Proposal to turn mobster's house into landmark gets whacked

A historical landmark commission in Philadelphia has received an offer it could refuse. It won't support a proposal asking that the home of a former mob boss receive landmark status.

The board Thursday rejected arguments that the home of the late Angelo Bruno receive such a designation.

Angelo Bruno was known as the "Gentle Don" when he ran the city's Italian mob in the 1960s and 1970s. He died from a shotgun blast to the head in front of the home in 1980.

The main argument for declaring the property a city landmark was that federal investigations into Bruno's affairs shaped the way organized crime was tracked and prosecuted.

But the landmark advisory board said that argument was weak and didn't have a direct tie-in to Philadelphia.