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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Philly mob boss brags to Genovese captain its easy to kill someone in secret recording

082316mob8shReputed mob boss bragged it’s ‘easy to kill somebody’ in secret recording: feds
Killing someone is pretty easy, according to reputed Mafia boss Joey “Skinny Joey” Merlino — who offered his own personal play-by-play approach to a mob cohort in a secretly recorded conversation, the feds say.

In the 2014 recording, authorities captured the alleged Philadelphia mob boss gabbing with reputed Genovese Acting Captain Eugene “Rooster” Onofrio about how to best off someone, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

“It’s easy to kill somebody,” Merlino boasted, with Onofrio agreeing, “It’s simple,” according to the feds.

Merlino went on to explain his method: “You’re my friend, you trust me, I tell you, ‘Listen, drive me home right now,’ get you in the car, I shoot you in the f—king’ head, and it’s over with,” according to the feds.

Manhattan federal prosecutors introduced the statements in written documents to argue that Merlino and Onofrio should go to trial together come January.

Onofrio, who the feds say runs crews on Mulberry Street in Manhattan, had asked the judge to be tried separately, saying he was worried that Merlino’s reputation could “prejudice” a jury against him.

A lawyer for Merlino didn’t immediately return a request for comment. Onofrio’s lawyer declined comment.

The two men were among 46 people charged in a racketeering scheme last year that boasted arrests in four out of five major crime families.

They are two of just six defendants who continue to fight the charges.

Reputed Genovese capo Pasquale “Patsy” Parrello — of Pasquale’s Rigoletto restaurant in the Bronx — pleaded guilty to extortion charges in May.



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