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Murderous Philadelphia Mob boss dies in prison

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The Mob Museum
Jeff Burbank
Jan 20 2017

Scarfo testifies at a Congressional subcommittee in Philadelphia, 1982.

When a federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced him to 55 years in prison on murder and racketeering charges in May 1989, Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo just shrugged. Just two weeks earlier, Scarfo, one-time boss of the Philadelphia-South Jersey Mafia, had been sentenced with seven others to life in prison for the 1985 slaying of bookmaker Frank “Frankie Flowers” D’Alfonso.

To go with that, he was also serving a 14-year stretch he got in 1988 for extorting a developer to pay a $1 million bribe to a Philadelphia city councilman, who was to give a share of it to Scarfo.

Scarfo’s life sentence in prison ended Saturday when he died, reportedly of cancer, at the Federal Medical Center in North Carolina. He was 87.

While Scarfo lost most of ’em in court, he did win a few. In May 1988, he was found innocent with eight other defendants in the 1984 murder of Salvatore Testa, the son of Scarfo’s former boss, Philip “Chicken Man” Tesla.







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