Papa Smurf gets arrested

The arrest of a mob boss affectionately known as “Papa Smurf” prompts the New York Times to examine some of the more amusing nicknames given to Mafia men.

Says the Times: “Fascination with mob nicknames goes back long before Vincent (Chin) Gigante, before Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano and Thomas (Tommy Karate) Pitera.

“For generations, G-men have been studiously scribbling down nicknames overheard on wiretap recordings for tough guys with tough nicknames like — literally — Thomas (Tough Tommy) Contaldo, Ettore (Killer) Coco and Anthony (Tony Miserable) Vellucci.”

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