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Mobster Gets Last Laugh in Obit

January 28, 2000

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ A mobster who died while serving time for drug trafficking got the last laugh _ with his obituary.

Saul Kane, 65, a former associate of Nicodemo ``Little Nicky″ Scarfo, died Jan. 20 of respiratory problems linked to a heart condition.

Kane, who was serving a 25-year prison term in Louisville, Ky., had his family deliver a death notice the newspapers couldn’t refuse: It listed the imprisoned Scarfo as his brother and Scarfo’s son as one of his own sons. The notice was published Saturday in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Press of Atlantic City.

Listing Scarfo as a relative was Kane’s way of pointing up his loyalty, according to an unidentified investigator quoted by the Inquirer.

Kane was convicted in the drug case in 1987 and sentenced to 95 years in prison, in part because he refused to give authorities information about Scarfo. The sentence was later reduced.

``What he’s saying is that he was loyal to the end,″ the investigator said. ``What he’s saying is that, unlike some others, he wasn’t a rat.″

Kane had always had a reputation as a wiseguy, even among his fellow wiseguys.

He operated an Atlantic City lounge called the My Way _ as in the Frank Sinatra song. When law enforcement investigators identified the My Way as a mob hangout in the late 1970s, Kane took out an advertisement in the Press saying, ``Come meet the Mob at the My Way.″

``The bottom line is, he got the last laugh. From the grave, he was still busting,″ mob informant George Fresolone said in Tuesday’s Inquirer.

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