 40 years ago this week, sending his crime family reeling into a decade-and-half of intermittent violence that destabilized a once cohesive organization and led to a series of rocky tenures for his successors. Nicknamed the Docile Don for his low-key, level-headed demeanor, Bruno, 69,
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