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Greg Bucceroni is on Dr. Phil and the Cover of the Daily News Today

Kyle Scott - September 28, 2012

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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. 

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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.

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Greg Bucceroni Made a Bit of a Scene at a Press Conference Held by Graham Spanier’s Lawyers

Kyle Scott - August 23, 2012

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Graham Spanier and his lawyers came out with guns blazing yesterday in an attempt to blow holes in the Freeh Report.  

First, Spanier’s attorneys held a press conference in Philadelphia. Later in the day, Spanier’s interview with The New Yorker was put online and, in the evening, the former Penn State president appeared on ABC News.

Spanier (and his lawyers) pointed out that despite former FBI director Louis Freeh sifting through thousands of emails and interviewing over 430 people, they only discovered two somewhat incriminating messages and cited a few interviews in coming to the conclusion that Spanier, along with Schultz, Curley and Paterno, were basically the worst people on earth.

Spanier also hinted that Freeh’s investigation was a witch hunt for easy fall guys.

That last, more nefarious assertion is vehemently backed by Greg Bucceroni, the Philadelphia man who told me (and anyone else willing to listen) that he was sexually abused by Philadelphia businessman Ed Savitz from 1977-1980. Bucceroni claims that Savitz sent his naked pictures to Jerry Sandusky and twice introduced him to the The Coach at the Second Mile. We chronicled Bucceroni’s tale here.

Yesterday, Bucceroni, a charter school police officer, followed up on his word and showed up to support Spanier. He caused a bit of a scene at the conclusion of the presser, which you can see at the 1:20 mark of the video after the jump.

Bucceroni’s claims go like this: He says he was abused by Savitz over 30 years ago and was nearly pimped out to Sandusky as part of a child porn ring that included involvement from Philly and New York mobsters. Among other accusations against powerful people who, he claims, covered up child abuse, Bucceroni believes that Freeh, who investigated the mob around that time when he was with the FBI, purposely didn’t include any information from before 1998 in his report because he knew it would turn up a much deeper scandal. It’s a bit of a stretch, but Bucceroni sticks by his story… as you can see by his appearance at yesterday’s press conference.

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This Guy Says He was Offered $200 to Have Sex With Jerry Sandusky in 1979 and 1980 as Part of a Child Sex Ring

Kyle Scott - August 15, 2012

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Back in November, just days after the Jerry Sandusky story broke, Mark Madden, a sometimes blowhard radio host and columnist from Pittsburgh, was telling anyone who would listen about an alleged investigation that focused on a child porn ring in which young boys were pimped out to Second Mile donors. 

At the time, that tale seemed a bit far-fetched, but it made its rounds in the media and on this site. The story quickly went away, though, and there were no more (legitimate) mentions of it. Until last Friday. That’s when CBS and Radar Online released similar but separate reports that said Sandusky was being investigated for his part in a child porn ring that sent letters to and illegal photos of children across state lines and, maybe, shared rape victims.

[We detailed those reports on Monday.]

Suddenly, that whole “it goes deeper than just Sandusky” sentiment that many assumed, but didn’t want to acknowledge, was given a shred of credibility.

One man, who had already hinted at the existence of a porn ring, was finally given a foundation to support his wild tale.

Greg Bucceroni, 49, garnered quite a bit of intertube attention for himself last week when he commented on a Daily Collegian article (Penn State student newspaper), alleging that he was abused over 250 times by Philadelphia businessman Ed Savitz, who died in 1993 while awaiting trial on a litany of disgusting charges. Savitz, Bucceroni wrote, was involved in a child porn ring that included the Second Mile, Sandusky, mobsters, and seemingly everyone from Jimmy Hoffa to the Loch Ness Monster. His assertions were not unlike many website comments, meaning that they were certainly thought-provoking, intriguing, and perhaps damning, but provided little evidence to back up extraordinary claims (because, no, Nessy never attended a Second Mile fundraiser– we looked into it).

Though there were the obvious red flags that go with most comments, Bucceroni’s story was a bit different. He used his real name (a rarity) and, as it turns out, has told his story to major publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and New York Daily News. He also works as a school police officer and is part of a crime-fighting task force.

Last December, Bucceroni, spurred by recent events at Penn State, told the Inquirer of the horrible, deviant and vile abuse he suffered at the hands of Savitz from 1977-1980. Bucceroni made no mention of Sandusky, however.

In July, Bucceroni told the New York Daily News about his abuse… and the time  Savitz drove him to a Second Mile fundraiser to hand deliver his enrollment forms for the charity to The Coach, Jerry Sandusky.

More recently, last Thursday, just a day before the CBS and Radar Online released their reports, Bucceroni spoke to WJAC TV in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, telling them about his encounters with Sandusky.

The next day, the reports of an FBI investigation into Sandusky’s participation in a child porn ring came out and, suddenly, Bucceroni’s claims didn’t seem that far-fetched.

I spoke with Bucceroni for nearly three hours on Sunday night, and what he had to say was, for lack of a better word, disturbing.

[What follows is an extremely graphic account of alleged illicit child sexual abuse and the pimping out of young boys to men, including Jerry Sandusky. The language included is NSFW and, even for this site, quite graphic.]

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