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Phyllis Merlino says of her late husband, Lawrence Merlino:”He was abusive. He gave me a black eye.”

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Lawrence “Yogi”   Merlino

ATLANTIC CITY – It was Married to the Mob without the humor, a dark, soap-operaesque story that offered a rare look inside a woman’s relationship with a notorious organized-crime figure.

There was mental and physical abuse – beatings, black eyes, and threats of gun violence, including a forced game of Russian roulette.     

She described a rocky relationship with her former sister-in-law, Rita, wife of mobster Salvatore Merlino and mother of mob leader Joseph S. “Skinny Joey” Merlino.

  FULL STORY by George Anastacia      VIDEO