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By Mario Machi
Investigative Journalist
     Northeast Pennsylvania
      The LCN family in Northeast Pennsylvania was located mainly in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Pittston. The first boss of the family was Santo Volpe, who ruled from 1908 until 1933. John Sciandra was the boss for the rest of the decade, until Joseph Barbara had him killed in 1940. Barbara was in control from then until 1959. He is famous for another reason. It was at his house in 1956, that the famed Apalachin conclave of Mafia leaders took place. This was a summer house of Barbara's in upstate New York. The local police saw many suspicious people in the area, and they raided the meeting. All of the attendees fled, many on foot. A roadblock was setup, and each man attending who attempted to drive off was caught and detained overnight by the state police. Some of those detained were Carlo Gambino, his nephew Paul Castellano, Tommy Luchese, Joe Profaci, Joe Colombo, Vito Genovese, Frank Costello, Joe Bonanno, Tony Accardo, Santo Trafficante, Carlos Marcello, and Sam Giancana. Giancana was one of the gangsters who escaped through the woods behind Barbara's estate. All of the detained said that they were visiting Barbara because he was very ill. This event brought prominence to the Northeast PA faction of LCN because of the publicity that Barbara received. Russell Bufalino succeeded Barbara after his death. He made the family one of the more successful ones in the country. His cousin, Bill Bufalino, was one of Jimmy Hoffa's personal attorneys. Bufalino died and was replaced in 1975 by Edward Sciandra. His cousin, John Sciandra, was an earlier boss of the family. The current boss of the family is William D'Elia, from Scranton, Pennsylvania. D'Elia has been involved in helping to settle disputes between rival factions of the Philadelphia mafia.

by Mario Machi

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