March 18, 2013 |
Convicted Philadelphia mob hit man John Veasey claims in a CBS News 60 Minutes report to be aired Sunday evening that he's a changed man, driving a church school bus and regularly attending worship services as a born-again Christian in a middle-class suburb. Yet the program observes Veasey, who has married and works as a successful salesman of luxury cars in an undisclosed location in the Midwest, is still exhibiting some of his former underworld bravado. He explains in the program how he instigated a barroom fight that resulted in his guilty plea for misdemeanor battery.
December 14, 2012 |
A 50-year-old man was gunned down on a South Philadelphia street Tuesday afternoon in what police characterized as a mob-related killing. At 2:55, police were called to the 2800 block of South Iseminger Street, where they found Gino DiPietro with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital at 3:21. Witnesses reported that a black Honda SUV fled the scene, police sources said. Police soon found a 2011 Honda Pilot several blocks away, in the 3200 block of South 17th Street.
April 27, 2012 |
SAY WHAT you want about the Philadelphia Mafia, but they have a helluva health-care plan. Mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, for example, had a gold-plated benefits package that came with his no-show position at Top Job Disposal, a South Philly trash company where he "performed no work or productive services," according to a superseding indictment unsealed Thursday. LigambiCare also extended to his relatives, federal prosecutors say. Because what's the point of leading an organized-crime family if you can't spread the wealth around?
February 14, 2012 |
Hit man-turned-government informant John Veasey, whose testimony helped bring down mob boss John Stanfa and a dozen of his top associates in the 1990s, says he's on the road to redemption. And he wants everyone to know it. "I never respected the Mafia or what it stood for," Veasey said in an interview with Philly.com last week. "My only regret was being dumb enough to join . . . I always said they either rat or kill each other. " Veasey has done both. But now, he says, he's a changed man. The outspoken and opinionated former South Philadelphia triggerman popped up on several local radio and television shows last week to talk about The Hit Man: A True Story of Murder, Redemption and the Melrose Diner , an e-book written by former Inquirer reporter Ralph Cipriano and Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser.
January 30, 2012 |
JOE STANFA doesn't want you to read this. He can't make you put down the newspaper or click on another website, but he's worried that continuing on could be bad for business, for his fresh start. "I don't want to scare people away," Stanfa said from behind the counter at Joey Giusepp's, his new pizzeria just off the Schuylkill Expressway, in Grays Ferry. Stanfa is perhaps the only proprietor in Philadelphia who doesn't want you to know about his pizza joint. He'd rather make you a hoagie than talk about the blood that was shed at the same address nearly 20 years ago, or the story behind the scar on his cheek.
December 13, 2011 |
Not for nothing was Tony Soprano a solid-waste management consultant. The writers of the HBO series made New Jersey's most famous, albeit fictitious, wiseguy a player in an industry that for decades has been targeted for exploitation by organized crime. In that respect, Soprano was a "garbage mobster," a term used by the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation in a report made public last week that warned of the mob's continued presence in the multimillion-dollar waste-disposal business.
May 23, 2011 |
Reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi was all about money, not murder, say law enforcement and underworld sources who have tracked the surprisingly long tenure of Philadelphia's low-key, circumspect Mafia don. On Monday, in a move that could signal the end of Ligambi's run, the alleged mob kingpin, 71, and a dozen other reputed members and associates of his organization were named in a 50-count indictment built around gambling and loan-sharking...
June 4, 2010 |
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.
February 17, 2010 |
Fred Aldrich, a mob associate who was targeted in one of the most notorious attempted gangland hits in Philadelphia history, died Monday, seconds before crashing his car into a Subway sandwich shop in Glenolden. Aldrich, 64, apparently suffered a massive heart attack while pulling into the parking lot off Chester Pike around 12:30 p.m., his son, Fred Jr., said yesterday. Eric Marrero, 28, manager of a neighboring furniture-leasing store, said he saw a gray Lincoln sedan crash into the front of the sandwich shop.
October 15, 2008 |
New Jersey authorities have decided to drop conspiracy, gambling and money-laundering charges against a South Philadelphia man indicted in the multimillion dollar, mob-linked bookmaking investigation at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City. Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the State Attorney General's Office, said yesterday that his office intends to drop all charges against Stephen Casasanto, one of 24 defendants indicted in the high-profile case. The decision came shortly after Casasanto's lawyer, Charles Peruto Jr., filed a million-dollar lawsuit against the Attorney General's Office, alleging that his client had been wrongly accused.