A short life full of giving

Jason Sannasardo was charged in the fatal stabbing of Michael Franzone, as well as the wounding of his friend. Franzone was attempting to break up a fight between the two.

By Lorraine Gennaro
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Barbara Franzone received a phone call from Methodist Hospital around 11 p.m. July 19 asking if she was the mother of Michael Franzone. When she said yes, the hospital representative told her to come over as soon as possible.

Overcome by fear, Barbara ran from her house on the 2300 block of South 17th Street, she said Monday. When she arrived at the hospital, doctors were frantically trying to save her only son's life.

"I held his hand real tight and said, 'Mommy's here. I won't leave you,'" she said.

Instead, her 19-year-old left her.

"He was my only son. I lived for him," she said of the South Philadelphia High School graduate.

Recounting the ordeal, she breaks down with those present weeping with her. Sharing in her grief were husband, Michael Sr.; their two daughters, Savannah, 10, and Nadia, 18; Barbara's three siblings, Susan Cima, Judy DeLaurentiis and John DeLaurentiis; family friend Amy Rockwood; and Michael's friend, Justin Fiordimondo, 21.

"It gets harder every day. He didn't get a chance to live his life," said Michael Sr., who owns a business in the Philadelphia Regional Produce Terminal on the 3300 block of South Galloway Street. The hope of his son taking over that business has been dashed, he said.

John DeLaurentiis, who lives in the neighborhood, said the slaying of his nephew has left him numb. Sister Susan walks over and places a comforting arm around him. John was more like a brother than an uncle to Michael, added Barbara.

POLICE SAID FRANZONE died while trying to break up a fight that occurred at 10:30 p.m. July 19 between his 20-year-old friend and Jason Sannasardo, also 20, across the street from St. Richard Church, 3010 S. 18th St.

Sannasardo allegedly stabbed Franzone in the chest and the friend in the left arm during an argument over a girl, said Inspector Bill Colarulo of the Police Public Affairs Unit. Sannasardo's current girlfriend is the ex of Franzone's friend, said the inspector.

Homicide detectives charged Sannasardo, from the 1000 block of Mollbore Terrace, last Thursday with Franzone's slaying.

None of Franzone's family or friends said they knew Sannasardo or anything about him, but that Franzone was the type who would help his friends.

"I'm very angry. I feel like my son did not deserve that. No one has the right to commit a violent crime like that," said Barbara.

Those who knew Michael remember him as a teen that mentored neighborhood children, as well as a person that was close to his family.

"He was just a really, really good person," said Fiordimondo. "He always talked about his family. He loved his sisters."

Fiordimondo and Michael were friends for about five years and the two often would shoot hoops together. Michael excelled at sports and, when Fiordimondo first met him, he called Michael "A.I." after 76ers star Allen Iverson.

Franzone played basketball and soccer at St. Monica grade school and participated in many neighborhood basketball and baseball leagues. Aside from basketball, the teen loved to cook - and eat, his mother and father recalled with a laugh.

To further strengthen the family bond, Michael and his family would have Sunday dinner at his maternal grandparents' house at Ninth and Jackson streets.

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1. lauren tenuto said... on Jul 8, 2009 at 09:43PM

“mike wuz a great guy he was like a brother 2 me”

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2. kat said... on Mar 28, 2010 at 01:11PM

“he was not a good kid he did drugs and was caught robbing houses. the police knew him well”

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3. Really? said... on Apr 16, 2010 at 03:27PM

“Kat, honestly you should not even be posting something like that under this article...even if this is true, it is irrelevant to the fact that this child was murdered...a 19 year old kid!!! I did not know him but Only God Can Judge. You must not have any children of your own!!!!!!!!!!”

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4. JF said... on Apr 21, 2010 at 11:58PM

“I DID know Michael and he had a heart of gold. NEVER robbed houses or did drugs. His murderer on the other hand had a prior stabbing history and took the life of a VERY good person. Kat you obviously have some wrong information or maybe YOU are the one that is on drugs. It is totally unnecessary to bash Michaels name with false allegations after he was killed and by a previously convicted criminal. The negativity needs to be directed to the murderer not the victim here. Hopefully you or your family wont ever have to go through what all of Michaels friends and family did after this very unfortunate incident. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF FOR EVEN HAVING THE NERVE TO WRITE SOMETHING LIKE THAT ON THIS ARTICLE.”

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5. Anonymous said... on May 3, 2010 at 10:46PM

“kat, really you must be clearly on have no idea what you are talking about.Its obvious you did not know anything about michael...he was the most honest and the sweetest person you ever could of meant with a genuine heart of gold. you better hope you or any one in your family never has to go through what his family has to deal with every single really is sad that there sick people like yourself in this world.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jason should rot in hell.”

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6. Ladybug said... on Jun 23, 2010 at 12:01AM

“I'm honored to have known such a beautiful person. He was respectful, kind, and had more friends than you could imagine. There are no words to describe the magnitude of loss. To have known Michael was to love him. There just was no other way. He could light any room with a smile. He was that good kid!”

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7. 1j6 said... on Jul 19, 2010 at 03:31PM

“zone was 1 of the best guys i ever new we all did some dumb things in life but zone didnt deserve what had happen to him and if anyone was on drugs it was that junky jason he should have got life he took 1 of my favorite people in the world from us. i love you and miss you so much until we meet again love you my angel rip Michael Franzone”

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8. 3t0 said... on Oct 25, 2010 at 10:44PM

“jason should of got self-defense. He was getting jumped thats bull.”

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9. RC said... on Nov 16, 2010 at 09:41AM

“Self Defense?? On drugs and robbed houses?? You people are ridiculous trash. I knew that kid since he was about 8 years old and he didn't do drugs, rob anyone or anything and most importantly didn't deserve to be murdered in cold blood. I happened to be at the hospital the night picking my mom up from work when the car rushed up to the ER with Zone in the back...dying!!! I also worked there and spoke to the staff who tried to save his life and they all agreed that from the position of his heart you could see that his arms were open wide, not in a fighting stance. Nobody was getting jumped. And what happened to fighting with fists?? Zone wasn't perfect but he wasn't violent and he was a great person. You little punks should learn to fight with your hands instead of always trying to use weapons. And you two are prime examples of why the world is the way it is: you defend the criminals and try to justify their action, instead of sympathizing with the victim. Please don't breed”

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10. NADIA FRANZONE said... on Mar 17, 2011 at 04:37PM

“For some reason I just came across this. Any junky 30th streeter who has something to say COME SEE ME. Your dirtball friend jason DOES drugs and robbed houses and on top of that kills people. So you still want to slander my brothers name six years after his death you can deal with me. No good is produced from your low life selves. Keep talkin s*** crumbs. And jason wasn't jumped learn the facts before you want to comment s***”

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11. Michael said... on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:00PM

“Michael was a respectful kid and it showed. There had to be more than 500 people at his viewing, which truly says a lot about the type of person he was. He gave everyone respect, and everybody respected him. Can all you idiots talking s*** say 500 people will come out to show respect when you die? I don't think so because anybody who talks about the dead is a crumb. Don't talk about somebody you didn't know...”

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12. nadia franzone said... on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:21PM

“and whoever "kat" may be im surprised you're still alive and didn't OD yet. Take another oxy.....

the 1500 people who showed up to Michael's funeral proved my brother's character, unlike your friend who had six people sit behind him.

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13. Bianca said... on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:46PM

“Nadia and michael are two of my best friends whom i grew up with....michael was still to this day one my best friends and one of the greatest people i have ever had the pleasure of knowing....i could gone on to narrate all of the positive qualities that michael possessed but anyone that knew him already knows.....his tragedy still tell this day brings sadness to his family and our whole community....the lack of respect is disgusting on ignorant peoples behalf.....Michael we love and miss you!”

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14. Anonymous said... on Mar 18, 2011 at 01:01PM

“It's a tragedy for what happend to this young man, who was respected and loved in his community. I never knew him personally, but I am a friend of Nadia's. Any one who chooses to take someone's life deserves the consequences. This story sickens me and I believe it could have been prevented. I hope that girl was worth it. Sannasardo's parole is approaching. I hope this coward rotts in that cell for another 60 years. God bless Michael, his family and friends, and any young person who has been a victim of a hateful and sinful crime.”

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15. nadia said... on Mar 18, 2011 at 03:48PM

“I am appalled that the South Philly Review even allows such commentary to be taking place. To allow one to express how they feel in such a negative demeanor is quit careless on the South Philly Review's part. The paper should pre review each comment before it is submitted. My brother was not on drugs nor did he ever rob a house. He was slain by a cold blood murderer, let him rest in peace. Whomever the savages are commenting this under different aliases; I only pray you will never have to go through what my family has.”

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16. Anonymous said... on Mar 21, 2011 at 04:19PM

“I can't believe the ignorance of some people but then again they are probably the same losers who knew the other scumbag who did this!!!! It's very disrespectful to write about something or someone you have no clue about....Just shows your character...I agree with you Nad it's a disgrace that the South Philly Review would allow such a thing and I will call them and let them know because it's a disgrace...Hang in there babe and screw these ass*****”

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17. Anonymous said... on Mar 23, 2011 at 03:38PM

“I'm from the same neighborhood as Jason and the kid was a known junky and trouble maker. Like somebody said in an earlier comment he had a history of stabbing people. This kid was a straight piece of s***. I'm also upset that they put their comments under "3t0". Just like every other neighborhood in South Philly, there are good and bad people, and I hope this doesn't reflect on the good people from my neighborhood. Doesn't matter where you're from, you could be from Mars and realize that Jason was 100% wrong. It's a shame what happened because I knew Michael too but I wasn't close with him. Everytime I was with him he was a great kid nothing but laughing and loving life.”

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18. Anonymous said... on Mar 24, 2011 at 10:10PM


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19. Anonymous said... on Mar 25, 2011 at 01:29PM

“Jason Sannasardo has no right to ever walk the streets again after taking the life of such a great person like Michael Franzone. I know the family very well, especially Nadia. They don't deserve to go through what's being placed upon them right now. Nothing can bring that beautiful boy back, he was truly one of a kind. RIP ZONE”

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20. Anonymous said... on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:25PM

“What a life to take..what a bond to break. RIP MICHAEL. You will never be forgotten. You were such a beautiful person inside and out. Your legacy will live on forever. I know your family won't stop at nothing to make sure justice is served for you”

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21. Anonymous said... on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:18PM

“I can't believe people even have the right to say such means things about a young boy who was so tragically taken. You can tell by the two pictures on this article who was low class and who looked like a nice respectful young man. Michael Franzone does not have a second chance at life, neither should a scumbag like Jason.

To the Franzone family, we will never forget your son/brother/nephew/grandson...he was the epitome of a beautiful person. May Michael rest in peace.”

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22. tjc3844 said... on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:00PM

“Maybe if this guy got out of the market at 14K, he wouldn't have to rob houses and be a junkie.”

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23. Anonymous said... on Mar 30, 2011 at 06:07PM

“@tjc3844- what does that mean?”

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24. Dmil99 said... on Mar 31, 2011 at 09:47AM

“Sounds like this Jason kid had roid rage. I bet he was distinctively bigger that year over previous years, right? Classic example of what PEDs do to you.”

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25. tjc3844 said... on Mar 31, 2011 at 02:34PM

“It means if he invested wisely as I have done through stock purchases of JC Penny LTD and Cracker Barrell Inc, this young man wouldn't need to rob houses and be on drugs like a common Goldsboro hoodlum”

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26. arak3 said... on Mar 31, 2011 at 08:19PM

“Played roller hockey with Zone. he was a good kid. Even gave me good advice when I bought my universal remote. RIP.”

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27. Buckeye70 said... on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:00AM

“Happens everywhere.”

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28. RIP MIKE said... on Apr 1, 2011 at 09:01PM

“Yes, unfortunately homicides occur too often, especially in Philadelphia. But this is no ordinary person that we lost. Everyone should keep their comments to themselves. May Michael rest in peace!!!”

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29. Bilal said... on Apr 4, 2011 at 08:16AM

“BB2N x 10”

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30. NN1188 said... on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:29PM

“As someone familiar with incarseration (was cited for drinking a Rolling Rock outside a Wawa in Radnor) I know how difficult this is.

Go Phils!!!!! WFC 2008!”

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31. Anonymous said... on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:14AM

“@Nn1188--dont write on here again you moron”

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32. Dmil99 said... on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:42PM

“Leave NN1188 alone, you COP-ers. When I get ahold of him at the next family function, I'll straighten this out.”

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33. Anonymous said... on Apr 7, 2011 at 10:15AM

“Only comment on this page if its something relevant about Michael. And no ones a cop, I wish I was so I could find out who all you idiots are hiding your identities..grow up 30th street white trash JUNKSTERS”

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34. NickleDimer said... on Apr 7, 2011 at 03:20PM

“Don't know who I hate more. Thieving murdering scum like this kid or Jamie Moyer. It's a tie really.”

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35. Michael said... on Apr 13, 2011 at 01:41PM

“Whoever called the 30th streeters junkies is an idiot, did you not c the post from a 30th streeter expressing that he knows jason is a piece of sh*t and asking that his neighborhood be stereotyped because of the actions of 1 man? Tjc, what do your stocks have to do with anything, go on with that s*** because here you sound ignorant speaking about completely irrelevant things... kat, go jump off a f***ing bridge you ignorant c*nt, how dare u slander the name of an innocent child murdered for no apparent reason, you should b ashamed... the death of michael has caused a personal pain that is with me to this day, and to c people who didnt even no him post their 2 cent opinions angers me, pray that u never lose a loved one, because if u do u will regret everything you said here.”

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36. JohnnyGentle said... on Apr 13, 2011 at 02:08PM

“Everyone up in arms cause a white boy died. How typical. Although this is tragic, this happens 3-4 times a day in the hood. Where's the outrage then? No one cares. There is none. But godforbid a white dude gets killed and it's the end of the world.

You people are so obtuse.”

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37. Anonymous said... on Apr 14, 2011 at 11:20AM


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38. chris a said... on Apr 14, 2011 at 11:35AM

“Zone was a great friend and more like a brother to me for all you people who didnt know zone has no right to talk about him.Zone was well loved and well respected by many and would always be there for a friend in need i miss zone everyday theres not a day i dont think about zone.Some people just dont know how to show respect your a bunch of a”

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39. Anonymous said... on Apr 14, 2011 at 01:24PM

“No one gives a f*** about the hood that's why. This was a senseless act of violence.”

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40. tjc3844 said... on Apr 14, 2011 at 03:39PM

“@Michael, stop being so boring and typical. I bet you're an "alt" handle or part of the same small group of people that loves to harass others who are having a rational conversation. Lurker!”

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41. FreddyShoop said... on Apr 14, 2011 at 09:31PM

“Wish I could post a pic of a kid swinging and missing. If I wasnt so busy scouting Rita's franchises, I'd quote The Wire instead.”

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42. vucat05 said... on Apr 15, 2011 at 12:39PM

“Zone and I used to go to the movies together alot. Great guy. The fun we had with those girls working the ticket booth. Good times. RIP, cuz.”

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43. Anonymous said... on Apr 15, 2011 at 12:41PM

“I wish my mom was a crackhead and my dad left us and I sat home all day getting high in my grandmoms dirty house and came on here and wrote bogus things...oh wait I'm not friends with jason... That's what they do; hide behind who they really are, snort 6 oxy's and write on here. That's sad this is how u receive entertainment, I mean if I was as unfortunate as you people were with no education and no future I'd do the same... You will all get ur day scumbags”

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44. Anonymous said... on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:08PM

“Everything said about Jason is BOGUS !!!! I've known him very well since he was a child !!!!!!!!”

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45. Anonymous said... on Apr 16, 2011 at 10:55PM

“If you know him so well it should go without saying he is a lowlife, scumbag, junky, MURDERER. Not that bogus.”

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46. Anonymous said... on Apr 17, 2011 at 07:22PM

“What should go without saying is that he came from a very good family. He's mother is terrific person and mom, his grandparents also!! No one is condoning what happened. Like the judge said this was a tradgedy for both families, and if it were not for Billy Bocutto stoping his car. Michael would still be alive. Why dont someone think about that ?? And as far as being from 30th st thats wrong . Get your story stright talk about scumbags do you know what your talking about, he was not a junky. He was jumped by both of them !!!!! What ever happened to Billy ?? NOTHING ( Put the blame on him for a change )”

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47. Dr VanNostrand said... on Apr 18, 2011 at 09:14AM

“Jason was a good dude. When his girl gave birth, he gave a good push present to her. Not all guys do that for their girl. It's admirable.”

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48. Anonymous said... on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:11AM

“Yes Jason is a good kid!!!! But you are mistaken he dont have any kids!!!!”

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49. Anonymous said... on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:45AM

“I'm confused here are you really debating that someone who PURPOSELY had a knife on them and was in no way shape or form reluctant to use it was a good kid? He murdered michael, stabbed Billy, and previously stabbed another man how do those actions define him as a "good kid"? I'm sure his mom is terrific, I'm sure his grandparents are also, but is he terrific? Absolutely NOT! He WILLINGLY took the life of a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend that no one will ever see again because JASON took his life, not billy. I agree the car should have never been stopped, but you are also forgetting details that jason gestured the two to get out of the car. He was not jumped, medical records stated "michael's hands were not swollen or bruised, and the position he was standing when stabbed proves he was not engaged in a fight." Jason will be out of prison shortly and will be able to continue on with his life. Michael does not have that opportunity bc jason MURDERED him. Good kid????”

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50. Gerald Ung said... on Apr 18, 2011 at 11:54AM

“Gun to your head, do you think this Jason had a shot in life being a 30th streeter? No chance. Hope he's having a blast in prison. His self defense story had more holes in it than a LAX player doing 1 armed chinups.”

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51. Buckeye70 said... on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:39PM

“Hate to be stickler but I doubt the 1500
stat on funeral attendance is accurate.
If I had to guess, 1200-1225 tops. Most
from South Philly for sure but I'm betting a good
portion from Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Camden
and even Gloucester counties. Nice to see a good
turnout from neighboring counties

Mea Culpa!


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52. Tom Corbs said... on Apr 18, 2011 at 03:36PM

“I applaud the Review for tackling tough issues like this. Hardest hitting journalism in the Northeast corridor of South Philly.”

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53. Anonymous said... on Apr 18, 2011 at 08:33PM

“Take a look a Jason's face he had a broken nose and those marks are not moles, they are marks form being beaten. Michael sucker punched him first, and no he should'nt have had the knife ( it was for work he should have left it at home) Bucutto said on the stand that if he went down he was not gonna get up. The law states that when you are getting beaten as Jason was you must retreat, well when your being held up against a truck with nowhere to go what do you do?? Again i am not condoning useing a knife, but you tell me what was he supposed to do ? I am very sorry for his Michaels family as well as Jason's. Now it's all starting again with the papers being circulated in neighborhoods for people to sign to keep him in prison. Jason was and is still devestated that this happened , why do you think he turned himself in the next day ? He has to live with this for the rest of his life. This is just awful why cant people just let Michael rest in peace.!!!”

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54. hot rod 10th st said... on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:58PM

“yo you ppl are wrong for slandering michaels name the way use are and as for jason only person that can judge him is god i feel bad for both families they both suffer Rip Micheal Franzone”

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55. Anonymous said... on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:31PM

“If you want to get technical with the "law" states "only protect your life if you feel as though you are in imminent danger." A fist fight is not grounds to take a knife out and aim for a vital organ. Hypothetically speaking if he was up against a truck (which he wasn't) you still don't pull out a murder weapon. And if he was getting beaten as badly as u claim don't u think he'd have swelling, bruises, or any other prominent marks on his face?? There is absolutely no justification, you can sit here and plead your case all day long. People are protesting they don't want him back on the street because they don't feel safe having a person who stabbed three people back in the neighborhood. A murderer is not rehabilitated in six years. We fear our safety having him rejoin society. Two things that will not change in this case: michael will never be with us again..and jason sannasardo is cold blood murderer!!”

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56. Bilal Benn said... on Apr 19, 2011 at 11:06PM

“Heard Jason is being transferred to a prison in Niagara before his release.”

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57. psca123456 said... on Apr 20, 2011 at 11:15AM

“Hate to say I told you so but I just knew this would turn into a p***ing match. And let's not slam our judicial system. Like it or not, it is the most robust system out there and I have full faith in it.”

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58. Anonymous said... on Apr 21, 2011 at 09:15AM

“This is all B.S. Jason was beaten by Michael and Billy. Take a look at the photo again, his nose is swollen his face has marks ( cuts ) If i was beaten as he was i would have used anything i could get my hands on. And yes he was up against a truck an F150, People can protest all they want he is getting out !!! He is not a MURDERER it was SELF DEFENCE!!!!!
You can sign all the papers you want it wont help !This was all fixed with the judge from the begining everyone knows that, even the police !!!!! Why did Billy bring a lawyer to court????????”

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59. gldndog said... on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:59AM

“Hope when Jason gets out he takes life by the horns and forgets all this negativity. He should hang with me at ICE nightclub in KOP.”

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60. nadia franzone said... on Apr 21, 2011 at 04:18PM


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61. nadia franzone said... on Apr 21, 2011 at 04:22PM

“All you people signing things anonymously please feel free to write your name. I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks guys!!”

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62. nadia franzone said... on Apr 21, 2011 at 04:30PM

“Just to make one thing clear nothing was fixed in this case, so if you low lives have any respect for my family stop writing on this. My brother is dead, and there's only person responsible for that. Stop trying to jason's action. He's always going to be viewed in society as a scumbag he took someone's life..end of story.”

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63. Anonymous said... on Apr 21, 2011 at 09:45PM

“The onley scumbag is you!! Big mouth thats what you are !!! You think you know it all but you dont !!! You dont want to believe what is true.
IT WAS FIXED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thats all there is to it,so why dont you just go bartend in another country. Like Japan!! End of story.”

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64. Anonymous said... on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:00PM


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65. Dmil99 said... on Apr 22, 2011 at 04:01PM

“Gotta love the COP. One group of trash fighting with another group trash over who's to blame for a senseless death. This wouldn't happen in Tenafly, NJ.”

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66. nadia franzone said... on Apr 22, 2011 at 04:09PM

“See the difference between me and you is I can write my name and you will still write under ones a big mouth I think you all know that. Everyone of you seen my wrath and called the cops every time something occurred. I'm a scumbag? I'm more educated, and have way more class than you'll ever get to experience in ur sad pathetic lives. I'm so glad you're so intrigued with my personal life and know all about my jobs. Just to add to the list I am still in school in case you want to add that to what else you would like to know about me. Let's call a spade a spade here; jason murdered michael received a sentence of 15-27 then went up for an appeal won that and got a reduced sentence of 7-15, so what is fixed? Please do me a favor and write your name under your posts. Love, Big mouth :) :) :)”

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67. nadia said... on Apr 22, 2011 at 04:22PM

“I have more class than to respond to your illiterate posts and feed into what you have to say. So you will be receiving nothing else out of me. Have a good day, trash!”

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68. Anonymous said... on Apr 22, 2011 at 09:24PM


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69. in response to KAT said... on Apr 23, 2011 at 11:44AM

“looks to me that this jason clown was known to cops , if i remember right he was involved in another stabbing and whats he do again , he still carried a knife, i dont no about everybody else but he was sitting with his girlfriend that nite armed, how many people bring knives to go sit with a girl.”

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70. Jamie Jude said... on May 5, 2011 at 11:37AM

“Alot of people posting here need to grow up. Why don't you have a red bull and a pity party for yourselves.”

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71. Petey Buckles said... on May 6, 2011 at 10:41AM

“Shut up, Jamie before I post a link to your blog.”

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72. Rayhad Jackson said... on May 6, 2011 at 10:09PM

“Bet Jason looks yummy in his prison garb”

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73. Anonymous said... on May 13, 2011 at 07:40PM

“He does look yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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74. FreddyShoop said... on May 16, 2011 at 09:14AM

“Buckinsf over here”

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75. lr205 said... on Jun 6, 2011 at 02:59PM

“Luckily my grandpop banned me from going outside after dusk and limits my interweb usage so this would never happen to me.”

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76. nardibynature said... on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:22AM

“Violence never solved anything. There are alot of "alt"ernatives to taking a life.”

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77. tjc3844 said... on Jun 14, 2011 at 09:07AM

“I've been watching this comment section for 100 days and love it. I count the days from the last comment left of the night until the start of the next day. But, I'm so glad this bickering is coming to an end shortly. I have seen a lot of bad comment sections over the years but this one is the worst. Yes even worse than the comments left for the Kermit Gosnell abortion story on From the 1st 5 comment mark of this page until the midway point on this page I thought OH YEAH the comments are back! 49 first half arguments and all the bickering was back so I was sure the faith we all had was right. The second half was the most uninspired half of comment leaving I've seen people in South Philly team make in my whole 100 days. I wish this story woould be over and we didn't have to endure another comment before it is. The commenters here had the chance to be the best in South Philly Review history but they imploded because I think they just didn't give a damn. I won't miss them.

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78. 1J6 said... on Jun 14, 2011 at 04:16PM

“tjc, shut up and get off this page. First you come here talking about wall street stocks then this garbage above. Come around 16th street and try to say this crap. I'll be waiting.”

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79. ncaaball said... on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:19PM

“I have to admit I'm a sicko internet troll. It was me who posted under the names tjc3844, Dmil, Nickel Dimer, Freddy Shoop, psca and several others. I spend all of my waking hours trying to stir up trouble whervever I can. I'm best known on where I go out of my way to argue with anyone I can.”

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80. ncaaball said... on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:28PM

“nardibynature, lr205, Rayhad Jackson, gldndog, Bilal Benn, Tom Corbs, Buckeye70, arak3, NN1188 and Johnny Gentle are all me. Stop by the Benchwarmers message board at so we can chat some more! Btw, those are real posters on Benchwarmers whose handles I used to post here.”

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81. tjc3844 said... on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:47AM

“Hey, Sal, how's the baby?”

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82. RC said... on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:01PM

“ncaaball, if what your saying is tru then you're a dick. What would drive someone is mess up a comments page about our friend is beyond me. You r a scumbag and i would love to meet you in person if you ever came down to south philly. or maybe I shold come see u at Vilanova where your punk a** hides out.”

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83. nardibynature said... on Jun 29, 2011 at 09:29AM

“Fixed. Take note it's usually impossible to see what I've fixed but I like just saying fixed because I have no other schtick that I can bring to the table. So my schtick is to just say "fixed"”

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84. Anonymous said... on Jul 12, 2011 at 03:57PM


Always two sides to every story....

Sad how people tarnish the memory of a person with their terrible actions.”

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85. RenP505 said... on Jul 18, 2011 at 02:16PM

“What a sad tragedy. It still amazes me how ridiculously stupid some people really are. Regardless of the events that may have or not have led up to the ending of Michael's life, the fact is that Jason S. DID NOT have to kill him. People get into altercations, I get that, but who brings a weapon out with them unless they intend to use it? I can't fathom making a decision to take a knife and stabbing someone even ANYONE! After all this time that has passed, some people have managed to harbor such ill thoughts for someone who has already passed and through such a violent death. Violence doesn't fix anything, NOTHING, other than family is worth jail or death and some people really need to learn to keep their ignorant thoughts to themselves. There's no reason to post hateful things on an article that was meant to remember a young man. Have respect for Michael and his family especially his mother! just remember that there is only one person who can judge...RIP Michael.”

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86. jeanPaul said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:26PM

“NW Indiana GWM wants to meet up with a powerful guy this weekend. Leave me an email. Be clean be serious. but let's GETITAWNNNN.”

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87. tjc3844 said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:33PM

“BORING jeanPaul! So predictable.”

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88. RayhadJackson said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:42PM

“Such a sad story. Jason looks very cute. I guess he becomes a twas now.”

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89. tjc3844 said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 01:54PM

“Another hit and miss, Rayhad!”

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90. tjc3844 said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:05PM

“You're washed up Jason!”

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91. KJBert said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:59PM

“Anyone see the latest Bachelorette last night? SCANDALOUS!”

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92. ericw said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:23PM

“Paul Nova - I would definitely be interested in meeting up. Usually I spend my time scouting CYO basketball (a little mix of business and, but I am ready to graduate to another level and start lusting after adults.”

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93. parappa said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:33PM

“Look at Jason's OPS, this was bound to happen. His BABIP and wOBA showed that he was bound to stab someone one of these days.”

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94. Marc Lamont Hill said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:34PM

“If the kid who died was black would anyone care?

You are all racist!

Kill whitey!”

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95. wcburrs87 said... on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:41PM

“Does anyone know if they need a DJ for the funeral? I spin some serious beats and always am sure to have a spare bottle of gold bond handy just in case it gets sweaty.

But I'm not available during the NCAA basketball season, I am a candidate for the LaSalle Explorers head coach.

I would be available to meet at Frosty Falls in Bridgeport to discuss details.”

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96. Fat Pinone said... on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:28AM

“Hey guys, do you think Jason's girlfriend shaves down there?”

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97. SeriousPhysicality said... on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:58AM

“TMJ: Say it isn't so. The only thing sadder than the stabbing death of a teenager is when a pillar of bench warmers retires.”

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98. JHG said... on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:37PM

“Seriously, how is this newsworthy. This is a typical day in the life of white trash degos in South Philly. What do you expect when a buch of low lifes wander the streets.”

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99. TickleMeJake said... on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:50PM

“Not true, I use the David Carradine approach and use pictures of Kristin Salerno (h/t to Arak).”

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100. Matthew Strazza said... on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:54PM

“Stop bating to pictures of my ex woman you creeps.”

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101. Doritos Girl said... on Jul 22, 2011 at 01:25PM

“Hey Guys, did you hear second storey is no longer selling trans fats? Don't you want to eat Doritos with me?”

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102. Anonymous said... on Jul 22, 2011 at 03:14PM

“Franzone got what he had coming to him. He and his punk buddy should have never stopped the car. They went looking for trouble and bit off more than they could chew. Another dead thug. No big loss. I won't miss him.

Nadia, I bet you're a sexy little thing. Why can't I find you on facebook?”

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103. whitecat said... on Jul 22, 2011 at 08:44PM

“I remember caddying in Merion in 1942 during a hot May afternoon and my knickers almost fell off when I saw Bobby Jones shoot for par on 18. It was at that point that I knew I would grow to be an old man who hated John Wooden and would blather pointlessly in public inet forums.”

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104. UncleBill57 said... on Jul 24, 2011 at 12:59PM

“Paul Arizin was from South Philly.”

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105. Joe C said... on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:05AM

“It's a damn shame a kid had to loose his life over a fight.But read over all these comments and leave out the a**holes that posted assanine s*** almost everyone has a comment talking trash or talking about beating someone up.It don't seem like anyone learned a lesson.I live in the neighborhood that this happened in and grew up around 30th street people need to grow up it's not like you live in the hood with a bunch of animals this is a great neighborhood minus some disrespectful asshole kids that trash”

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106. neighbor said... on Jul 28, 2011 at 11:54AM

“I live down the street from Geurin and they have a football league over there in his name.I must say it is loaded wit a bunch of trash.You can't walk in to the park without getting high off the weed smell.Within 2 blocks you can hear the nasty language and and what seems like arguments/fights every 2 mins.If they want their family member remembered this league is not the way to do it.Maybe they (family members)should watch from a short distance to see the crap we are stuck with in that league.It don't make mike look to good.”

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107. JohnnyGentle said... on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:57PM

“Joe C: I can assure you that it is "the hood." Just because they residents are white doesn't mean it is not a ghetto. South Philly is a dump. It should be bulldozed along with Kensington.”

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108. Joe C said... on Aug 5, 2011 at 10:13PM

“This is neighborhood is far from a ghetto.Just a lot of disrespectful little prick kids.I guess you had a bad experience in south philly.But there are a lot of good people in south philly.Every bit of me wishes you were standing in front of me saying that but i am better than that.But i will say YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO LIVE IN SOUTH PHILLY.You sound like a hateful person maybe a south philly person screwwed your wife then stole her from you or something.I'm sorry for that.”

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109. St monicas said... on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:42PM

“I stumbled upon this page and literally almost threw up. Michael was a great kid with a wonderful family. Jason is white trash and I hope he dies a slow painful death when he gets out. And the people on here posting r sick. Have some respect for the family and friends. It's people like Jason and his scumbag family and friends that give south Philly a bad name. And 30th st is disgusting always has been always will be. Rip Michael”

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110. William said... on Aug 11, 2011 at 03:29PM

“I have to agree that South Philly is a dump. It is a haven for white trash. I have never seen so many tattooed, gold-chain-wearing inbreeds as when I visited South Philly. It is the land of illiterates.

And by the way, I can't say I have a lot of sympathy when a yahoo attacks another yahoo and gets stabbed. When you live like an ape you die an animal.”

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111. William said... on Aug 11, 2011 at 03:32PM

“To Anonymous (the one asking about Nadia): Do a google search. She is NOT hot. She looks like Snookie.”

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112. Bert said... on Aug 12, 2011 at 03:58PM

“Figures the hood had a pittbull.”

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113. Tony said... on Aug 15, 2011 at 02:08PM

“This should have been titled "A Short Life Full of Giving . . . Beatdowns."”

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114. Bill Nolan said... on Sep 12, 2011 at 08:33PM

“Permanent bans will be deployed for posters who reference poster's or prior poster's real names.


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115. Tjc3844 said... on Apr 14, 2012 at 01:24PM

“Hahaha , Vicks, your best one yet!”

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116. NintyNine5.0 said... on Apr 15, 2012 at 10:22PM

“Have any pond hockey leagues in Mike's name been started? In Tenafly, this is how we roll. That's the difference between the CoP and GCitW. We take care of our own even though we don't live in the GCitW but rather a gay NJ suburb.”

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117. Joe Vandergeest said... on Apr 19, 2012 at 11:31PM

“I had property near the murder scene that went for $600K. Now after this murder my house is only worth 500K. I'll be forming the Right Plan for South Philly to address these issues. Also calling the Inquirer to report on the comments being left here.”

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118. Little Donny Miller said... on Apr 22, 2012 at 08:22PM

“Typical this would happen in the Philth. My telemarketing job forces me to live in the Philth with the other Temple grads but I'd much rather live in Tenafly, NJ. Classier and way tougher people. Just ask my uncle. He plays hockey and has a game similar to Tim Kerr or Adam Graves.”

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119. matty17 said... on May 23, 2012 at 08:47PM

“Jason's just like George Zimmerman. I know because I was there.”

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120. FreddyShoop said... on May 24, 2012 at 09:05PM

“Worst. Comment. Section. Ever.”

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121. Adp98 said... on May 28, 2012 at 11:01PM

“I tip my cap to Jason. He stood his ground. Bet he's a Nationals fan today.”

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122. TheHuge said... on Jun 12, 2012 at 08:19PM

“I'm a chubby chaser so if Natalie is hot she should give me a call.”

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123. Rhythmic Slapper said... on Jul 16, 2012 at 12:13AM

“Wonder what the shower situation was like for Jason in prison. Any Tickle Monsters?”

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124. U.S. real estate said... on Aug 15, 2012 at 06:46PM

“This is a great post.I think it will be very usefull to us. I read it but I need some thing more to know about this. How can I know about this.”

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125. tjc3844 said... on Oct 23, 2012 at 02:04PM

“Gravies are brown, not red.”

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126. arak3 said... on Oct 25, 2012 at 10:03PM

“Lineups for 2013 spring training Phils

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127. Anonymous said... on Nov 2, 2012 at 08:20PM

“Hey, Has anyone read the Castle Doctrine yet ????

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128. Anonymous said... on Nov 8, 2012 at 08:01AM

“I was jasons celly for over 2 years and he is a good guy. I read his papers and he never should of got that much time”

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129. FoyeEffect said... on Dec 20, 2012 at 06:00PM

“I tweeted about this case at least 10,000 times.”

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130. TheHuge said... on Mar 5, 2013 at 10:11PM

“Hope Jason starts banging porkers when he gets out.”

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131. Buckeye70's Ghost said... on Mar 11, 2013 at 02:43PM

“Could be worse for Jason. He could be doing
time in Meeeeeeeshigan with the Gang Up North.
Says here it is worse. Capisce?”

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132. FreddyShoop said... on Mar 16, 2013 at 09:01AM

“The Huge, what's your email address.

I'm also retiring from this comment section. See you all in the fall.”

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133. Tommy Corby Corbett said... on Mar 16, 2013 at 10:31PM

“When Jason is released, it will not be into a STATIC environment.”

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134. MattHoward04 said... on Mar 23, 2013 at 02:05PM

“Jason should open a savings account at my bank when he's released. I'll teach him to save enough money to shop at Walmart and eat at Outback Steakhouse.”

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135. Bruce F##king Lee said... on Apr 8, 2013 at 08:27PM

“I knew both of them Jason alot better.. It should never of happened , if you r getting jumped by two dudes U defend yourself very unfortunate what happen ... How does billy get away Scott free ! He was the " reason " this happened , over a girl! Horrible horrible tragedy ... One cool dude Michael RIP

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136. Kristen Salerno said... on Apr 17, 2013 at 02:11PM

“Finally, like so many other dirty holes, Jason has been exposed.”

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137. Ole Pickles said... on Apr 17, 2013 at 02:14PM

“This is why I moved to Fishtown, South Philly is a ghetto.”

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138. Rockybob said... on Apr 18, 2013 at 04:18PM

“Zone used to play golf with me in the Villages. Me, my "alt" TJC and him used to get rub and tugs from Jamie Jude and Kristin Salerno.”

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139. FreddyShoop said... on Apr 20, 2013 at 12:29PM

“This time it's for real. I'm retiring to watch more Wire episodes and drink Dr Pepper.”

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140. JonArbuckle62 said... on Jun 1, 2013 at 03:41PM

“Soak my cork, Garfield.”

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141. real facts said... on Jun 5, 2013 at 07:49AM


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142. Huck Palmer said... on Jun 7, 2013 at 10:32PM

“Should Jimmy Rollins be in HoF?


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143. Tha Butcher said... on Jun 12, 2013 at 03:22PM

“A shame to hear about Franzone. Did anyone ask him for tips on how to best smuggle oxys through airport security? I need to meet up with a chick for some sushi at 7:30 so please respond before then.”

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144. Robert Moye said... on Jun 12, 2013 at 03:56PM

“Jason is welcome to live in my modular home when he's released. I already adopted one twink that was another mans grandson so what's one more.”

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145. Anarchy99 said... on Jun 12, 2013 at 08:53PM

“Since I know everything about every subject ever, I can say with certainty that Jason is guilty. You don't get to be a big swinging advertising dick in the GCitW by accident. I also fancy myself as a fatter, dim witted Don Draper.”

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146. Tha Butcher said... on Jun 15, 2013 at 02:10PM

“Headed to sushi lounge now”

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147. SnottieDrippen said... on Jun 17, 2013 at 10:50AM

“Epic comments section. Will live forever on Tokyo.”

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148. Cleanwave said... on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:07AM

“Look closely at the date this happened. 2000 civilians were slaughtered by US drones in Syria that same day. This murder was clearly a CIA cover to draw attention from that US led atrocity. Jason was a CIA operative hence the light sentenced. The knife he used was also encased in thermite.”

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149. RStrick30 said... on Jun 18, 2013 at 01:35PM

“This comment section makes me realize there is no God. No really there is no God. You people are sheep and rubes if you believe otherwise.”

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150. Tom Corby said... on Jul 21, 2013 at 12:39AM

“Looks like Jason's release is Going On Now.”

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151. Tweetydimes said... on Aug 3, 2013 at 06:57PM

“This whole comment section is whack. Yo all y'all on here should follow me on FB. My page is awesome. My statuses are usually JayZ quotes or some stupid biblical quote where I front like I'm a good guy even though I did time for fraud and identity theft. I also tweet alot about weed and gambling because I'm a serious drug addict degenerate.”

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152. Qwe007 said... on Aug 5, 2013 at 09:45AM

“Jonathan Singleton and Jared Cosart. Greatest players in baseball history?



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153. Thomas J Corbettison said... on Aug 6, 2013 at 10:57PM

“Looks like Jason is Ready to Debut.”

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154. Tee Jay See said... on Aug 7, 2013 at 03:15PM

“When released Jason will be Doing It Right”

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155. Bmoneynova said... on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:08PM

“Something something Dolphins or Devils

I have nothing else to say ever and oh yeah, my head is gigantic and I repost deadspin articles all day on Twitter”

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156. Arak6 said... on Aug 22, 2013 at 07:07PM

“This death pales in comparison to the Armenian holocaust.”

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157. Drew Miller said... on Aug 31, 2013 at 07:41AM

“Sounds like Jason's dad ignored him growing up and stayed home smoking heaters while the family vacationed with other CoP trash in Ocean City, NJ.”

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158. Wcburrs87 said... on Sep 6, 2013 at 07:59PM


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159. Jmerc2 said... on Sep 10, 2013 at 09:06PM

“Can Jason be ready Wednesday to do a taking questions chat?”

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160. Qwe006 said... on Sep 16, 2013 at 10:07PM

“Bet Jason plays fantasy football with bmoney”

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161. Gldndog said... on Sep 17, 2013 at 07:31AM

“Can't believe this happened to my boy, Zone. Just that afternoon I told he'd live to be 90.”

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162. FreddyShoop said... on Sep 24, 2013 at 10:00PM

“Anyone know what they tipped the pallbearers?”

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163. Qwe05 said... on Oct 11, 2013 at 08:38PM

“Wonder how Franzone's fantasy team is doing? Better than bmoneys?”

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164. Gdog said... on Nov 4, 2013 at 09:59PM

“Seriously, Clark? This thread is still alive.


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165. Buckinsf said... on Nov 9, 2013 at 09:49AM

“Nadia, how tall and thick are you? Ever play softball?”

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166. Nardibynature said... on Nov 11, 2013 at 12:18AM

“Best 3 month period on BW?

Top 5 posters ever?

Top 5 worst posters ever?”

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167. FreddyShoop said... on Nov 12, 2013 at 08:45AM

“This jumped the shark 120 comments ago. Wasn't funny to begin with anyway.

P.S. I love DonkayPauncher and want to marry him.”

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168. Sweet bird willie said... on Nov 14, 2013 at 09:28PM

“Nadia franzone is the baddest jawn in sp, i would do anything she told me 2 do just to tap 2 times real rap”

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169. MallardFillmore said... on Nov 27, 2013 at 08:27AM

“Rockybob and I used to hang with Zone and slay poon in The Villages together.”

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170. Wcburrs87 said... on Dec 17, 2013 at 01:22AM

“Shame Zone died so young. Bet he never ate a taco before.”

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171. Tommy Joseph Corb said... on Feb 28, 2014 at 01:49PM

“Hahahahahaha, you nailed it animal_mother!!!!!!!!!!!”

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172. Frederick Shupe said... on Apr 24, 2014 at 06:50PM

“What's the deal with PowerPoint?”

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173. Drew Dick Miller99 said... on May 22, 2014 at 04:56PM

“Did he die in south Philly or south Philly proper?”

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174. JoeMerc said... on May 27, 2014 at 01:24PM

“So bored. Will Nadia take questions?”

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175. FoyeEffect said... on Jul 14, 2014 at 03:37PM

“Inner city male conflict is kind of my thing.”

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176. Cat05 said... on Jul 23, 2014 at 02:03PM

“Jason Sannasardo was an alt.”

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177. NickelDimer said... on Jul 23, 2014 at 07:17PM

“Can't imagine the despair that gets a person to this point”

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178. Adp98 said... on Jul 23, 2014 at 08:21PM

“You can bounce a quarter off Nadia's ass.”

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179. Gdog said... on Aug 13, 2014 at 04:54PM

“Brah, if Mikey lifted with me at the Collegeville LA Fitness, he'd be strong enough to ward off an attack. He should watch MMA too.”

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180. Qwe21 said... on Sep 16, 2014 at 06:11PM

“Is it true Jason has an avo grove in Hawaii?”

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181. Whitecat said... on Oct 4, 2014 at 09:31AM

“Before the Common Core math hit our country, there were films
of math classes from many countries. In this country the teachers
explained the procedure and the students then practiced the procedure.
In Japan the teacher explained the procedure and the deep concepts
inherent in the procedure. The students then worked in groups trying
to figure out different ways to solve the problem while arriving at the same

More then forty five years ago, students in accelerated classes took geometry
a year early in our district. A young girl had trouble all year and failed trial
Regents. The teacher told her she probably shouldn't take the exam. Schools
worried then about student scores then and still do now. Our students could go home
for lunch then and scored 100 on the Regents. The teacher asked what happened.
She replied that she walked home for lunch with John_____ who told her what geometry
was all about. He certainly didn't tell her how to memorize theorems (SP?). He told her
the deep concepts and principles of geometry. John scored a perfect 1600 as a junior
on the SAT. and went off to Haverford College. He then decided to take a year off and ride
his bike around the country. No one in our town has ever heard of him since.”

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182. Vicks99 said... on Oct 22, 2014 at 07:38AM

“Is this comment my best one yet?”


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Point taken

Breaker, breaker

Vice bust

Teller threatened

Who shot me?

Deceased dealings

Don’t dough it!

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