Antonio "Mr. Miggs" Pollina

Antonio "Mr. Miggs" Pollina (September 20, 1892 Italy- February 27, 1993 South Philadelphia) was the former boss of the Philadelphia crime family.

Biography

Pollina was born in Caccamo, Sicily and became a naturalized American citizen on July 12, 1944. His rap sheet dated back to 1927 and included arrests for murder, concealed weapons, untaxed liquor, assault & battery. His legitimate employment was as a cheese salesman for Maggio Cheese Co. Pollina was one of the top leaders of the mafia group known as 'The Greaser Gang' or Philadelphia crime family and controlled a large loanshark operation.

The ascension of Mr. Miggs to the head of the Philadelphia crime family took place in 1959. Pollina had been a favorite of former bosses Salvatore Sabella, John Avena, Joseph Bruno and Joseph Ida. Pollina was handed the reigns of the family when Joseph Ida fled the United States to avoid an indictment on narcotic charges. Pollina apparently never felt secure in his position at the head of the table and began plotting to murder those he felt threatened his autonomy. Angelo Bruno fell into this category.

Pollina ordered Ignazio Denaro, his Underboss, to murder Angelo Bruno but Denaro instead informed Bruno of Pollina's intentions. Bruno used his connections to the The Commission (mafia) to take Pollina's power away from him. The commission authorized Bruno to murder Pollina for reasons that have never been fully explained. The typical theory is that since Pollina plotted to kill Bruno then he had the right to defend himself against Pollina's plot. In truth Pollina was the boss and if he so chose to eliminate one of his family members the commission had no right to stop him. Whatever the case, Pollina stepped down and Angelo Bruno replaced him and kept Denaro as his underboss.

In spite of the alleged murder plot, Pollina remained in Philadelphia and reportedly felt secure enough to ask Angelo Bruno to name him as his consigliere after the death of Joe Rugnetta in 1977. Bruno is said to have declined his request and placed the man who would arrange his death 3 years later instead, Antonio Caponigro. Mr. Miggs died of natural causes in 1993 at the age of 101.

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