According to last week’s Mob Talk Sit Down posted on YouTube, the Philadelphia mafia’s recently-revealed pattern of using public functions for making ceremonies began at the wedding of the daughter of Philly mob associate and local music impresario Tyrone DeNittis. Mob Talk Sit Down is hosted by award-winning Philly crime reporters Dave Schratwieser and George Anastasia. Schratwieser and Anastasia broke the news of the alleged series of “pop up” inductions on last week’s episode.
Philadelphia mafia don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino is scheduled to be released from a short stay behind bars for a federal gambling conviction next week. His longtime reputed acting boss, Joseph (Uncle Joe) Ligambi, retired last month at his 80th birthday party. Merlino has been living in Florida for the past eight years running his mob clan in Pennsylvania through proxies.
Per FBI records, DeNittis was connected to Merlino, Ligambi and a number of their predecessors like Angelo Bruno, Phil (The Chicken Man) Testa and Nicodemo (Little Nicky) Scarfo. A FBI surveillance unit watched on as DeNittis lunched with Ligambi in 2002.
Merlino, 57, was in prison for the entire 2000s on a racketeering conviction. He grabbed control of the Bruno-Scarfo crime family in the mid 1990s and hasn’t let go since.
DeNittis managed the popular Jersey Shore singing group The Tyrones in the 1960s. He owned a South Philly talent agency that became a mob hangout in the 1970s and 1980s and the feds always suspected was being used, at least in part, as a front for mafia-backed bookmaking and loan shanking operation. Investigators believed DeNittis was Little Nicky Scarfo’s point man in the Philly and New Jersey jukebox racket.
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