Last month, I interviewed Greg Bucceroni, the school police officer (and apparent former mobster) who claims that he was abused from 1977-1980 by powerful Philadelphia businessman Ed Savitz, who died of AIDS while awaiting trial for doing all sorts of vile things to young boys. Bucceroni says that Savitz took nude photos of him and tried to pimp him out to Jerry Sandusky.
Bucceroni has spoken to many media outlets – some independent, some mainstream – about his alleged abuse. He claims that Ed Rendell and other famous and infamous men covered up a massive child sex ring involving Savitz, Sandusky and others. [Rendell, Bucceroni says, received campaign contributions from Savitz.]
Parts of his story are believable, other parts – specifically, the accusations against politicians and other notables – seem far-fetched.
Today, Bucceroni will tell the story on Dr. Phil. Here’s a preview of the show:
Bucceroni is also the subject of a Daily News cover story, which basically calls him a liar.
Specifically, the story’s writer, William Bender, finds that Bucceroni’s claims about Rendell (the DN story cites what Bucceroni told me– that he wanted to put a fucking bullet in Rendell's head), mobsters, cops, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and others, don’t check out: [Philly.com]
These only scratch the surface of Bucceroni's latest allegations. None of it checks out.
Bucceroni says he told Rendell about Savitz's abuse when Rendell was D.A. in the late '70s or early '80s. Rendell said Bucceroni is lying.
"That guy is completely crazy. I don't know anything about what he's talking about, and none of it's true," Rendell said. "The guy is just crackers."
Bucceroni says that he contacted senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan, who prosecuted the Sandusky case, in July and that McGettigan was "rude and obnoxious" and tried to talk him into giving false testimony.
"That's an absolute lie," McGettigan said. He said he doesn't know Bucceroni and doesn't recall ever speaking with him.
"The story keeps evolving and changing," said Sara Ganim, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Patriot-News reporter who broke the Sandusky story. Ganim said Bucceroni contacted her over the summer with new allegations, but couldn't provide details. Bucceroni has since been harassing her by email and with vulgar tweets, Ganim said.
"I asked him for the names of other guys in the pedophile ring, and he said he could only remember first names," Ganim said. "Now he can remember all these famous pedophiles?"
Ralph Cipriano, a former Inquirer reporter who interviewed Bucceroni for his book The Hit Man, about Philly mobster John Veasey, said he considered Bucceroni to be "spectacularly unreliable" and cut him from the book because "his facts did not seem to be reality-based."
A federal law-enforcement source familiar with Bucceroni said he is not considered credible.
"He runs around grabbing headlines," said a close relative. "That's what I think this is. Somebody needs to out him. It's not fair to the real victims."
The relative said that Bucceroni's "family is beside itself."
I agree with most of that skepticism. Here’s what I wrote in my post last month:
Bucceroni’s biographical information checks out, too. He is, in fact, who he says he is. Records show that he works as a police officer for a charter school in the city (so does the Google machine) and that he’s part of an anti-crime task force. His brother, Kevin, is the school board president in Blackwood.
But, then there are the somewhat fantastical portions of Bucceroni's story.
He was involved in mob activities until around the time he was 18, when he joined the military. He not only claims to have met Sandusky, but also to have met, worked with, or been involved in situations surrounding Mumia Abu-Jamal and the cop he was convicted of killing in 1981, Daniel Faulkner. And Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke, of Goodfellas fame. It’s a lot to digest and, if true, would make Bucceroni the Forrest Gump of unfortunate encounters. But perhaps it’s all plausible for someone involved with the mafia around that time.
The mob ties and crazy stories about being involved with such notorious criminals cast doubt on everything else Bucceroni says, and every accusation he makes. Again, the Forrest Gump thing.