May 6, 2020 – Philadelphia mob soldier Charles (Charlie White) Iannece died of natural causes this week at 85, having lived his final years on the street quietly in semi-retirement.
Iannace was a bookie and a shooter during the “Wild West” days of the Nicodemo (Little Nicky) Scarfo mob in the 1980s. He served 24 years in prison and was released in May 2011. Him and his then partner-in-crime, Nick (Nicky Crow) Caramandi, ran the Capac Street Clubhouse in South Philly during that era, a veritable beehive of underworld activity that acted as a home-base for South Philly LCN street operations with Scarfo living and headquartering in Atlantic City.
The burly, ox-strong Iannece made his bones in the Bruno-Scarfo crime family by killing his close friend and button man, Pasquale (Pat the Cat) Spirito, on April 29, 1983. Spirito angered Little Nicky Scarfo by dragging his feet in carrying out murder contracts and was shot to death by Charlie White behind the wheel of his car after they had just attended a wedding. According to FBI records, Iannece was inducted into the mafia by Scarfo the following year, in a 1984 ceremony held in Montgomery County.
That same year, he helped dispose of the body of Philly mob capo Salvie Testa, Scarfo’s godson who he grew jealous of and feared might lead a palace coup based on his rising popularity and high profile in the press. Testa was shot dead inside a South Philly candy store on September 14, 1984 and then dumped in a ditch in Gloucester Township, New Jersey.
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