October 13, 2019 – The wedding of the year in the Philadelphia mob went down over the weekend, as reputed Bruno-Scarfo crime family captain Domenic (Baby Dom) Grande got hitched. Grande, 40, is the youngest capo in the Philly mafia and someone people consider future boss material. He said “I do” to his beautiful bride Gina at a mid-afternoon ceremony Saturday followed by a lavish party that evening. Most of the crime family’s top leaders were in attendance at Grande’s nuptials. Philly mob don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino phoned in his congratulations from Florida in the minutes before Grande walked down the aisle. Merlino, 57, was just released from a short federal prison stay for gambling and is in a Miami halfway house unable to leave the state because of parole restrictions. Grande rose fast in the South Philly underworld, getting his button and getting a bump-up to capo while only in his 30s. The gangland pedigree is undeniable: His father is former mob hit man Salvatore (Wayne) Grande, his grandfather, deceased mafia lieutenant John (Coo Coo) Grande and his uncle is Joe Grande, currently an old-school soldier in the crime family operating in New Jersey. Wayne Grande, nicknamed after John Wayne for his cowboy antics on the street, is in the Witness Protection Program Skinny Joey Merlino’s underboss and best friend, Steven (Handsome Stevie) Mazzone, is Baby Dom’s uncle-by-marriage. Mazzone and Merlino’s protégé and one-time driver Anthony Nicodemo mentored Grande in the mafia.
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