Posts byScott Burnstein

Chicago G-Man Pete Wacks, Agent Responsible For Removing Mob From Las Vegas, Passes Away

January 28, 2020 — Retired FBI agent and famed Midwest mob buster Pete Wacks died of natural causes last week at 79. Born and raised in New York City, Wacks worked the Chicago mob for 30 years, joining the office in 1966 fresh out of Syracuse Law School. He finally hung up his spurs as
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New England Outlaws MC’er “Little Jo Jo” Enters Not Guilty Plea In ’19 Parking Lot Murder

January 27, 2020 — Massachusetts Outlaws Motorcycle Club member Joseph (Little Jo Jo) Noe, Jr. pleaded not guilty to murder charges in state court at his arraignment last week. Denied bond, he’s being held in Bristol County Jail while awaiting trial. Noe, Jr., 25, was arrested in September for the fatal shooting of rival biker
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The Mob & The Beverly Hills Friars Club: Johnny Roselli Caught Cheating Hollywood In ’60s Card-Game Scam

January 25, 2020 – The mob-infused Beverly Hills Friars Club fixed card-game scandal rocked the L.A. entertainment scene as well as certain major sectors of the Midwest mob when it broke in the late 1960s. Storied mafia figure John (Handsome Johnny) Roselli and Las Vegas mob front man Maurice (Fat Maury) Friedman were busted in
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PA Boys Power Slim Brantley Back On The Outside, Detroit Drug Chief Checks Into Halfway House

January 24, 2020 — Detroit drug lord Dammone (Slim) Brantley was recently released to a halfway house in Atlanta after 17 years in federal prison. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Brantley, 48, served as second-in-charge of the infamous PA Boys gang, heading the organization’s expansion efforts down south in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
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The San Francisco 49ers & The Mob: Super Bowl Team’s Ownership Group Has Alleged Dark History

January 24, 2020 – The DeBartolo name is synonymous with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL, real estate wealth and in some circles, suspicion of mob ties. The 49ers will be making their seventh appearance in the Super Bowl next Sunday under the DeBartolo family ownership, currently one-point underdogs to the Kansas City Chiefs,
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Kansas City Chief’s Last Trip To Super Bowl In 1970 Plagued By Mob-Gambling Undertones

January 21, 2020 — The last time the Kansas City Chiefs made the Super Bowl a half-century ago, their star quarterback entered the showdown with the Minnesota Vikings hounded by questions of mob links. The turbo-charged Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 back on Sunday to punch their first ticket to the big game in
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Detroit Feds Eager To Chat With Progeny Of Fmr. N.J. Wiseguys Offering Hoffa Tips

January 18, 2020 — The FBI in Detroit wants to talk to the sons of two deceased New Jersey underworld figures in relation to their recent claims of knowing where iconic slain Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is buried. Phil Moscato, Jr. and Frank Cappola did interviews last year with Fox News investigative reporter Eric Shawn
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Mongo & The Mafia: Hall Of Fame NFL Lineman Alex Karras Didn’t Play ’63 Season Due To Mob Dealings

January 17, 2020 — Alex Karras was sidelined for the entire 1963 NFL campaign because of gambling and mob ties, the only blemish on an otherwise immaculate pro football career where he was one of the most feared defensive linemen in the league. Karras was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week.
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The Full-Court Press Continues: Detroit Feds File Arson Case Against Another Rider

January 15, 2020 — If the feds can’t nail notorious Detroit street legend George (G.G.) Rider for arson, they seem content on settling for his brother. G.G. Rider was convicted in state court of being the middle man in a murder-for-hire plot back in the summer and is doing life in prison. That didn’t stop
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Hoffa Murder Suspect Tony Pal Also Eyed In ’85 Detroit Mafia Hit Of Harry Mack

January 11, 2020 — A decade after Detroit mobster Anthony (Tony Pal) Palazzolo might have killed Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa, he was allegedly involved in another, less publically scrutinized gangland murder conspiracy. Palazzolo lost his bout with stomach cancer last year at 76. He served as the Detroit mafia’s consigliere in the final years of
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Feds Pound “Pal Joey” With Additional Charges, NY Wiseguy Getting Punished For Friendship With Philly Boss

January 10, 2020 — The feds are coming after reputed low-level New York mob figure Pete Tuccio with a vengeance. Could the reason be his cozy relationship with Philadelphia mafia don Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, Public Enemy No. 1 for east coast mob busters since the 1990s? Conventional wisdom would say yes. Tuccio saw even
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The Hoffa Dumped At Raleigh House Angle Got Play By Feds In Detroit Into 2000s

January 7, 2020 – Up until at least the late 2000s, the FBI was fielding tips that Jimmy Hoffa was killed and disposed of at the Raleigh House banquet hall in Southfield, Michigan. The iconic labor union boss was last seen less than five miles away at the Machus Red Fox restaurant parking lot a
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Detroit Mafia Associate Says Jimmy Hoffa Had His Last Stand At Lenny Schultz’s House

January 4, 2020 – According to a mob associate in Michigan, famous Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa was killed at the house of Jewish racketeer and Teamster union-affiliate Leonard (Little Lenny) Schultz. Hoffa disappeared on the afternoon of July 30, 1975 on his way to meet Schultz, Detroit mob street boss Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and
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The Magnolia Shorty Murder: New Orleans Rap Queen Killed By 3NG Gang In 2010

January 3, 2020 – The First Lady of Cash Money Records, Renetta (Magnolia Shorty) Lowe was killed by New Orleans’ notorious 3NG Gang in 2010, collateral damage from a longstanding feud dating back to the murder of former best-selling No Limit Records artist, James (Soulja Slim) Tapp, years earlier. 3NG lieutenant Chris (C-Boogie) McCann was
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New Years Day Chase, Shootout & Crash In New Orleans Claims 3NG Gang Lieutenant Boogie McCann

January 2, 2020 — New Orleans underworld figure Christopher (C-Boogie) McCann was killed in a New Years car wreck on South Claiborne Avenue where witnesses said they heard gunfire accompanying a vehicle chase. The 45-year old McCann was a member of the 3NG Gang, a feared criminal organization operating out of the Big Easy going
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Mayor Of Springfield (MA) Takes Aim At Shutting Down Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Society Club Over Latin Kings Bust

December 28, 2019 — The city of Springfield (MA) is threatening to pull licensing for the historic Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Social Club due to its alleged connection to the Latin Kings street gang. Springfield Latin King Michael (King Merlin) Cecchetelli and several dozens others were indicted in a federal racketeering indictment dubbed
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No More Drama: Staten Island Drug Boss Dealt Stiff Prison Sentence In State Court

December 27, 2019 – New York City drug lord Damien (Drama) Rice was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for narcotics trafficking and illegal weapon possession last week. Rice, 47, ran his drug business out of Staten Island and is a member of the United Blood Nation. He was indicted in November 2018 for
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The Korner Sandwich Shop Murders: Fallout From Sammy Marcello’s ’73 Slaying In Chicago Was Swift

December 20, 2019 — The aftermath of the unsanctioned murders of Chicago mafia figure Sam (Sammy Eyes) Marcello and his bodyguard Joseph (Big Joe) Grisafe sent blood-soaked ripples through a crew of mob misfits who thought they could bump off a respected member of the Outfit’s Cicero regime and get away with it. They badly
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Windy City Wiseguy Played Fast & Loose With Social Security Paperwork, Per New Indictment

December 18, 2019 — Chicago mobster Michael (Big Mickey) Marcello was indicted in federal court this week for stealing $45,000 of Social Security money. The 68-year old Marcello was convicted in the landmark Family Secrets case back in the 2000s and did a half-dozen years in prison for racketeering. His older brother is former Outfit
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Buffalo Strip Club Visited By Feds, Speculation Continues To Grow Around Alleged Magaddino Don Big Joe

December 17, 2019 — A nephew to reputed Buffalo mob boss Joseph (Big Joe) Todaro, Jr. is having his business probed by the feds. Pete Gerace, Jr. the 52-year old owner of the Cheektowaga, New York strip club, Pharoh’s, had his establishment raided by Homeland Security agents last week. In 2012, Gerace, Jr.’s dad, then
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Chicky Cecchetelli Was Staple Of Springfield (MA) Mob, Now An Aspiring Reality Show Personality

December 15, 2019 — Western Massachusetts wiseguy David (Fat Chicky) Cecchetelli was the biggest bookie in Springfield in the early 2000s, running a multi-million dollar sports gambling business in partnership with powers in the city’s mafia. He pleaded guilty to illegal gambling charges in 2005, admitting to booking over $3,000,000 worth of bets and did
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Jailed Genovese Boss Ordered Father-Son Springfield Mob Tandem Sidelined Before He Died, Sources Claim

December 14, 2019 —They say a picture can say a thousand words. This one said, “You’re shelved!” And it echoes from the grave. According to sources, a photo snapped of Springfield (MA) mob elder statesman Amedeo Santaniello and mafia turncoat Felix Tranghese sitting together in 2017 landed Santaniello and his wiseguy son Ralphie on the
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New Claim Says Jimmy Hoffa & N.J. Mob Capo Johnny DiGilio Disposed Of In Same Locale In Carlstadt

December 11, 2019 — According to a deceased New Jersey mobster’s son, slain labor boss Jimmy Hoffa’s final resting place is near the same Carlstadt riverbed murdered Jersey mob capo John (The Count) DiGilio was found floating in a canvas bag on May 26, 1988. DiGilio, 56, was a brash power in the Genovese crime
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Operation Throne Down Comes Down: LCN & Latin Kings Alliance Revealed By Feds In Massachusetts

December 8, 2019 — The Latin Kings and the Springfield (MA) mafia have a working relationship. Over 60 Latin Kings in Massachusetts were indicted by the feds last week for racketeering in an investigation known as “Operation Throne Down”, led by the organization’s east coast boss Michael (King Merlin) Cecchetelli, who is Italian and has
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Hoffa Case Remains On Minds Of U.S. Attys. Office In Detroit, Hint At Future Development

December 6, 2019 — The U.S. Attorneys office in Detroit is chiming in on all the Jimmy Hoffa hubbub. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider told reporters this week, “It’s unresolved (the notorious Hoffa murder case). I have my own theories and there will be more to come on this (from our office)…..There’s still victims, kids, grandkids,
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Cashing In A Marker: Buffalo Drug Lord Back In Trouble With The Feds

December 4, 2019 — Infamous Buffalo drug kingpin Jariel (Doobie) Cobb was recently indicted again on charges of federal narcotics trafficking and is suspected in disposing of a body back in the fall. The 47-year old Cobb has headed Buffalo’s Cash Money Gang for the past two decades. He was busted in 2006 as the
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Hoffa Hoped Philly Mob Don Angelo Bruno Could Save His Dying Bid For Teamsters Presidency

December 3, 2019 — Labor union titan Jimmy Hoffa reached out to Philadelphia mafia boss Angelo Bruno in the months before he was kidnapped and killed in his hometown of Detroit looking for backing from Bruno in his fight to take back the Teamsters, according to FBI debriefing documents known as “302s.” In essence, the
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Mafia Crew In Western Mass. Gets Two Members Back, Valentini & Daniele Cut Loose From The Clink

December 1, 2019 — Springfield (MA) mobsters Richie Valentini and Gerry Daniele were both released from federal prison in recent weeks and are residing in a local halfway house after serving a year and a half behind bars for loansharking, extortion and racketeering. The pair of 55-year old goodfellas were arrested along with three other
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Getting Some Rays: Hoffa Sought Assistance From Suncoast Mob In Fight To Take Back Teamsters

November 29, 2019 — Despite publically pushing an anti-organized crime agenda in a bid to reclaim the top spot in his beloved Teamsters before his death, slain labor boss Jimmy Hoffa was politicking behind the scenes with “Suncoast” mafia dons Carlos Marcello of New Orleans, Santo Trafficante of Florida, Nick Licata of California and Joe
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FBI Agents In Detroit “Intrigued” By New Developments Out Of NJ In Quest To Find Jimmy Hoffa’s Body

November 27, 2019 — The Detroit FBI office doesn’t dismiss new revelations in the search for Jimmy Hoffa’s remains, according to sources in federal law enforcement. One person directly connected to the ongoing investigation calls the recent tip that the slain Teamsters boss was buried in a mob-owned New Jersey landfill “intriguing,” and something that
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Feds Drop Arson Case Against Detroit Urban ‘Folk Hero’ G.G. Rider, Murder Appeal Pending

Gangster Report correspondent Ricardo Ferrell contributed to this article: November 27, 2019 — After trumpeting the indictment back in the summer, the U.S. Attorneys office in Michigan has dropped federal arson and wire fraud charges against George (G.G.) Rider, a man some compare to the fictional character “Ghost,” in the hit television drama Power. The
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The Gun Smokes No More: Infamous Motown Drug Chief, Pony Down Boss Dead AT 70

November 24, 2019 – Detroit street legend Leroy (Gun) Buttrom, founder and boss of the notorious Pony Down gang, died recently of natural causes. The 70-year old Buttrum kept a low profile in his final years. He passed away in September. Buttrom and his brothers started Pony Down in the early 1980s on the city’s
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New Hoffa Tipster Points Author, Authorities Back To NJ’s PJP Landfill To Find Long-Missing Labor Kingfish

November 23, 2019 — Frank Cappola, the son of one-time New Jersey mob associate Paul Cappola, has told legendary investigative journalist Dan Moldea where he believes the remains of slain Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa lie. Cappola has steered Moldea to a specific piece of land at the former site of the PJP Landfill in Jersey
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Pair Of Seven Mile Blood Lieutenants In Detroit Sent Away To Prison For Drugs & Racketeering

November 22, 2019 — Detroit gangland figures Robert (RO Da Great) Brown and Eugene (The Fist) Fisher were sentenced in federal court this week for their 2018 racketeering and drug convictions. Both are members of the Seven Mile Bloods street gang or simply “SMB.” Brown, 38, got hit with a 40-year sentence — he is
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NJ Mafia Capo Tony Pro Had Jimmy Hoffa’s Body Buried In Jersey As “Trophy,” New Report Asserts

November 21, 2019 — A deceased New Jersey mobster’s son says Jimmy Hoffa’s body was viewed as a “trophy” for Genovese crime family capo Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano and he can take authorities to where it is. Philip Moscato, Jr. has gone on-record with Fox News’ Eric Shawn and Dan Moldea, the world’s most-respected authority
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In The Dog House Again: Outlaws MC Bigwig In Boston Burned For Parole Violation

November 18, 2019 — Boston Outlaws Motorcycle Club power Joseph (Joe Dogs) Noe was nailed last week for violating his parole restrictions. The 45-year old Noe was arrested for associating with known felons, specifically attending an Outlaws’ charity fundraiser back in the summer. Joe Dogs served as boss of the Taunton, Massachusetts chapter of the
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Mafia Movie Magic: First Jimmy Hoffa Film In The ‘90s Had Mob Links

November 19, 2019 — Reputed Gambino crime family soldier Joe Isgro, a powerful player in the music business for years dating back to the 1970s, gave Jimmy Hoffa the Hollywood treatment long before Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Netflix got into the game. The 72-year old Isgro produced the 1992 film Hoffa, starring
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Massachusetts Mobsters, Gardner Museum Robbery Suspect Get Out Of Prison Early

November 15, 2019 — Boston mob soldier Stevie Rossetti and Patriarca crime family associate David Turner were recently released from prison early. They were sentenced to nearly 40 years and but did just 20. Both were convicted for plotting to rob the Loomis-Fargo vault, an Easton, Massachusetts armored car way station. Turner is considered a
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Wheeling & Dealing In Steel Town: Pagan’s MC’er Pleads Out In Assault Case

November 13, 2019 — Pittsburgh Pagan’s Motorcycle Club heavy Brian (The Dude) Keruskin copped a plea in state court this week, pleading no contest to leading a beat down of a former associate back in the spring in exchange for a shortened prison term. The 57-year old Keruskin, a widely-respected club veteran nicknamed for his resemblance to
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The Face That Launched 1,000 Ships: SW Detroit Crime Lord Scarface Viramontez Returns Home From Prison

November 12, 2019 – Historic crime boss Tony (Scarface) Virmontez is back in the Motor City. The 49-year old leader of the Latin Counts was released to a halfway house last week after spending more than a decade in a federal prison in Pennsylvania for drugs and racketeering. Scarface Viramontez brought the Latin Counts to Michigan
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Making Amends, Flipping The Script: Prison Lifers In Michigan Look To Reinvent Themselves

Below is a guest piece written by Gangster Report correspondent Ricardo Ferrell telling the inspiring story of three men behind bars, including himself, trying to change their lives in a positive manner. These men are making their prison time work for them by building constructive skill sets and taking ownership of their past wrongs. November
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Born To Be Wild: Chicago Outfit Hit Squad Littered The Streets With Bodies Back In The Day

In the 1970s, the Chicago mob created an epically lethal enforcement unit known as the Wild Bunch. The group of heavy hitters was made up of a half-dozen young assassins led by Harry (The Hook) Aleman, the nephew of Cicero capo Joe Ferriola. Dubbed the Wild Bunch after the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-helmed movie about a
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The Hand That Rocks The Cradle: Famous Chicago Mob Duo Back On The Street

November 9, 2019 — Aging Chicago mafia soldier, Joseph (Jerry the Hand) Scalise and his best friend and longtime partner-in-crime Art (The Genius) Rachel were recently released from federal prison after serving seven years on burglary charges. Local mobologist Chuck Goudie, the leading reporter in the Windy City on Outfit affairs, broke the news of
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Cat Scratch Fever: Mafia War In Canada Claims Another Body, Commisso Clan Strong Arm Clipped

November 8, 2019 — Toronto mobster Antonio (Scratchy) Fiorda was gunned down this week in the suburb of Etobicoke, Ontario. The 50-year old Fiorda is the latest victim in the ongoing gangland war that has engulfed the Canadian underworld this past decade. He was murdered Thursday afternoon in broad daylight in the parking lot of
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Pagan’s MC Leader In Pittsburgh Picked Up For Directing Attack On Deserter

November 6, 2019 — High-ranking Pagan’s Motorcycle Club member Michael (Montana) Barringer was indicted for felony aggravated assault, attempted murder and witness intimidation last week in state court out of Pennsylvania. According to state prosecutors in Pittsburgh, the 59-year old Barringer ordered the beating of Troy Harris, a former Pagan’s full-patcher who left the club
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Doing The Hokey Pokey: Video Poker Proceeds Alleged Stolen By Fmr. Chicago Mafia Witness

November 4, 2019 — Chicago bar owner Vince Dublino, the star witness at the trial of jailed Windy City mob boss Michael (Fat Mike) Sarno in 2010, was arrested last week for felony theft. The 45-year old Dublino is alleged to have stolen money from Accel Entertainment Gaming, the state’s biggest joker poker machine distributor,
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Blood In, Blood Out: Detroit’s Seven Mile Bloods Get Sentenced In Federal Court

November 3, 2019 — Motor City drug lord Corey (Cocaine Sonny) Bailey, the second-in-command and co-founder of the Seven Mile Bloods street gang, and his lieutenant Arlantis (Grimy) Shy were both hit with heavy prison time for convictions they took over a year ago. Bailey, who has been incarcerated since 2014 on an unrelated gun
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The Monster Mash: Outlaws MC Chief From Beantown Busted By Feds For Gun Possession

November 2, 2019 — Boston biker gang boss Bruce (Monster) Sartwell, the president of the Brockton, Massachusetts chapter of the feared Outlaws Motorcycle Club, was arrested last week on federal weapons charges. Facing 10 years in prison, the convicted felon pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday. He was denied bond and will be cooling
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Up In Smoke: Bobby DeLuca Hoped Cooperation Deal Would Result In Promotion To Don Of New England, WPRI Reports

November 1, 2019 – In 2009, Providence mob captain Robert (Bobby the Cigar) DeLuca reached out to cooperate with the Rhode Island State Police and FBI as a way to eliminate his enemies and clear a path for himself to become boss of the Patriarca crime family, according to the brilliantly-crafted Channel 12 WPRI television
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