June 21, 1931 |
|Died||May 13, 1982|
|Occupation||Former Consigliere of the Philadelphia crime family|
Family Problems[edit | edit source]
In 1979 Salvatore, Salvatore (Chuckie) Merlino and Robert (Bobby) Lumio murdered 31-year-old drug dealer Michael (Coco) Cifelli. He was murdered for selling drugs to the son of Frank Monte, a capo from Cinnaminson Township, New Jersey. Frank served under Phil Testa and later Nicky Scarfo. He oversaw illegal gambling operations in Atlantic City and New Jersey for the crime family. Michael Cifelli was gunned down by Testa and Salvatore (Chuckie) Merlino as he was talking on the phone in a telephone booth just inside a bar, Priori's, at 10th and Wolf Streets in Point Breeze, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Monte was later promoted to be consigliere in 1981 by Nicky Scarfo.
Promoted to Consigliere[edit | edit source]
Frank Monte was known for his short temper in South Philadelphia. Monte was an Angelo Bruno supporter. He killed Frank Sindone for his part in Bruno's murder. Sindone was told to go to a house in South Philadelphia for a meeting with Salvatore Merlino, Salvatore Testa and Monte. While Monte shook Sidone's hand, Merlino took out his gun and shot Sindone. After the hit, Monte was made a capo.
Monte was involved in illegal gambling and hung out at a restaurant owned by Philip Testa the new boss. Monte would frequently stay long hours at the restaurant with Testa because they were good friends. Not long after the Bruno murder, Testa was also murdered when a nail bomb exploded in the front of his house. After Testa's murder, the Commission appointed Nicodemo Scarfo as the new boss. Due to his friendship with Scarfo, Monte was appointed the Consigliere.
Riccobene War[edit | edit source]
Scarfo would lead the most bloody era in mafia history. The war with the Riccobene brothers was the beginning. A faction headed by captain Harry Riccobene did not want to pay Scarfo a percentage of his business because Angelo Bruno never collected from Riccobene. Several men from both sides were murdered. Scarfo told Monte and Raymond Martorano to meet with Harry's brother Mario Riccobene. Mario did not get along with Harry, however, he refused to go against his brother and told Harry what happened. Soon Harry Riccobene took matters into his own hands.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Monte". Lacndb.com. http://www.lacndb.com/php/Info.php?name=Frank. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- M. Novak (2001-12-06). "The Fat Lady Sings". Archives.citypaper.net. http://archives.citypaper.net/articles/112901/news.uworld.shtml. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- "Rick Porrello's - AmericanMafia.com - Allan May, Organized Crime Historian and Journalist". AmericanMafia.com. http://www.americanmafia.com/Allan_May_5-8-00.html. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
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