Listen: Philly, Salesman, Paul Petroleo discussed on And That's Why We Drink
"So this I'm going to cover the story of arsenic, Inc. Aka the story of the south Philly poison ring. Done dente. I've never heard of that quite a lot of nicknames. All right. So we're in Philly in the nineteen thirties. Great depression, twenty five percent unemployment rate, which was actually a lot higher than the rest of the country. So Philly had like a lot higher unemployment rate half a million people in the city, we're out of a job. And there were two guys named the oh, I forgot I was going to look up how to say this. We say the patrol cousins. Okay. Trillo. Sure. So Paul Petroleo was a reputable Taylor he had emigrated from Naples in one thousand nine hundred ten and he was known as Paul patrol. Oh, the Taylor too classy dressers. Ooh, very nice. What a name. So like, I said great depression. So he actually lost his shop and was facing financial ruin. And meanwhile, his cousin Herman Petroleo emigrated to Philly as hold on. Let me take a photo. I hold on. Wait, hold on. There is there's Herman. So this is Herman. Meanwhile, Herman emigrated to Philadelphia as a spaghetti salesman. What dream job? Yeah. Every job. I know. And I was like, wow. Like, I looked everywhere. And it was just casually a thing like he was just casually as this. Nineteen thirty. Okay. So he was a spaghetti salesman. But they also called him because you know, the newspapers were all like trying to find flashy way two ways to say things. So they called him the pasta peddler. And so I didn't even like make this up the first, and that's why he drives the literally pasta peddler. I was like we'll see what happens. So this is what I got from Corey. That's exactly how I imagine. I know. I mean, that's so I say I will say it was it was hard to pick. It was hard to pick because every single person sent me a drawing of a man in a trenchcoat flashing everyone with noodles, and I was like I just got pick one. But I mean, it's it's I think every single one was a guy in a trenchcoat flashing. Everybody was like the original post mates. I imagined someone just wants to your door. Like, hey, do you want some Harambee Yoli? Slipped. We're very hung. We've always been much time together. Okay. Cool. So anyway, he was literally a pasta peddler. It wasn't even out of context. That's probably what he looked like. So after okay. So he was like, well, I can't I guess I guess in Naples he could do that for a living. But when he got to Philly, he was like, I can't make a living doing this. So I need a new job. So he tried being a barber for a while. And then he decided they were easier ways to make money, you know, like arson. Yup. Yup. And then very quickly. He realized that that wasn't gonna work because within a few weeks, they were like you've burned down ten buildings at least. He's good at it. He's not really because they were like, you just burned down ten buildings. You don't get money out of this. And he's oh, I understand cashing things. Very good at setting things on fire. Right. Right. Just not for his own benefit. Basically. I hear you. Right. So he he and Paul decided they were going to team up and pull their resources. So Paul had recently picked up the fine art of counterfeiting money and was running an insurance scam business out of the back of his tailor shop to the classy dressers, you know, that one and he would target the sick and elderly and basically make them like like convince them to buy these plans, and then just wait for them to die because they were elderly and sick. And then he would list himself as a cousin or a brother and get the money. Okay. Got it. Okay. Note taken. Okay. So they decide to partner up and decide. A new decide to start a new business venture quotes either. Okay. So. Sorry, enter I don't know what I'm talking about. Enter a guy named Morris boulder. Good. I like where this is going. He's a Russian immigrant gang member. Let me show you for them. Serious. And like we went to Easter just. Just quick aside. I picked this photo because it's his mugshot from eastern state penitentiary. It's a little throwback to your episode back in the day. Thanks, just for you. So this is Morris Bulwer now this Mojo has quite quite a colorful past.."