Philly Mob Boss Whacked Natalie DiDonato's Cousin, Frankie Flowers

Philadelphia's Natalie Guercio will soon be joined by Philadelphia's Natalie DiDonato on the VH1 reality show Mob Wives.

We don't know when the new Natalie will appear but she's rolled out her social media accounts and has been stomping on Natalie Guercio's guts.... and deleting at least one earlier tweet that noted a family connection, specifically that "Frankie Flowers" was her cousin.

Natalie Didonato

Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi allegedly "made his bones" by killing DiDonato's cousin -- assuming Frank "Frankie Flowers" D'Alfonso is her cousin.

Ligambi, former Philly mob boss, now consiglieri, was convicted of murdering "Frankie Flowers," who was a wealthy, longtime associate of the Philadelphia crime family under Angelo Bruno; Frankie Flowers was whacked in the mid-1980s by the Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo regime.

As for Ligambi, after serving 10 years for the murder, he was acquitted following a retrial.

Natalie Didonato, when asked on Twitter about her mob creds, threw out the "Frankie Flowers" name as the ladies at M.O.B.Wives caught for posterity:

You see, those tweets are now gone. (We spent what felt like hours reading through Natalie D's Twitter feed and those tweets, posted on Nov. 29, as plainly visible above, are gone.)

Frankie Flowers is probably not one of Ligambi's favorite topics these days. As we noted in an earlier story, the Feds would love to nail him for as many as three gangland hits. And when it comes to organized crime cases, publicity can make one a target (ask John Gotti's inner circle) and there seems to be no such thing as "double jeopardy."

A couple of our Philly sources talked to us about "Frankie Flowers" D'Alfonso and the common denominator brought up by both was "Uncle Joe" Ligambi. As one source said: "Frankie Flowers was a longtime associate under [Angelo] Bruno. What I heard is that he wasn't kicking up so Scarfo gave the order. Uncle Joe did the work."

Ligambi was convicted of the 1985 slaying of "Frankie Flowers" and spent 10 years in prison before he was acquitted following a 1997 retrial.

In an interesting profile of Uncle Joe, George Anastasia wrote on in May 2011:

"Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi is a former bartender and suspected hit man who allegedly took control of the Philadelphia mob a decade ago... He was... part of the Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo crime family, having been formally initiated - "made" - after the slaying of Frank "Frankie Flowers" D'Alfonso back in July 1985. But he was never considered part of Scarfo's inner circle and never part of the mob hierarchy. In fact, before he was arrested in the D'Alfonso case, few outside of the South Philadelphia underworld had ever heard of him. His reign as reputed mob boss, however, is the longest since that of Angelo Bruno, the avuncular Mafia don who ran the family from 1959 until his murder in 1980."

He was a longtime, low-key Bruno family associate who, it's been reported, never killed anyone.

He was convicted of bookmaking and served a little time for failing to testify. He supposedly tried to use some muscle to gain control of a union in Atlantic City. He may have earned some money off the drug trade, but that was about all law enforcement knew of him when, at the age of 55, he was whacked on a South Philadelphia Street corner in 1985. He was not a "made member" of Philly's Cosa Nostra.

D'Alfonso earned his nickname because he operated a flower shop, which was often under police surveillance. High-ranking mobsters from Philly, New York, New England and other cities were known to have gone there on occasion.

For a low-key guy, Frank Flowers earned quite a bit of trouble for himself. One night in October 1981, he was nearly beaten to death on the South Philadelphia streets. Despite a busted skull and jaw, fractured eye sockets and a shattered kneecap, he survived.

But still, Frankie Flowers manned up when police questioned him about his near-death experience. "I was hit by a car," he told them from his hospital stretcher.

D'Alfonso's death was said to be part of the shakeout that hit the Philly streets in the wake of the Bruno hit (the "Docile Don" who counted mob boss Carlo Gambino as one of his good friends was shotgunned in a car seated beside John Stanfa. See story.)


  1. Ha ha ha.....I'm with you guys

  2. You guys talking all that trash these ladys are 2.s at10 and 10.s at 2 nothing a few scotch.s and bourbon.s can.t handle. But all that booze couldnt get me to do that guy looking hidious Ranee. Now for Natalie and Drita who would.nt wanna mouth F---them two young lady.s no booze necessary Lol. Philly

  3. Looking at Natalie Didonato looks like the Local finishers Union in Phila did a little Trowel work and filler on that face a lot of make up. But hey would.nt pass on that either. Who am i to Judge.philly

    Ed u and ur followers on here have a safe and wonderfull New Year. And i love Alabama and Oregon to cover. Pro Carolina and Dallas to cover.Philly

  4. Natalie Guercio -- big reason I watch the show. Seems she's finally realized she's being screwed. I couldn't understand why she'd appear on this show when clearly the whole point of this season is to turn everyone against her and make her look bad because she managed to raise the psycho beast within Renee. Reality shows are entertainment....maybe the storylines are teased to some extent from "real life." But no one wants to look bad. The hilarity is when they don't know how bad they look. Like Gravano's sudden "back bitches" appearance. Her moment of glory!

  5. You too, Philly! Have a great New Year's eve, guy!

  6. So Ligambi is now consigliere? Thats the first i heard of it. Everything i have read suggests retirement.

  7. It's 'bout time, now they should rename it Mob Wives: Fresh Blood. So tired of all those old ugly broads on there.

  8. Skinny Joey is the boss ' Uncle Joe consigliere'
    Stevie Mazzone Street Boss and Acting Boss in Phila while Joey goes away tmrw for parole violation' Johnny Ciangilini Capo.philly

  9. Hi ed how was ur holiday hope all is well. Philly

  10. Frankie Flowers have family members swearing up & down this Natalie DiDonato is NOT FAMILY. They're saying she's a fraud!

  11. I tried speaking to them. They never called. I've spoken to a certain mob wife, as well. I think there's a little more to this story. Can't move forward until someone talks to me again, on or off the record. I don't bite!! LOL! I don't look to punk anyone either. There's always a dance between source and writer, a chance to get to know each other. I am quite clear when I say "now I'm pressing record." I NEVER BURN A SOURCE WHO SPEAKS TO ME. I PROTECT THEM AND AM AVAILABLE TO THEM WHEN AND IF THEY NEED ME. BUT THEY MUST BE 100% TRUTHFUL AT ALL TIMES; IF THEY EVER DELIBERATELY LIE TO ME, ALL BETS ARE OFF. I have never and will never burn a source who comes to me with complete sincerity and is willing to speak only the truth to the best of their knowledge.


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