Posts byScott Burnstein

The Queen Of Soul & “Fast Eddie” Wingate Flew In Same Circles, Aretha Franklin Had Brush With Black Mob

Aretha Franklin, the ever beloved Queen of Soul, died this week at 76, her legacy cemented as one of the great voices of our time and the quintessential R&B diva. On her way to superstardom in the 1960s, she brushed up to the darker side of her hometown of Detroit, almost signing a talent contract
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Legendary Jewish Mobster Herbie Sperling Dead In Prison At 79, Leaves Legacy Of Heroin & Hedonism

Having spent the last 45 years of his life behind bars, New York mob associate and heroin kingpin Herbie Sperling, one of the most powerful and prolific Jewish gangland figures in American history, recently died of natural causes in a federal prison hospital in Massachusetts. He was 79. Even today five decades following his reign, Sperling’s reputation is still formidable in certain east coast
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The Alibi: Old School Chicago Outfit Figure “Joey The Clown” Makes Case For Why He Didn’t Clip Friend

Living out his final years in a supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado, infirmed former Chicago mob consigliere Joseph (Joey the Clown) Lombardo is seeking relief from the court in the form of a new lawyer and the reconsideration of his murder conviction from the 2000s. The 89-year old Lombardo, notoriously colorful and eccentric, recently
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Ex-Biker Boss: Outlaws MC Power “Spike” O’Neill Put Wrench In Potential Peace Treaty With Hells Angels In ’93

Imprisoned motorcycle club boss Kevin (Spike) O’Neill put a stop to an underworld peace treaty in the 1990s that would have squashed longstanding warfare between The Outlaws and Hells Angels, according to retired Hells Angels leader George Christie in an exclusive interview with Gangster Report. Christie believes O’Neill convinced then-Outlaws international president Harry (Taco) Bowman
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Saying Goodbye To The Bishop: New England Mob Leader To Be Laid To Rest, Achille Dead At 82

Church is out in the Providence wing of New England’s Patriarca crime family. Providence mob figure Joseph (Joe the Bishop) Achille reportedly died of natural causes this week. The reputed consigliere was 82 years old. Award-winning television investigative reporter (WPRI) and local mobologist Tim White broke the news of Achille’s passing Wednesday morning on his Twitter
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Pouring Some Sugar: Peach State Drug Kingpin & His Nine-Deuce Regime Take Plea Deals

Georgia’s Nine-Deuce Gang was officially dismantled this week, as over a dozen members of the gang’s hierarchy were convicted of federal drug crimes out of Macon. Nice-Deuce Gang boss Delma (Shug) Goddard and his Bloods-affiliated crew were indicted in May 2017 on a multitude of narcotics, weapons and racketeering charges. In the past few days, 38-year
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FBI Wire: Genovese Capo Tells Young Informant About Trying To Get Western Mass. Mobster Made

In the days after Genovese crime family captain Eugene (Rooster) Onofrio was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for racketeering last month, MassLive and resident mobologist Stephanie Barry revealed a transcript of an FBI wire in which Onofrio is caught discussing mob affairs in Springfield, Massachusetts, a longtime satellite wing of the
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Kentucky, West Virginia Being Invaded By Detroit Dope Boys, Continuing Motown Underworld Trend

Putting in work down in West Virginia and Kentucky is virtually a rite of passage in the Detroit drug scene. Dealers spanning multiple factions and generations in the Motor City drug game have been traveling to Lexington, Kentucky and cities across the state of West Virginia to make a quick buck. They push everything from marijuana, cocaine and heroin to fentanyl, Vicodin and Oxycodone and they wreak havoc.
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“J-Bo” Brown Back On The Outside, Midwest Drug Boss Did 11 Years In Epic BMF Case

Black Mafia Family underboss Chad (J-Bo) Brown was recently released from serving over a decade behind bars. The affable 46-year old Brown, the second-in-charge of the monolithic BMF, did 11 years in prison on racketeering, narcotics and money-laundering convictions. Brown was placed in a halfway house last fall after spending the majority of his prison
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Saints Come Marching Home: Top Episodes Of The Sopranos Crafted By Prequel Director Alan Taylor

Emmy-winner Alan Taylor was recently tapped to direct the upcoming prequel movie to The Sopranos television series being produced by New Line Cinema based on a concept and script from Sopranos’ creator David Chase. The film, titled The Many Saints of Newark, deals with competing criminal factions amid rising racial tensions in the New Jersey
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Drugstore Cowboy: Providence Mafia Associate Stung By Agitated Coke Customer In 1990s

Already in trouble with the law, Providence mob enforcer and drug pusher Richard (Ricky Blue) Dion dug himself even a deeper hole with authorities when rough treatment of a gambling debtor and drug customer sent him running to the FBI 20 years ago. The 52-year old Dion served five years in prison on federal racketeering
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Mob Cronies From New England Get Pinched For Failed Abduction In Providence, One Is Worth Millions

Two New England mafia associates were arraigned this week on charges related to what authorities in Rhode Island believe was an attempt to avenge a 2017 home-invasion burglary. Millionaire business man and mob boss confidant Frank Zammiello and former cop and convicted drug dealer and racketeer Richard (Ricky Blue) Dion, pled not guilty in state court Thursday to misdemeanor assault,
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The Legend Of Layton Simon: Detroit Drug Gang Boss Gets Lost In History, Maybe Not For Long

On the streets of Southwest Detroit, Layton (The Beast) Simon garners just as much, if not more, respect and reverence than that of more high-profile Southwest Detroit drug dons Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory and Walter (The Black Fox) Cason. According to Motown underworld lore, a beef between Simon and Big Meech drove Flenory from Detroit
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South Philly Sources: Mafia Capo Borgesi Gets Bruno-Scarfo’s New England Crew Up & Running Again

Since his release from federal prison a few years ago, Philadelphia mob captain George (Georgie Boy) Borgesi has revived the Bruno-Scarfo crime family’s pipeline to New England, according to sources on both sides of the law. The 54-year old always-on-the-move Borgesi has intermediaries traveling to Rhode Island to meet people connected to Patriarca crime family underboss Matthew (Good Looking
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Police Tapes: Pagan’s MC Set Up R.I. Chapter In ’17 As Part Of East Coast Expansion Mandate

Audio surveillance released this week as part of a giant racketeering and drug case recently filed against members of The Pagan’s Motorcycle Club in Rhode Island and Massachusetts serves to further demonstrate Pagan’s reputed national president Keith (Conan the Barbarian) Richter’s growing desire to expand his club’s presence into parts of the country previously unchartered. Back in the spring, it was
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The Big Sexy: Bronx’s Sex, Money & Murder Gang Roll-Call: Boastful NYC Drug Crew Ran Streets In Soundview

New York’s Sex, Money & Murder Gang is synonymous with the drug game in the Bronx, the same way the zoo and the Yankees are to animals and baseball. Started in 1992 by a teenage Peter (Pistol Pete) Rollack, SMM went on to rule the streets of the Soundview Homes Projects and the Castle Hill
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Law Enforcement: Toronto Gangster Still Avoiding Capture, Fugitive Mob Figure Not Killed In Mexico

Despite rumors of his demise circulating the Toronto and Montreal underworlds, respectively, in recent months, Canadian mafia lieutenant Daniele (Dark Danny) Ranieri remains on the run from the law. The 33-year Rizzuto crime family crew boss, a fugitive for more than two years, wasn’t one of the victims of a well-publicized drug-world massacre in Los Cabos, Mexico, late last year,
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Killer Of New Orleans Wiseguy & Fixer “Frenchy” Brouillette Takes Plea, Cops To Manslaughter

New Orleans musician Bill Bonham pled guilty to manslaughter this week in the murder of Big Easy mobster Kent (Frenchy) Brouillette, a larger-than-life gangland character tied to Carlos (The Kingfish) Marcello, the city’s longtime mafia boss who died back in the 1990s after attaining worldwide infamy for bragging of his role in the assassination of President
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Florida Outlaws MC’er “Speedy” Gerlock Goes Down For The Count, Dies Behind Bars At 77

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club family lost Ocala, Florida chapter member Carlton (Speedy) Gerlock recently. Speedy Gerlock died in a Doral, Florida prison last month while serving a life sentence for a murder committed in the 1970s. He was 77 years old. Although headquartered out of the Midwest, the Outlaws MC dominate biker affairs in Florida and
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Alleged Chitown Mob Affiliate, Local Movie & TV Production Chief John Crededio Passes Away

Reputed Chicago mafia associate John Crededio, a one-time driver and confidant of 1980s Outfit boss Joe Ferriola, died of natural causes this week. The 72-year old Crededio was at the forefront of bringing Hollywood to the Windy City. He owned Chicago Studio City, one of the most prominent movie and television production companies in the
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The Detroit-West Virginia Drug Connection Absorbs Another Blow, “Tank” Smith Slapped With Life Term

Continuing to combat the forces pulling from Motown that flood Appalachia with drugs, a judge in West Virginia sentenced Detroit native Donald (Tank) Smith to life in state prison for a series of narcotics offenses, incarcerating him under a habitual offender statute. He was indicted four times between 2016 and 2017. The 35-year old Smith will be eligible for
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Rap War Timeline: Charges About To Be Brought In Tupac Shakur’s Murder, Per Las Vegas Media Reports

A television station in Las Vegas reported this week that an arrest is imminent in the long-gestating Tupac Shakur murder case. Shakur, one of the most beloved rappers and hip hop music icons of all-time, was shot to death just off the Vegas Strip in September 1996 after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match. His slaying
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Montreal West End Ganger Called On Carpet By Rizzuto Mob In Wake Of “Slick” Griffin’s ’06 Slaying

Irish mobster John McKenzie threatened to kill an Italian button man in Montreal’s Rizzuto crime family in 2006 in the days after his best bud, business partner and fellow West End Gang lieutenant Richard (Slick) Griffin was gunned down in a feud with the Rizzuto clan, per a source in Canadian law enforcement. McKenzie, 48,
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War Games Across The Border: Busy Week In Canadian Mob Affairs As Trio Of Shootings Rock Underworld

The unrest in the Canadian underworld continues. There were three mob-related shootings in the past week across the border, two resulting in fatalities. For the past decade, crime syndicates in Montreal and Toronto have been under siege by upheaval in the country’s first family of the mafia, the Rizzuto clan out of Quebec, a series of intertwined conflicts that
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Chicago Mafia Enforcer Checks Out Of The Game From Behind Bars, Dies A Suspect In Pair Of Outfit Hits

Chicago mobster and reputed hit man Anthony (Tough Tony) Calabrese died of cancer recently in a federal prison in Indiana. The 57-year old Calabrese was suspected by authorities of being the triggerman in two unsolved Outfit murders, but incarcerated on an armed robbery conviction. A plea to his trial judge for a medical release earlier this year failed and a clemency request based on his
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Rap Artist XXXTentacion’s Murder Makes GR Reflect On Infamous Hip Hop Murders Of The Past

Being a rapper has proven a hazardous profession in some cases the past three decades — just these last two weeks, the rap world lost a trio of promising young lyrical fire spitters, a tragic list led by flourishing Florida artist XXXTentacion. Sadly, a multitude of violent slayings can be linked to the rap music industry since the groundbreaking
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The White Boy Rick Timeline Pt. 2: From Within Prison Walls The Struggle For A Second Chance Is Real

The still hard-to-fathom saga of 1980s Detroit teen drug-world prodigy Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe has been going on for 30 years and will soon be brought to the big screen in the upcoming Matthew McConaughey eponymously-titled film. Newcomer Richie Merritt plays Wershe in his movie debut and McConaughey plays his dad. The magnetic and street smart Wershe went
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The White Boy Rick Timeline Part 1: Life On The Street For Motor City Underworld Icon

The still hard-to-fathom saga of 1980s Detroit teen drug-world prodigy Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe has been going on for 30 years and will soon be brought to the big screen in the upcoming Matthew McConaughey eponymously-titled film. Newcomer Richie Merritt plays Wershe in his movie debut and McConaughey plays his dad. The magnetic and street smart Wershe went
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No Fun In The Sun: Detroit Mob Scamster Accepts Plea Deal In Most Recent Fraud Case

Reputed Detroit mafia associate Gino Accetola has pled no contest to theft charges in state court related to a credit card scam where he’s alleged to have stolen almost $150,000 from a local credit-card processing company he employed for his tanning salon chain, Miami Tan. He faces up to 20 years in prison but his plea, which is
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Media Report: Feds Probing Yet Another Cold-Case Murder From N.E. Mafia’s Salemme Era

Per a report by a suburban Boston radio journalist, former New England mob captain Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca is now being asked about the 1992 gangland slaying of Beantown wiseguy and restaurant owner Vinnie Arcieri after helping the feds convict his one-time boss, Patriarca crime family don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme of an unsolved underworld murder from that
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Holiday Season Hostility: Michigan Outlaws MC Duo Destined For Prison Time

A post-Christmas beat down last year will cost two members of The Outlaws motorcycle club in Michigan a year-and-a-half behind bars in state prison. Just days before they were scheduled to stand trial, Eric (Whiplash) Kerkau and Arthur (A-Bomb) Miller pled guilty to assault charges this week in Bay County Circuit Court in connection with
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Who’s Next To Fall In N.E. Feds Attempt To Revive Cold-Case Mob Murders, Manocchio, Lato or Rossetti?

With former New England mafia boss Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme’s murder trial completed – jurors found Salemme, 84, guilty of ordering the slaying of his business partner, nightclub owner Stevie DiSarro, in 1993 – the spotlight in gangland judicial affairs from the region turns towards a trio of Salemme underlings, men like retired Patriarca crime family don, Luigi
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Dakota Fanning Fills “Squeaky” Fromme Role In Tarantino’s Manson Movie Project

The first member of the murderous Manson Family has been cast in the new Quinton Tarantino film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, currently in the first week of shooting and about life in Los Angeles in the late 1960s with the infamous Manson Family killings serving as the backdrop. Tarantino has tapped actress Dakota Fanning to
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Drug Dealing Barbie: Yankee Cartel Leader “El Barbie” Lands 50-Year Prison Term

American-born Mexican drug cartel leader Edgar (El Barbie) Valdez was sentenced to 50 years in prison and ordered to forfeit close to $200,000,000 in cash from his criminal operations in federal court out of Atlanta this week. The 44-year old Valdez, who used to be a bodyguard for the world’s biggest drug lord of the
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New Kids On The Block & The Mob: Boston Mafia Lieutenant Owned Part Of Wildly Popular Band, Per Testimony

Boston mob figure Jimmy Martorano helped finance and owned a piece of the New Kids on the Block music group in the band’s enormous heyday of the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to court testimony this week and court records from almost 30 years ago. Music promotor and film producer John McAveeney took the
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The Millionaire & The Mob: N.E. Mafia Boss “Cadillac Frank” Milked R.I. Business Mogul For Nightclub Cash

Some two and a half decades ago, Rhode Island real estate mogul, mob associate and multi-millionaire Frank Zammiello provided financing for former New England mafia don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme in his and his late son’s purchase of the wildly popular Channel nightclub in South Boston, per sources. With a little muscle displayed by Salemme’s wildcard of
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Meet Joe Black: Boston Wiseguy Busted For Looking To Bloody Loansharking Victim In 1980s

Much like his on-screen namesake played by matinee movie idol Brad Pitt, the late Boston mobster Joseph (Joe Black) Lamattina wasn’t someone to be trifled with. Back in the 1980s, he got jammed up in a loansharking case for threatening to physically harm one of his debtors. This week in federal court it was revealed
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Mafia Boss “Cadillac Frank” Had Elusive N.E. Mob Figure Joe Ruggiero By His Side The Day He Went On Run

Reputed Patriarca crime family captain Joe Ruggiero was with former New England mafia boss Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme in December 1994 when then-South Boston mobster Stevie (The Rifleman) Flemmi informed Salemme of a looming federal racketeering indictment. Salemme already knew of the legal peril headed in his direction though, per Flemmi’s testimony at Salemme murder
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Witness: Boston Mafia Figure “Joe Black” Sought To Kill “Frankie Boy” Salemme, Jr. For Drug Rip Off

Once-highly feared South Boston mobster Stevie (The Rifleman) Flemmi saved Francis (Frankie Boy) Salemme Jr.’s life after the aspiring wiseguy ripped off a mafia-backed drug ring. This week, he’s trying to help the government make it so his dad, former New England mob don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme spends the rest of his life in
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FBI Transcript: Boston Nightclub Owner Chats Numbers With Irish Mob Figure In Years Before He’s Killed

Words from the grave — the voice of slain New England mob associate Stevie DiSarro was heard in federal court this week talking on a FBI wiretap about his pending purchase of the iconic Channel nightclub. DiSarro’s purchase of the storied South Boston rock music venue which he eventually turned into a strip club was
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In The Doghouse: Fmr. Mafia Capo Bobby DeLuca Not Done Yet, Will Testify Against R.I. Bookie Next

New England mob turncoat Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca will return to the witness stand later this year at the perjury trial of Patriarca crime family associate Gaythorne (Poochie) Angell. The 72-year old DeLuca just finished up a week of contentious testimony at the murder trial of his former best friend and one-time New England mafia
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The Downfall Of A Don: Fresh Intel On How Patriarca, Jr. Lost Grip Of New England Mafia In ’89

Raymond (Ray Rubber Lips) Patriarca, Jr. saw his New England mob kingdom crumble in the late 1980s as his troops grew restless and frustrated with his feeble leadership. The details of Patriarca, Jr.’s downfall have come to light in federal court these last few weeks as a successor of his, Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme, stands
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Godfather Of Windy City Mafia “No Nose” DiFronzo Dead At 89, Succumbs To Battle With Dementia

Distinguished Chicago mafia don John (Johnny No Nose) DiFronzo died of natural causes over the weekend ending a more than two decade reign and bringing the curtain down on a storied career in the Midwest underworld. The beloved 89-year old Outfit boss went into retirement due to health concerns in recent years, but kept his Godfather
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The Last Dance: New England Mafia Leader “Cadillac Frank’s” Final Days Timeline

By the beginning of 1994, New England mafia boss Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme’s reign atop the Patriarca crime family was running on fumes. His enemies, both in law enforcement and on the street – remnants of the Boston mob crew opposed to his ascent to power five years earlier – were gaining traction in their
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Teeing It Up Again: Western Massachusetts Wiseguy Popped For Credit Card, Identity Fraud

Springfield (MA) mobster Talal (Big T) Soffan was in U.S. District Court this week to plead not guilty in a credit card fraud case. According to his indictment, the 46-year old Soffan lied when filling out forms to acquire a small business loan for $35,000 and then, using a series of fronts, established lines of
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Black Mafia Family Soldier “Pig” Triplett Gets Out Of Prison In Time To Watch Spring Bloom In The D

Out of the pig pen and back to the real world. Black Mafia Family member Chris (Pig) Triplett was recently released from a four-year state prison stint in Ohio for narcotics trafficking. A Detroit native, the 47-year old Triplett was arrested in August 2014 for possession of two pounds of heroin stashed in the air
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Young, Rich & Ruthless: Breaking Down The Structure & Legacy Of Detroit’s YBI Gang

The Young Boys, Incorporated (YBI) drug organization redefined the dope game in Detroit in the late 1970s and early 1980’s, becoming street legends and underworld icons for its trendsetting business practices and flashy demeanor. Founded on the Motor City’s Westside, the group revolutionized the heroin trade in terms of distribution and marketing techniques and at
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“Harpo” Garabedian Calls Fellow Providence Mob Figure A Liar, Will Testify In Murder Trial To It

Although reputed New England mafia associate Charles (Harpo) Garabedian vigorously denies playing any role in the burial of slain mobbed-up nightclub owner Stevie DiSarro two and a half decades ago, he’s expected to testify at the trial trying to bring DiSarro’s murderers to justice. The United States Attorneys’ Office in Boston has given Garabedian, 83,
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FBI Wire: “Baby Shacks” Manocchio Promoted To Underboss Of New England Mafia In December 1991

New England mobster Luigi (Baby Shacks) Manocchio was officially bumped up to underboss of the Patriarca crime family in late 1991, according to an FBI recording played at a federal murder trial in Boston this week. The now-retired Manocchio, 90, was boss of the crime family from 1996 until he retired in 2009. A tape
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