Estimate members: Around twenty active members.
First Boss: Salvatore Sabella started the family in 1911.
Primary activities: Extortion, bookmaking, gambling, drug trafficking and loan-sharking.

Boss: Joseph Ligambi
Street boss: Michael "Mikey Lance" Lancellotti

Under Angelo Bruno the Philadelphia Crime Family was among the most powerful Families in the US. His death signaled the beginning of a violent era that continued until the mid 1990s. Nicky Scarfo has become known as one of the most violent mob bosses in US history. His thirst for blood sent the Family into darkness. The result of the Scarfo years were several turncoats, including the first ever Philadelphia made guy, and even more Philly mobsters convicted to long prison sentences. When John Stanfa emerged as new leader a new war broke out between Stanfa and the so called "young turks" led by Joseph Merlino. When Stanfa was convicted to several life sentences Ralph Natale and Joey Merlino took over. Natale was the official boss, however it became clear later that Merlino let him think that, and that he himself was really the power. When Natale was arrested he flipped, becoming the first Mafia boss to turn government witness. By now the Family was already in shambles, of all the US Mafia Families they have the highest amount of turncoats. Merlino is currently out of prison and on probation and the Family is run by Joseph Ligambi. It consists of around twenty or more active made members. (January 29, 2016)


Philadelphia Mafia boss Joey Merlino poses for photo with former President Donald Trump
Philadelphia Mafia underboss Steven Mazzone gets 5 years in prison
Philadelphia Mafia boss-turned-rat Ralph Natale dies at age 86
Mobster Robert Gentile dies at 85, takes secrets about Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft to grave
Philadelphia Mafia underboss, capo, and underlings busted by FBI on gambling, drug charges
Philly underboss “Crazy Phil” Leonetti talks about hanging out with Meyer Lansky, calls Merlino a “lowlife”
Philadelphia mobster Phil Narducci hit with extortion charges – “He’s a killer, you idiot. He killed 8 people.”
Joey Merlino relaxed after being sentenced to 2 years in prison for illegal gambling
Joey Merlino pleads guilty to single gambling charge, avoids retrial – Judge angry
The Irishman: Jimmy Hoffa’s friend and the man who put two bullets in the back of his skull
Joey Merlino swaggers to mistrial in New York racketeering case
Joey Merlino hits hospital with chest pains – Racketeering trial delayed
Genovese capo doesn't want to stand trial with Joey Merlino
Mafia boss Joey Merlino stands up and goes to trial
Ralph Natale’s Last Don Standing reveals a gangster desperately in search of respect
Philadelphia mob family associate stabbed in chest
Mafia boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo dead at 87
Philly Mafia boss Joseph Merlino and mobsters of 5 different crime families charged with racketeering
Philadelphia boss Joey Merlino banned from Pennsylvania casinos
Joey Merlino living like a boss in Florida
Mob Hit in South Philadelphia
Philly Mob Boss' Own Words To Be Used Against Him
Nicky Scarfo Junior Following in Daddy's Footsteps
Philly Mob Boss Joey Merlino Goes To Hollywood
Philly Mob Boss Joseph Ligambi Indicted


Philip Narducci
Enrico "Harry the Hunchback" Riccobene (dead, natural causes)


Daniel Castelli
Victor DeLuca


The Great Philly Mob War | The FBI Files
Mafia boss Ralph Natale discusses his life of crime, loses his temper
Philadelphia wiseguys moving around the neighborhood
Sicilian Mafia connection in Philadelphia?
Mafia boss Joe Ligambi celebrates his 80th birthday
Why did vandals attack Philly mob capo Dominick Grande's home?
Joey Merlino meeting with movie star Robert De Niro
Philly mob boss Merlino’s guilty plea, future investigations
Mafia link to $500 million art heist discussed in new Mob Talk
Wiseguy talks about infamous hit on Joey Chang in Mob Talk
Mob Talk about racketeering case against Joey Merlino
Philly underboss Phil Leonetti's ABC Primetime interview


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