The following, based on information gathered by New Jersey's State Commission of Investigation, is part of an ongoing series about Nicodemo (Little Nicky) Scarfo, former Philadelphia Cosa Nostra boss notorious for his violence. Scarfo died last Friday.
|Phil Testa, left, Angelo Bruno|
After the Philadelphia crime family's longtime boss, Angelo Bruno, was killed on March 21, 1980, in a grisly gangland hit, the Commission wanted answers.
A boss had been killed "illegally." Whoever was behind it was going to die.
Examples needed to be made to send a loud and clear message about what happened when members defied the Commission.
But before anything, the Commission needed to learn the identities of the assassins.