Phil Corbin took pride in his link to Kansas City’s notorious Cammisano mobsters. Maybe that’s why he’s dead.

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Phil Corbin took pride in his link to Kansas City’s notorious Cammisano mobsters. Maybe that’s why he’s dead.

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"It was the rush of selling and just making real quick money," Danny says.

Danny says he never saw Corbin dealing drugs, though he saw him take Ecstasy a few times.

Vince Corbin figures that if his brother had been selling drugs, he could have afforded to pay his share in the liquor store.

But even if Corbin hadn't been directly involved in the business, he had knowledge of it. Corbin was there when the cell phones and pagers chirped. He'd seen and used the drugs.

Then investigators started kicking down doors. Both Vince and Cusimano heard that Corbin had been present at an apartment with some friends when federal investigators stormed in.

And Vince says Corbin told one of their friends that he expected indictments to come down either on him or a friend named Joseph Moretina.

Meanwhile, Corbin wanted to get his name on the liquor store. He offered to pay Cusimano the $6,500 he owed him and apply for a new license as part owner.

But Cusimano was having none of it.

Though they were partners, Corbin and Cusimano weren't really working together. Cusimano manned the day shift and Corbin the night; they interacted only as they changed shifts. It wasn't long before they were accusing each other of pocketing money from the register, Vince says.

Vince also says that a week or two before Corbin's death, he agreed to lend his brother money to pay up his half of the store, writing a $6,500 check while Cusimano was there. But Cusimano wouldn't take it.

"I'll have to think about it," Cusimano said as he walked out of the store, according to Vince.

"I looked at Phil," Vince says. "He looked at me."

Cusimano had already tried to buy out Corbin, offering to return the $8,500 Corbin apparently had paid, Vince says. He says Corbin told him that Cusimano had thrown a pile of cash down on the counter. "Phil told him to go fuck himself," Vince says.

Cusimano acknowledges that Corbin was trying to raise the money to buy a share in the store, but he denies that Corbin ever put money into the store, despite what Vince and the rest of Corbin's family say. "I don't care what they say. I don't care what they think. I'm not going to try to defend myself against them," Cusimano tells the Pitch. (Cusimano sold the liquor store.)

Pat Wells remembers that as the spring of 2001 turned into summer, she began to sense that her always upbeat son was in some kind of trouble.

"Are you worried, Phillip?" she recalls asking. "He said, 'Yeah, Mom, I am.' He said they were kind of arguing. He was upset with Glen about something. They were getting ready to meet with an attorney."

Corbin said something that still haunts Wells. "He said, 'If anything happens, look at Glen.'"

Then someone knocked on Pat Wells' door.

Wells' niece, Angela Hernandez, answered to find four young men, who asked for Corbin. Told he wasn't home, they asked where he might be. Corbin was behind the cash register at P&G Liquor, but Hernandez told them she didn't know.

"Tell him his friends from St. Jo came by," one of the men said.

Wells assumes the men wanted to talk to Corbin about his 8-minute hotel-room video.

He had told her about it, and how he had copied it enough times to mail to Rebecca and Ambrozi and members of their families. By then, Corbin was apologetic and regretful. He told Wells that he'd talked to Rebecca's mother for 3 hours on the liquor store phone.

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