J., when the two were brought before a judge to hear new charges of racketeering, loansharking and gambling. "Nicky" Scarfo, said Sunday that the elder Scarfo died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N. Riley was not certain of the time or cause of death, but said that Scarfo, 87, had been "in deteriorating health for awhile" and that he heard about Scarfo's passing on Saturday. Gelman, Scarfo's longtime lawyer, said he believed the cause of death was cancer. Scarfo was serving a 55-year sentence on racketeering and murder charges.
Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, the tyrannical mob boss who ruled the Philadelphia underworld in the 1980s, has died while serving a 55-year prison sentence at a federal medical center in North Carolina. Once described in a government sentencing memorandum as "a man who sought and achieved a career in the major leagues of crime," Scarfo was considered one of the most violent organized crime leaders in the country. A family friend and criminal defense lawyer for the younger Scarfo discussed the elder Scarfo's legacy on Sunday.
Shortly after the interview, state and federal agents raided the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in the tiny southwest Arkansas town of Fouke to investigate possible child abuse and pornography.
He was a one-time street preacher whose apocalyptic ministry grew into a multimillion-dollar network of businesses and property before he was convicted in Arkansas of sexually abusing young girls he considered his wives.
"What he leaves behind in terms of his actual family, his legacy there, sadly, leaves a lot be desired." David Fritchey, the former head of the Organized Crime Strike Force in the U. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, called Scarfo "bloodthirsty" and said his penchant for violence not only was detrimental to the city, it also contributed toward factionalism and distrust within his own organization.The ritualistic aspects of the crimes often are not presented in court but are clearly indicated in the victims' accounts.* West Memphis Three teenagers were convicted in the cult killings of three 8-year-old boys.Michael Wayne 'Damien" Echols, 19, and Charles Jason Baldwin, 16, were convicted March 18, 1994, on three counts each of capitol murder. A jury recommended the death penalty for Echols and life in prison without pareole for Baldwin. A third teenager, Jessie Lloyd Misskelley, Jr., 18, was convicted in February 1994, of one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.May he have mercy on your soul.'Alamo started preaching along California streets in the 1960s, advocating a mixture of virulent anti-Catholicism and apocalyptic rhetoric.He claimed God authorized polygamy, professed that gays were the tools of Satan, and believed girls were fit for marriage even at a young age.'Consent is puberty,' Alamo said in a September 2008 interview with the Associated Press.