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April 11, 1987 | By Michael B. Coakley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Within hours of the discovery of Salvatore Testa's murdered corpse trussed up by the side of a lonely South Jersey road on the morning of Sept. 14, 1984, the theory was on the minds and lips of law enforcement authorities who study the mob: Nicky Scarfo did it. Even given the bloody factional war that had enveloped the Philadelphia mob since the execution of longtime boss Angelo Bruno in March 1980, law enforcement officers viewed the Sal...
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April 9, 1987 | By TOM COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer
Eight murders and one attempted killing are mentioned in today's New Jersey charges against Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and a group of his alleged associates in the Philadelphia-Atlantic City crime family. The victims in the killings: Edwin Helfant, 50, an Atlantic City lawyer and former part-time Municipal Court judge in Somers Point, N.J. He was shot down as he sat with his wife in the bar of the Flamingo Hotel in Atlantic City on Feb. 15, 1978. John Calabrese, 45, gunned down Oct. 6, 1981, as he walked along Christian Street near 9th in South Philadelphia.
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February 3, 1986 | By SCOTT FLANDER and JOE O'DOWD, Daily News Staff Writers
Victor DeLuca, a mob hit man who broke the "code of silence" and turned informant, is suffering from throat cancer and has had his voice box removed, sources have told the Daily News. For nearly two years, DeLuca has been providing investigators with details about the inner workings of the Philadelphia mob, and in 1984 his testimony helped convict Harry "The Hunchback" Riccobene of a contract killing. DeLuca, 47, underwent surgery in December at an undisclosed government hospital, sources said.
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September 10, 1995 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nicky Scarfo never had to pay for a meal in an Atlantic City restaurant. When the now-imprisoned mob boss stopped at a bar, the drinks were always on the house. Reservations? Forgetaboutit. Those were some of the "perks," say law enforcement and underworld sources, that the diminutive crime boss enjoyed as a result of his control of Local 54 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union in the early 1980s. About $20,000 a month in cash siphoned from the union's coffers was also part of the package, according to federal authorities who took control of the local in 1991 and have since declared it mob-free.
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June 4, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
PHILADELPHIA - Wanna live like an old-school Philly gangster? Take out a mortgage on 934 Snyder Ave. But try to avoid the fate of a prior owner, former mob boss Angelo Bruno, who was killed by a shotgun blast to his head in 1980 while sitting in a car parked out front. "Everytime I come out of this house, I see the very spot where he was killed," said Bruno's daughter, Jean, who lives in the three-bedroom end rowhouse in South Philadelphia. The Snyder Avenue house, the first home Angelo Bruno bought, has been in the family since the 1950s.
NEWS
July 13, 1997 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It has turned into a soap opera, but they've got the plot all wrong. The biggest Mafia prosecution in years, the racketeering trial of Vincent "The Chin" Gigante in Brooklyn, N.Y., revolves around allegations that the reputed boss of the Genovese crime family ordered a series of killings in 1980 to avenge the murder of then Philadelphia mob leader Angelo Bruno. Mob informant George Fresolone, watching the proceedings from afar, says that's not how it went down. And Fresolone, who was an associate of the Newark, N.J., mobster suspected of orchestrating the Bruno hit, was in a position to know.
NEWS
August 15, 1993 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The shadow of John Stanfa hung last week over the wake and funeral of South Philadelphia mob figure Michael Ciancaglini. The name of the reputed crime boss came up in almost every discussion of the Aug. 5 gangland ambush that left Ciancaglini, 30, dead and Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, 31, wounded. It also figured prominently in the incessant media reports about the outbreak of a new "mob war" in Philadelphia. Stanfa, 52, has been there before. And although he could not be reached for comment last week - "I'm sorry, he's not available," a woman answering the phone at his Grays Ferry food distribution warehouse said politely but curtly Friday - history shows he is nothing if not a survivor.
NEWS
January 30, 2012
SURE, BULLETS were flying in the barroom at Dante & Luigi's on Halloween night in 1989, when a masked man pulled a gun out of his trick-or-treat bag and starting pumping round after round into Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of the former Philadelphia mob boss. Before that, the Italian restaurant at 10th and Catharine streets was a hangout for Angelo Bruno, the mob boss who was killed outside his Snyder Avenue home in 1980 by a hitman with a shotgun. You'll still see a wiseguy having dinner there from time to time.
NEWS
July 4, 1995 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
With a mouth like the Geator's, who needs Little Nicky Scarfo's gun? New Jersey authorities said last week that Jerry Blavat once asked his mobster pal Scarfo to rub out DJ competitor Hy Lit. Yesterday Blavat sat face- to-face with Lit on Channel 6's AM/Philadelphia. He compared Lit to Wayne Newton. It was no confrontation between helpless victim and seedy characters in a dark alley, no rapid-patter DJ face-off on the radio. It was television, where everyone goes to air their difficulties these days, and where Lit and Blavat got more exposure at 10 a.m. than they get in a year of rockin' after dark disco parties.
NEWS
March 18, 1995 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
Nicholas "The Blade" Virgilio, longtime pal of jailed mob boss Nicholas "Little Nicky" Scarfo and the killer of an Atlantic City judge in 1978, died Wednesday of a heart attack. The 67-year-old South Philadelphia native was serving a 40-year sentence on federal racketeering charges for the murder of Judge Edwin J. Helfant and for two extortions. He died in the Federal Medical Center in Springfield, Mo., where he was sent for heart treatment on Feb. 18, 1994. Virgilio became a three-time killer, bookmaker and extortionist during his life of crime in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
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February 6, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SALVATORE J. Avena, a highly regarded South Jersey lawyer for 63 years, specializing in personal injury and criminal cases and as a counselor to police organizations, could not shake his identification in the press as a "mob lawyer. " "It's unfair," said Richard L. Friedman, his partner in a Camden law firm. "I'd say over the years no more than 3 percent of his practice involved mobsters. " But Avena's legal representation of leaders of the Philadelphia-South Jersey organized crime family and his own indictment in 1996 on racketeering and related charges branded him as the lawyer for the mob. And then there was the fact that Avena's father, John "Big Nose" Avena, was a mob boss murdered by rival gang members on Aug. 18, 1936, leading some to a like-father-like-son conclusion.
NEWS
May 29, 2013
HERE ARE FOUR of A. Charles Peruto Jr.'s big (mob) hits: 1983: Defending Joseph Pedulla, one of two men convicted of shooting mobster Salvatore Testa - and a prime suspect in the murder of Angelo Bruno - Peruto says, "It's obvious that federal authorities are looking into the Bruno murder, but it's just as obvious that Joe Pedulla would have nothing to do with killing Angelo Bruno. " 1984: Pedulla, a former enforcer for mobster Harry "The Hunchback" Riccobene, turns police informant and dismisses Peruto as his attorney in a mob-hit case, citing a conflict of interest because Peruto also represented Riccobene in a gun-possession case.
NEWS
January 30, 2012
SURE, BULLETS were flying in the barroom at Dante & Luigi's on Halloween night in 1989, when a masked man pulled a gun out of his trick-or-treat bag and starting pumping round after round into Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of the former Philadelphia mob boss. Before that, the Italian restaurant at 10th and Catharine streets was a hangout for Angelo Bruno, the mob boss who was killed outside his Snyder Avenue home in 1980 by a hitman with a shotgun. You'll still see a wiseguy having dinner there from time to time.
NEWS
December 26, 2010 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi celebrated the holidays in comfort this year, despite persistent rumors that he and members of his organization were about to be indicted on federal racketeering charges. Authorities say Ligambi, 71, remains the target of a probe, but they would not comment on what has held up the potential indictment. "It's not if, but when," said a frustrated law enforcement source familiar with the case, which has been in the works for at least three years.
NEWS
June 4, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
PHILADELPHIA - Wanna live like an old-school Philly gangster? Take out a mortgage on 934 Snyder Ave. But try to avoid the fate of a prior owner, former mob boss Angelo Bruno, who was killed by a shotgun blast to his head in 1980 while sitting in a car parked out front. "Everytime I come out of this house, I see the very spot where he was killed," said Bruno's daughter, Jean, who lives in the three-bedroom end rowhouse in South Philadelphia. The Snyder Avenue house, the first home Angelo Bruno bought, has been in the family since the 1950s.
NEWS
July 18, 2007 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Susan Bruno, the widow of slain Philadelphia mob boss Angelo Bruno, died Tuesday at home after a long illness. Mrs. Bruno, who was believed to be in her 90s, was living with her daughter-in-law, Zaira Bruno, in South Philadelphia at the time of her death. Radio personality Jerry Blavat, a longtime friend of the family, described Susan Bruno as a gentle, unassuming woman who loved to cook and who took great pride in her family. "She and my mother were great friends," Blavat said yesterday.
NEWS
July 12, 2007 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert F. Simone, 73, a quintessential Philadelphia criminal-defense lawyer whose client list was a cross between Guys and Dolls and Goodfellas, died Tuesday night at Hahnemann University Hospital after a long illness. Mr. Simone was a tenacious defender whose courtroom style was that of a counter-puncher. Quick on his feet and a master at cross-examination, he could often say more to a jury with a grimace, squint or shrug than another lawyer could convey in a two-hour summation.
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April 7, 2007 | By Murray Dubin FOR THE INQUIRER
The 47 bus moves slowly north on Ninth Street through the Italian Market, almost nudging the outdoor stands, avoiding people carrying shopping bags of peppers and pasta and coming oh-so-close to the trash cans filled with the refuse of the day. Philly Mob is not nearly as careful, careening into the legs of the organized-crime world of South Philadelphia, looking closely at the body, and then conducting a viewing so all can see what happened....
NEWS
July 19, 2002
Regrets, we've had a few . . . Welcome back to our weekly feature highlighting our less- than-brilliant moments. Today's Daily News Regret dates back to Jan. 9, 1970. Around that time, recent federal investigations had raised suspicions of prevalent Mafia activity in North Jersey. The Daily News Editorial Board, spectacular soothsayers that they were, assured readers that they were safe from the long arm of the Mob: The corruption in North Jersey stemming from the rackets has long been talked about.
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July 5, 2000 | by Kitty Caparella , Daily News Staff Writer
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated today for Michael A. Bruno, son of the late crime boss Angelo Bruno, at St. Monica's Catholic Church at 17th and Ritner streets. Michael Bruno, a lover of classical music who was devoted to his family, died Saturday. He was 67. The son of Angelo and Susan Bruno never became a "made" member of La Cosa Nostra, according to authorities. Born in Philadelphia in 1932, the young Bruno attended public schools and graduated from Southern High.
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