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By Jack Loren
December 25, 2023
Joey Merlino, an American mobster, is widely known as the reputed leader of the Philadelphia criminal family.
He rose to power in the mid-1990s following an alleged power struggle within the criminal organization.
joey Merlino was born in Philadelphia on March 13, 1962, to parents of Italian-American descent, Salvatore “Chuckie” Merlino and Rita Giordano.
Merlino spent his childhood in South Philly and Ventnor City, New Jersey.
He is also the nephew of Lawrence “Yogi” Merlino, a former member of the Philadelphia crime family who later became a government witness.
Joey has a sister named Maria, who was briefly engaged to Salvatore Testa.
During his time at St. Thomas Aquinas in Philadelphia’s Point BreeDuring his time at St. Thomas Aquinas in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze area