Salvatore DeSanto
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First appearance "To Your Health" (episode 1.06)
Last appearance "Variety" (episode 5.06)
Reason/Cause Murdered by Poet
Prisoner No. N/A
Aliases None
Gender Male
Age 50s (Deceased)
Date of Conviction N/A
Date of Death February 10, 2002
Affiliations The Italians & The Mafia
Spouse Unspecified
Relatives Unspecified
Kill Count 0
Episode Count 7 Episodes
Portrayed by Phil Campanella

Salvatore DeSanto was an Italian inmate featured in Oz. Portrayed by Phil Campanella.

Character Summary[edit | edit source]

He is a short inmate who pretty much acts as a background prisoner until he is falsely accused of drugging inmate Augustus Hill. After the accusation, Augustus' stepfather and Homeboy leader Burr Redding arranges for his food to be mixed with a fatal amount of LSD and as a result DeSanto dies of brain failure instantly. He also strongly hated the black inmates, who he thought were "dirty niggers with foul body odor".

Plot Summary[edit | edit source]

Season 5[edit | edit source]

DeSanto first appears in the office of unit manager Tim McManus who tells the Italians that Peter Schibetta is being released from the psych ward. Chucky Pancamo is then brought into an FBI Interrogation. The result of the interrogation is that the Aryan Brotherhood led by Vernon Schillinger attacks the Italians over the death of Vern's son Hank. Pancamo is hospitalized and Schibetta is raped for a second time. In the middle of the resulting war with the Aryans, the Italian's allies, the Latinos, become partners with the Homeboys led by Burr Redding. Later Homeboy Arnold "Poet" Jackson falsely accuses DeSanto of drugging Redding's stepson Augustus Hill. Once Redding gets verification from a credible witness (who was strong-armed by Poet), he seeks revenge on DeSanto. At dinner that night, Frank Urbano, who is currently in charge states that the Italians should get back into the drug trade by killing Redding. DeSanto points out that Redding doesn't know how to die as they have made numerous attempts on him. As he is pointing this out, his head starts to spin. His food has been mixed with a fatal amount of LSD by the Black inmates in the cafeteria on orders of Redding and he dies of brain failure immediately. The Homeboys competently clean the kitchen so that there is no physical evidence of lacing his food with LSD. Hill does however state that DeSanto is innocent and this causes Poet to falsely accuse the Latinos of drugging Hill. As a result the Latino/Homeboy alliance comes to an end, and they agree to work with the Italians again shortly afterwards.

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Though it is expressly stated that he was given a lethal dose of LSD, this is unlikely to be the case. The LD50 (average amount needed for a lethal dose) for LSD is extremely high.  
  • DeSanto reacting instantly is also unrealistic, as the drug takes some time to produce effects. 
The Italians

Antonio Nappa - Chucky Pancamo - Nino Schibetta - Peter Schibetta - Dino Ortolani - Frank Urbano - Salvatore DeSanto - Joey D'Angelo - Don Zanghi - Mario Seggio

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