Big Philly Mob Attorney's GF Found Dead in His Tub

Edgar Allan Poe wrote that the death
of a beautiful woman is one of the greatest
tragedies in all the dramatic arts.
(With thanks to my competitor, for making me aware of this story: Thanks, man.)

From the NY Daily News: The 26-year-old girlfriend of a prominent criminal defense attorney was discovered dead Saturday in his Philadelphia home.

The victim — identified as Julia Law — was found naked and face down in the bathtub inside of lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr.’s Center City condo, reported CBS affiliate KYW-TV.

Sources said Peruto, 58, was in Avalon on the Jersey Shore when Law's body was found around 10 a.m. Peruto and the beautiful brunette were dating, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Julia was a beautiful, caring free spirit hippy, who I was blessed to have known. Words can't express how sad I am to finally have met someone who I believed truly loved me," Peruto later said in a text message to the newspaper.

He also posted to Facebook: "I'm especially sad for her 10 yr old brother, who was her life, along with her loving and close sisters, mother and step-father. Earth lost the best one ever."

A maintenance man discovered Law in a third-floor bathroom.

“The first thing I did was call 911 and police showed up. I then went to homicide to give my accounts of what happened,” the unidentified man told NBC affiliate WCAU-TV.

The Medical Examiner’s Office was set to perform an autopsy Saturday night. A spokesman declined to comment Sunday.

Philadelphia police couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Since the exact cause of death wasn’t known Saturday, homicide detectives interviewed Peruto, sources told The Inquirer. He is not considered a suspect.

Law began working as a paralgegal at Peruto’s office in July 2011 after graduating from Drexel University, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Peruto has gained notoriety defending mobsters, including Joey Merlino and Nicodemo Scarfo.

“As can be seen on this website under ‘Past Cases,’ he has been called a ‘ferocious cross examiner,’ ‘gives a supreme closing argument to a Jury’, and ‘very entertaining on an otherwise boring case,’” touts Peruto’s website.

The audacious attorney also represented his friend, former Philadelphia TV weatherman John Bolaris, who claimed two beautiful Eastern European “bar girls” drugged him during a trip to Miami in 2010 and stole tens of thousands of dollars.


  1. How very sad! So young, full of life, and beautiful. To be taken so young is senseless, tragic, and fishy. What could have possibly triggered someone to take this woman life. She is so young. Something is NOT right here! Do you know how she was,killed or if they suspect it is tied to a former dissatisfied client or perhaps one who was refused as a client of her boyfriend? Wonder if he had something to do with it. Crime of passion from a jealous ex of either her or him? Maybe even him... She is young perhaps she met,someone and was leaving him? He was conveniently out of town without her. He does have "colorful" friends, clients, and former clients. I hope this does not go unsolved. Very sad. Great article Ed miss ya n give me a call will ya. Your buddy moving back who can't wait to cook ya dinner n chat the night away. Lol

  2. Bet they eventually link this to the attorney's connection with Scarfo.

  3. Methinks he pissed off the wrong person. Sad :/

  4. Yes, that is a very sad story. She was so young.


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