Category: Philadelphia

Feds Pound “Pal Joey” With Additional Charges, NY Wiseguy Getting Punished For Friendship With Philly Boss

January 10, 2020 — The feds are coming after reputed low-level New York mob figure Pete Tuccio with a vengeance. Could the reason be his cozy relationship with Philadelphia mafia don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, Public Enemy No. 1 for east coast mob busters since the 1990s? Conventional wisdom would say yes. Tuccio saw even
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Hoffa Hoped Philly Mob Don Angelo Bruno Could Save His Dying Bid For Teamsters Presidency

December 3, 2019 — Labor union titan Jimmy Hoffa reached out to Philadelphia mafia boss Angelo Bruno in the months before he was kidnapped and killed in his hometown of Detroit looking for backing from Bruno in his fight to take back the Teamsters, according to FBI debriefing documents known as “302s.” In essence, the
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Trick Or Treat Philly Mob Style: Aspiring Don “Skinny Joey” Made Presence Felt In ’89 Halloween Hit Attempt

October 31, 2019 — The Skinny Joey Era of the Philadelphia mafia began with a gun blast 30 years ago this week, when, according to FBI informants, Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, pumped 8 shots from a MAC-10 machine pistol into friend-turned-rival Nicky Scarfo, Jr. as he ate spaghetti and clams at old-school South Philly dining-staple
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Philly Mob’s Sicilian Phase Was Quite A Mess: The John Stanfa Era Hit List (1990-1994)

Sicilian-born Mafioso John Stanfa came to the United States in the 1970s and was placed by New York’s Gambino crime family in the Philadelphia mob under don Angelo Bruno. Stanfa was acting as Bruno’s driver on the night he was assassinated in March 1980. The Gambinos installed Stanfa as boss of the Bruno-Scarfo crime family
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