George Anastasia


Veteran Philadelphia journalist George Anastasia has written about organized and disorganized crime for decades, covering casino gambling in Atlantic City and mob hits in Philadelphia. A Philadelphia Inquirer reporter from 1974 through 2012, he is currently a freelance writer and author specializing in crime reporting. His books include Blood and Honor, The Last Gangster, The Summer Wind and Gotti’s Rules. He writes a column, Mob Scene, for JerseyMan/PhillyMan magazine, is a regular contributor to and co-hosts Mob Talk Sitdown, an internet video report on organized crime.

January 29, 2018


For 'Skinny Joey' Merlino, racketeering trial his chance to put feds under microscope

Philadelphia’s only celebrity gangster goes on trial faces racketeering and conspiracy charges in federal court in Manhattan that could land him in jail for a good part of the rest of his life.

August 29, 2017


Ron Previte, the former mobster who brought down three crime bosses, dies at 73

Ron Previte, the former mobster who brought down three crime bosses, dies at 73

June 13, 2017


'Skinny Joey' Merlino looks to walk away from federal racketeering charge

“Skinny Joey” Merlino is a survivor. And it looks as if he’s about to walk away from his latest problem with federal authorities.

June 6, 2017


True or false? Ralph Natale was secretly initiated into Mafia by Bruno and Gambino

Ralph Natale's story changes depending on where he is and whom he’s speaking to. A look at "Last Don Standing," a biography of the mobster, underscores that point.

April 12, 2017


Mobster Ralph Natale's life story: Philly underworld calls BS on 'fake news'

Some of the guys in South Philadelphia are calling it “fake news.” Others are using a more graphic description – “bullshit.” They are speaking, of course, of the story that Ralph Natale is spinning in his book "Last Don Standing," which went on sale last month.

October 5, 2016


Investigators: Merlino associate's 'mulch' operation leaves Palmyra stuck with $10M cleanup – for now

Not for nothing was Tony Soprano a “solid waste management consultant.”

August 23, 2016

Organized Crime

Former Joey Merlino mob associate Robert ‘Boston Bob’ Luisi now a Christian minister

They called him “Boston Bob.”

August 9, 2016


Feds fight bail for Joey Merlino, allege tapes show he was 'leader' of mob family

It looks like a tale of the tapes in the feds’ latest battle with mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino.

August 4, 2016


Joey Merlino arrested in major mob bust

Mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino was arrested at his home in Florida this morning as the feds dropped the hammer in a multi-state, multi-defendant organized crime case.

June 30, 2016


What did Joey Merlino do to earn himself a likely statewide casino ban?

It looks like reputed mob boss Joey Merlino has played his last hand of blackjack at the SugarHouse Casino.

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