Talking to John Hall
You write about how the Pagans had no problem challenging the Philadelphia mob. Is it all big talk?
"I was tending bar one time and an older guy came in talking about he used to be the head of the Pagans. I thought, 'Oh boy, am I going to have fun with him.' But then he ripped down his sweater and showed me the tattoo over his heart, so we hit it off. He told me the whole story. I initially had his name in the book but removed it at the request of the head of the Norristown Pagans because he's in the witness protection program now. I spoke with somebody who went to write the history of the Philly mob and he told me there's really no such thing. You had some Italians, and yeah, the cops would arrest them, but the real badasses were the Irish in Kensington. I mean, Angelo Bruno? Do you really think he was controlling all the drugs in the black communities? The Mafia as we know it is a creation of journalists."
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