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Frank Friel Brings Down the Philadelphia Mob

Frank Friel was the co-director and chief investigator of the Philadelphia Police/FBI Organized Crime Task Force, which dismantled the Nicodemo Scarfo-led mafia in the 1980s. The gang's violent acts terrorized the Philadelphia area; they also infiltrated Atlantic City's casinos. Friel has a new book about that time, called Breaking the Mob.


Other segments from the episode on July 19, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 19, 1990: Interview with Frank Friel; Review of albums by David Berwald, John Hiatt, and Steve Earle; Interview with Weird Al Yankovic; Review of the film …


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