April 11, 1987 |
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...
April 9, 1987 |
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.
February 3, 1986 |
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.
February 9, 1988 |
Assistant District Attorney Barbara L. Christie yesterday called the slaying of Salvatore Testa "an organized-crime killing" and said of several of Testa's friends who have been charged with the shooting: "If these were Salvatore Testa's closest friends, the man didn't need enemies. " With those comments Christie signaled the hard line the prosecution evidently intends to take in the murder trial of reputed mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo and eight associates who have been charged with the slaying of Testa on Sept.
May 14, 1987 |
Salvatore Testa, a top member in Nicodemo Scarfo's crime family, was shot to death on Scarfo's order because of an "affair of honor" concerning another mobster's daughter and because he was getting "too big for his britches," admitted mob soldier Nicholas Caramandi testified yesterday. The testimony came during a preliminary hearing on murder, conspiracy and weapons charges against Scarfo and eight other reputed mob associates accused of the death of Testa in September 1984. After a meeting of high-level mob members in late spring 1984, Caramandi said, he was told that the group "buried Salvie last night.
December 21, 2004 |
Rocco Marinucci, the son of a mobster shot and killed 22 years ago during the city's widespread mob wars, was wounded early yesterday in a South Philadelphia hotel during a suspected drug deal that went awry, police said. Marinucci, 29, suffered multiple gunshot wounds, said Capt. Joseph O'Brien, commander of the South Detective Division. He was reported in critical but stable condition later in the day at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Police were called to the Holiday Inn Stadium at 10th Street and Packer Avenue about 2:40 a.m. They found Marinucci badly wounded.
May 10, 1989 |
Convicted mob captain Francis "Faffy" Iannarella Jr. was sentenced yesterday to 45 years in prison - the longest term imposed so far in the successive sentencings of mobsters convicted of racketeering and conspiracy. In ordering the maximum sentence, U.S. District Judge Franklin S. Van Antwerpen dealt an additional blow: He directed that the federal sentence be served after the life sentence Iannarella is serving for the 1985 murder of mob associate Frank "Frankie Flowers" D'Alfonso.
January 9, 1987 |
Federal prosecutors, in a court document disclosed today, now accuse Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo of having "participated" in four murders and having "ordered or sanctioned" several others. The murders are listed in a pretrial detention motion filed by Ronald Cole, a prosecutor with the U.S. Organized Crime Strike Force here. Prosecutors describe Scarfo as the head of the Philadelphia-Atlantic City branch of La Cosa Nostra in the motion. The motion asks that Scarfo be detained without bail until he is brought to trial on the charges in the indictment.
May 3, 1988 |
For the first time yesterday, the presence of a victim was felt in the courtroom where reputed mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo is being tried in the 1984 slaying of Salvatore Testa. "Sal was my brother," Maria Testa Muzio said softly, moments after taking the witness stand. She was demure in a black-and-white print dress, her narrow face solemn and reminiscent of her slain brother's. As she began to speak, the coughs and throat-clearing rumbles in the courtroom that had punctuated the testimony of earlier witnesses died away.
February 8, 1997 |
Mob informant Eugene "Gino" Milano offered a Common Pleas Court jury a graphic and brutal description yesterday of how he and another mob figure assaulted Frank "Frankie Flowers" D'Alfonso in 1981, but he said he had no direct involvement in D'Alfonso's murder four years later. Milano, 37, said he and the late Salvatore Testa beat D'Alfonso nearly to death and later joked about the assault.The dark-haired and burly former gangster said he used an 18-inch steel rod to beat D'Alfonso, then 51, on the head, face, back, "all over.