George Anastasia

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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 BigTrial.net and co-hosts Mob Talk Sitdown, an internet video report on organized crime.

November 1, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: Remembering the attempted hit on Nicky Scarfo Jr. on Halloween 1989

October marked the 20-year anniversary of the 1999 murder of Philly Mob soldier Ron Turchi. And it has been 30 years since the brazen attempted hit on mob boss Nicky Scarfo's son, Nicky Scarfo Jr. on Halloween night 1989. It happened inside Dante & Luigi's restaurant in South Philly. Anastasia says the attempted killing of Scarfo represented a power shift in the Philly Mob.

October 9, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: Examining the Philly links to 'Operation New Connection'

Mob experts George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser detail the Philadelphia connection to the so-called "Operation New Connection," an international takedown of 18 alleged Mafia figures in Sicily in July. The investigation, which generated headlines across the world, involved the Inzerillo and Gambino factions of La Cosa Nostra.

September 20, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: A look inside the Philly Mob's secret initiation ceremonies

Mob experts George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser go inside Philly Mob making ceremonies — a new twist on the old-school secret ceremonies. Learn how new-era wise guys are trying to keep those ceremonies secret from investigators. Anastasia and Schratwieser also have that and the latest on Scarfo-era mobster Phillip Narducci's year-and-a-day sentence. Plus, a Merlino crew capo gets a new subpoena to state grand jury.

August 9, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: 'Skinny Joey' Merlino's big break means early exit from prison

Veteran crime journalists George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser delve into the past, present and future of the Philly Mob.

June 11, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: Joey Merlino gets prison visitors and Pagans throw a Philly bash

Veteran crime journalists George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser delve into the past, present and future of the Philly Mob.

April 25, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: FBI lands 1-2 punch on Philly mob

Veteran crime journalists George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser delve into the past, present and future of the Philly Mob.

March 21, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: Two bombshells in Gambino assassination, alleged terrorist helping FBI probe in Philly

Veteran crime journalists George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser delve into the past, present and future of the Philly Mob.

February 26, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: 17 years later, Philly wiseguy hit in broad daylight remains unsolved

Veteran crime journalists George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser delve into the past, present and future of the Philly Mob.

February 2, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: Exclusive video as FBI swoops in to arrest Philly wiseguy

Veteran crime journalists George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser delve into the past, present and future of the Philly Mob.

January 28, 2019

Organized Crime

Mob Talk: 'Skinny Joey' Merlino settles into prison life, but what's next?

Veteran crime journalists George Anastasia and Dave Schratwieser delve into the past, present and future of the Philly Mob.

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