Docuseries following the Pennsylvania SPCA and the work of a team of specialist police officers who use surveillance techniques and equipment to combat dog-fighting, illegal pet trading, and other animal cruelty crimes.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2012-01-07

Philly Undercover - Nicodemo Scarfo - Netflix

Nicodemo Domenic “Little Nicky” Scarfo (March 8, 1929 – January 13, 2017) was a member of the American Mafia who eventually became the boss of the Philadelphia crime family after the death of Angelo Bruno and Phil Testa. During his criminal career, Scarfo was described by some as psychotic, cruel and vicious. From many accounts of his former criminal associates who testified against him, he would want to murder someone if he was shown the slightest bit of disrespect or even if he was stared at. Scarfo orchestrated a particularly ruthless regime and ordered over a dozen murders during his time as boss. He was often described by informants as cold-hearted and narcissistic. He enjoyed the celebrity gangster lifestyle and was an admirer of Chicago Outfit boss Al Capone. Scarfo would scan newspapers for his name and made sure his soldiers carried out murders in public to create a constant atmosphere of fear. Scarfo engaged in organized crime activities such as drug trafficking to generate millions, while many other bosses avoided such activities known to attract law enforcement scrutiny. It was these methods that ultimately led to Scarfo's downfall. Though Scarfo's reign may have made him rich, in the long term, it almost destroyed the crime family that he dominated for a decade. After being convicted of multiple RICO charges in 1988 including drug trafficking, loansharking, extortion, attempted murder, and first degree murder, and with damaging testimonies of several informants who used to carry out his murders and his top lieutenants including his second in command and nephew, Philip “Crazy Phil” Leonetti. Scarfo died in prison on January 13, 2017, while serving his prison sentence. He is also the father of Nicky Scarfo Jr., a Lucchese family soldier, who most recently was sentenced to 30 years in prison for security fraud, racketeering, and illegal gambling.

Philly Undercover - Early life - Netflix

Scarfo was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Philip and Catherine Scarfo, both Catholics. At the age of 12, Scarfo and his family moved to New Jersey, where he worked as a young laborer and later graduated at Franklin High School in 1947. He earned himself a reputation by becoming an amateur boxer, fighting in small boxing clubs throughout Philadelphia, known for his aggressive temper in the ring.

Philly Undercover - References - Netflix