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Saturday, March 18, 2023
A Look Back At The South Philly Mob: My Washington Times 'On Crime' Column On George Anastasia's History Of Philadelphia Organized Crime
the recent death of South Philly mob legend Chickie Ciancaglini, I've been thinking about an earlier
era of the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra crime family.
the best book on that era is George Anastasia’s Blood and Honor.
can read my 2020 Washington Times On Crime column on Blood and Honor
In a previous column, I wrote about Frank Sheeran, the late
Philadelphia criminal who was portrayed by Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s
Netflix film, “The Irishman.” Although I don’t subscribe to Sheeran’s claim
that he murdered Jimmy Hoffa and his other boasts, I liked the film.
liked the film as it featured organized crime figures from South Philadelphia,
where I grew up. Readers have contacted me and asked how to learn more about
the South Philly-South Jersey Cosa Nostra crime family. I responded by
suggesting that they read George Anastasia’s true crime books, “Blood and
Honor,” “The Goodfella Tapes” and “The Last Gangster.”
said George Anastasia’s “Blood and Honor: The Scarfo Mob, the Mafia’s Most
Violent Family” was the best gangster book ever written. Mr. Anastasia, a
former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, covered the rise and fall of the
Nicodemo “Nicky” Scarfo Philadelphia Cosa Nostra crime family in the 1980s.
Anastasia’s knowledge from years of covering the mob and his interviews with
Nick Caramandi, a Scarfo mob soldier turned government witness, “Blood and
Honor” offers the backstory of the murder of South Philly-South Jersey mob boss
Angelo Bruno (portrayed by Harvey Keitel in “The Irishman”) and the eventual rise
of Scarfo. The book details the schemes, the internecine mob war and the many
murders ordered by Scarfo.
Philip “Crazy Phil” Leonetti, Scarfo’s nephew and underboss who became a
government witness. He described his uncle as smart, devious, calculating and
psychopathic. He said his uncle enjoyed committing murders.
Paul Davis is a writer who covers crime. He has written extensively about organized crime, cybercrime, street crime, white collar crime, crime fiction, crime prevention, espionage and terrorism. His 'On Crime' column appears in the Washington Times and his 'Crime Beat' column appears here. He is also a regular contributor to Counterterrorism magazine and writes their online 'Threatcon' column. Paul Davis' crime fiction appears in American Crime Magazine. His work has also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Weekly and other publications. As a writer, he has attended police academy training, gone out on patrol with police officers, accompanied detectives as they worked cases, accompanied narcotics officers on drug raids, observed criminal court proceedings, visited jails and prisons, and covered street riots, mob wars and murder investigations. He has interviewed police commissioners and chiefs, FBI, DEA, HSI and other federal special agents, prosecutors, public officials, WWII UDT frogmen, Navy SEALs, Army Delta operators, Israeli commandos, military intelligence officers, Scotland Yard detectives, CIA officers, former KGB officers, film and TV actors, writers and producers, journalists, novelists and true crime authors, gamblers, outlaw bikers, and Cosa Nostra organized crime bosses. Paul Davis has been a student of crime since he was a 12-year-old aspiring writer growing up in South Philadelphia. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17 in 1970. He served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War and he later served two years aboard the Navy harbor tugboat U.S.S. Saugus at the U.S. floating nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland. He went on to do security work as a Defense Department civilian while working part-time as a freelance writer. From 1991 to 2005 he was a producer and on-air host of "Inside Government," a public affairs interview radio program that aired Sundays on WPEN AM and WMGK FM in the Philadelphia area. You can read Paul Davis' crime columns, crime fiction, book reviews and news and feature articles on this website. You can read his full bio by clicking on the above photo. And you can contact Paul Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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