Do you have any idea how Arnone got the name "Nigsy"? I'll tell you as I know a guy who grew up in Erie's "Little Italy" and was a childhood friend of "Nigsy".Robert Dorler of Ohio was convicted of killing Bolo Dovoshaw in his basement. Caesar testified against Dorler and granted immunity. Ferritto and Ciotti found the body in the basement along with the old icepick to the eyeballs. The first cop called was Frank Rotunda, an ex-Bob Owen associate and confidant while Caesar's alibi was that he was at the Sports Page sucking up a few at the time of the killing. Rotunda was later found guilty of a "murder-for-hire" plot involving ex-con Jimmy Troop and die penitentiary time along with Montevecchio and Ciotti. All but Owen, Ferritto and Dovoshaw are out walking the streets. By the way, Nigsy Arnone was implicated but later acquitted of the murder of Dovoshaw. I guess Nigsy had a lot of gambling debts which they tried to prove was the motive.
Apparently Arnone as a kid spent one particular summer down in Florida with a relative.When he came back to Erie for the start of school all his local pals could not help but notice how dark his skin had become spending all that time in the sun.So.... they decided to give him his nickname..... one that has stayed with him forever.True story.