Angelo Bruno was killed by a single gun shot blast in the back of his head while sitting in his car. He had developed many enemies by cashing in on the heroin market in Philadelphia while other families were barred from narcotic distribution. Antonio Caponigro (aka Tony Bananas) ordered the killing but was himself killed just a few weeks later in retaliation. Dollar bills were found stuffed in his mouth and anus—to symbolize greed. The Philadelphia Family went into decline after Bruno’s…

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Frank Sindone (1928 – October 29, 1980), also known as "Barracuda Frank", was a loan shark and soldier in the Bruno crime family who helped plot the 1980 murder of family mob boss Angelo Bruno. Sindone was described as the chief loanshark of Angelo Bruno, suggesting that he may have run a family bank or large scale operation for Bruno. Sindone had previously served time for narcotics trafficking and was heavily involved in illegal gambling within the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Sindone…

Antonio Rocco Caponigro (January 22, 1912 – April 18, 1980), also known as Tony Bananas, was the consigliere of Angelo Bruno in the Bruno crime family. He is known for ending the peaceful Bruno regime by ordering his murder over a dispute concerning the methamphetamine trade. Caponigro was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 22, 1912. He operated out of the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey. As a made member of the Philadelphia crime family in the 1950s and 1960s he became a…

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Ignazio "Natz" Denaro (born 1977) was the Underboss of the Philadelphia crime family from 1959 until his death in 1977. In the 1950's Antonio Pollina plotted to murder one of his rivals, Angelo Bruno, he viewed Bruno as a threat to his power and enlisted Denaro in his plot to murder him, but instead of murdering him, Denaro told Bruno about the plot and he traveled to New York to gain the approval and support of The Commission to take control of the Philly mob. The Commission heard both…

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Angelo Bruno by Michael Bell

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