12 Years for Skinny Teddy in Scopo Slay

Skinny Teddy
Teddy Persico Jr., was sentenced today to 12 years for the 1993 murder of Colombo capo Joseph Scopo.

The hit carried out by the boyish hitman, John Pappa, was among the final casualties of a mob war that pitted Carmine Persico and Colombo family loyalists against then-acting boss Vittorio "Little Vic" Orena and a Colombo faction backing him up.

Specifically, Colombo capo Theodore "Teddy Boy" Persico, Jr., was sentenced to 12 years in prison for ordering underlings to whack Scopo, a key player for the Orena faction. In the summer of 1993, Persico managed to pass on the orders while attending his grandmother’s wake at Scarpaci Funeral Home in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, on leave from a previous prison sentence and accompanied by prison guards. (Teddy, incidentally, is Alicia DiMichele's ex-husband / husband(?) Eddie "Tall Guy" Garofalo's capo. DiMichele is due in court tomorrow.)

According to the New York Daily News, "After saying a prayer in front of his grandmother’s coffin, Persico Jr. sat down in the chapel with three associates and delivered Scopo’s death warrant, according to testimony by mob rat Anthony Russo."

Teddy, 50, is Colombo boss Carmine "The Snake" Persico's nephew. The Snake is serving a life sentence for racketeering and murder.

According to the same Daily News report, "sources say Teddy is on the short-list of candidates to assume leadership of the crime family when the position becomes vacant upon his uncle’s death."

Still he pledged to Brooklyn Federal Judge Sandra Townes at his sentencing: “I assure you I’ll do my best not to be here again."

Right on, Teddy!

Persico Jr. pleaded guilty to a murder conspiracy charge in connection with the hit on Scopo, a high-ranking member of the Orena faction. We wrote extensively about Teddy passing on the order at Scarpaci's, as well as the Scopo hit carried out by triggerman Pappa, one of the youngest gunmen ever to pull a trigger for the mob.

Teddy, also known as "Skinny" -- who has spent over 20 of the past 25 years in prison and now has 12 more to do -- would win our vote for most colorful-talking gangster ever caught on tape. This is what he said to one guy wired for sound:
"You're not me. If it was up to me, I'd go get a gun and shoot them, or stab them, or beat them up when I seen 'em... I got nothing. They can't fuck with me because I got nothing to lose and they got everything to lose. You can't fuck with them because you've got everything to lose and nothing to gain by getting physical. I can get physical all day long. 
"I got nothing to lose, I can get crazy. I don't give a fuck; what are you going to do, put me in jail? What am I going to lose? My wife, my kids, my house that I own, my $2 million house that I own, or my car? I don't own nothing. I got no wife, I got no kids. I can act like a fool. I'm telling you what I can do, I know you can't do that, I know you don't want to do that."


  1. And thats that wadda u mean he.s gone u know

  2. This guy could never be a boss. He's never not in jail, he talks crazy and acts even crazier. All he's got going for him is his last name.

    1. Which may be enough -- for a "real boss" to hide behind.

    2. When Carmine goes the Persico days are done.

  3. These little power struggles are tearing the crime families apart. Notice all the rats that power struggles creates. I don't see the point in fighting over who's going to be the boss, all it does is result in a bunch of unnecessary murders and causes mobsters to flip on each other when it comes time to pay the piper. The Genovese family are the only ones who haven't had a major power struggle, and notice how they are the strongest Mafia family in the USA. All the others have been torn apart from infighting. Think about how strong the other 4 families would be if they stopped fighting over who's going to be boss.

    1. I quite never understood it my self if u got a nice gig just kick a percentage up and let the fleas fight it out its not worth the aggravation and worrys.

    2. Exactly. The guys smart enough to be boss don't want the job. The West Side always played hide the boss. Other families likely understand that. Look at Cali with the Gambinos.

    3. The Colombo war was 20 years ago! What little power struggles are you talking about?

    4. Funzi, the Colombo War might have been 20 years ago, but they are still paying dearly for it. Colombo mobsters are still being indicted and convicted for murders that occurred during that time. And new rats are still being made as a result. I'm saying that when a Mafia family whacks its own men over greed it causes resentment within the family. Guys are less likely to live up to omerta when they're facing stiff sentences.

  4. This is the same teddy persiCo who could not get a hard on with a big tit blonde pornstar/hooker.

  5. Whats left any way the other four can chop up

  6. Rats and power struggles didnt ruin this family just the arrogants of one man accomplished that and as for street wars the govermment does that by cleaning house every five yrs there fore u got actimg bosses running thimgs and u see how thats working out if it wasnt that these familys were in NY most of them would be a memmory

    1. I think the war ref keys onto the fact that the killing here, of Scopo, was the final hit in the Colombo war. Many call Scopo the war's last victim. I believe Wild Bill Cutolo was the last victim, years later.


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