Testa Murder

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Testa Murder - Another Gangland Execution Victim Is Discovered...
Another Gangland Execution Victim Is Discovered CAMDEN, N.J. (UPI) — The "execution" slaying of Salvatore Testa is the latest blow in a mob war- that began in March 1980 and has resulted in the deaths, woundings and disappearances of 23 members, authorities say. ' The body of Testa, 28, son of slain reputed Philadelphia crime boss Philip "Chicken Man" Testa, was discovered late Friday in a roadside ditch in Gloucester Township, N.J, It was the second attempt on his life in 26 months. Investigators said during the weekend that Testa had been closely allied with Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, reputed head of organized crime in Philadelphia and Atlantic City, N.J. He may have been killed to prevent him ascending to the No. 2 spot in Scarfo's organization, detectives said. Currently holding that spot is Salvatore Merlino, who faces sentencing sentencing on a New Jersey bribery charge. Competing with Testa for Merlino's position was Merlino's brother, Lawrence, state police Lt. Col. Justin Dintino said. The younger Testa's body was found covered with a blanket, trussed with his legs bound to his upper body, "in a praying or kneeling fashion," Dennis Wixted, Camden County assistant prosecutor, said. "You could call it an execution," Wixted said. Police were alerted to the body by an unidentified teenage boy. Police said they believe Testa was killed elsewhere and his body dumped dumped in New Jersey. He was dressed in tennis shorts, a Temple University Tshirt and sneakers, and carried several hundred dollars in cash and a set of keys. The Pennsylvania Crime Commission Commission said Salvatore Testa was another victim in the war between the Philadelphia and New Jersey factions factions that began in March 1980 when reputed crime boss Angelo Bruno was shot to death in a car in Philadelphia. Scarfo had survived at least two attempts on his life in the two years following his father's slaying. Philip Testa was killed when a remote control bomb packed with nails exploded exploded as he entered his home in March, 1981. The younger Testa was shot and critically wounded in July 1982 while walking in the Italian Market in South Philadelphia. He survived the eight bullet wounds to his stomach, left arm and legs. Victor DeLuca and Joseph Pedulla, both of Philadelphia, were convicted of the attempted hit and each received hefty prison sentences. Last Dec. 11, gunmen blocked a car Testa and three others were riding in on a South Philadelphia street and opened fire, but no one was injured. Police believe the shooting was in retaliation for the slaying of Robert Riccobene, 43, a member of a rival crime family. Riccobene was •allegedly killed by Testa or one of his operatives, authorities said.

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  1. Tyrone Daily Herald,
  2. 17 Sep 1984, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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