George Anastasia at the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nicodemo "Littile Nicky" Scarfo, the former boss of the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra organized crime family, has died in prison.
Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, the tyrannical mob boss who ruled the Philadelphia underworld in the 1980s, has died while serving a 55-year prison sentence at a federal medical center in North Carolina. He was 87.
Once described in a government sentencing memorandum as "a man who sought and achieved a career in the major leagues of crime," Scarfo was considered one of the most violent organized crime leaders in the country.
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