New England Mafia rebuilding the ranks


New England mafia has been one of the Cosa Nostra families hit hardest by the efforts of law enforcement with help of turncoats over the last decade in the United States. Known as the Patriarca crime family the once powerful mob enterprise has fallen on hard times seeing much of its hierarchy imprisoned over the last few years. Now some of the key players in the New England mob are starting to make their way back on the streets and there may be signs the family is trying to rebuild its ranks. Although current reputed boss Anthony DiNunzio remains behind bars serving the remainder of a six year sentence from a 2012 conviction.


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Carmen (The Cheeseman) DiNunzio


Among the high ranking members back on streets now are underboss Carmen DiNunzio and powerful captain Matthew Guglielmetti. According to mob sources Carmen along with current acting boss Anthony “Spucky” Spagnolo have begun to induct some new blood into the mob family. In a recent making ceremony attended by Spagnolo, DiNunzio, and Guglielmetti among others multiple new members were inducted including Salvatore Marino and Johnny Scarpelli according to underworld sources.

Both Scarpelli and Marino are long time members of Carmen’s crew getting pinched with him in a 2003 gambling case and again in a 2006 racketeering indictment. Seen as loyal lieutenants for doing their time on both occasions and keeping quiet they were believed to be on track for becoming made members of the New England mob for last couple years. The mafia family has a long way to go to replenish their severely depleted ranks and will likely never fully recover from the recent damage done by law enforcement. But it will definitely be worth keeping an eye on the mafia news coming out of New England in coming months.

New England Mafia sees end of an era with death of Frank Angiulo


Francesco “Frank” Angiulo was one of an infamous group of brothers who ran New England mafia business from Boston’s North End from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Frank Angiulo was the last of the crew and his death marks the end of an era for the New England mob. Frank was a bookkeeper for the mafia’s gambling and loan sharking business under his brother Gennaro Angiulo the underboss of the Patriarca crime family at the time. The brother operated out of a small North End office and were part of the fabric of the neighborhood for years controlling mob business from Boston to Worcester.


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Francesco Angiulo (center)


Gennaro led the family while brother Frank did the books along with Donato who served as a capo and Michele a mob underling. The Angiulo brothers personified the old guard of the mafia who adhered to a code while running their lucrative rackets. Until 1981 when the feds using a bug located in Gennaro’s headquarters on Prime St. captured conversations of him and his underlings talking about mob murders and other various crimes.


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Francesco Angiulo (front, hands behind back), with brothers Michele (no jacket) and brother Donato at their Prince St office


In 1986 the first trial targeting the New England mob hierarchy took place ending with convictions for all of the Angiulo brothers. Waves of indictments and prosecutions would follow that trial leading to the decimation of the mob family. As the brothers slowly returned to the streets from 1990’s onward they found a much weakened mafia in Boston and the North End had changed and was in flux no longer being mainly Italian.

Frank was never charged with participating in any violent mob crimes unlike his brothers and was known as the quiet brother who capably did the books. Lifelong residents of the North End in Boston say the Angiulo’s kept the neighborhood safe in those days and weren’t a bad name growing up. Attorney Elliot Weinstein who represented Frank in his racketeering case called the mobsters death the closing of a chapter of Boston mafia history.

Luigi Manocchio former New England mafia boss released from prison


Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio the former boss of the New England mafia was released from prison to a half way house as he finishes out his 5 1/2 year prison sentence for shaking down local area strip clubs. He pleaded guilty back in 2012 along with other New England mob members including capo Edward “Eddie” Lato. Manocchio will see his sentence officially end in November and could be moved to home confinement at some point prior to then.


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Luigi Manocchio


Baby Shacks is believed to be officially retired from the mafia in New England after stepping down as boss of the family. The New England mafia 2015 is still very much in a stats of disarray after its hierarchy was dismantled by the latest rounds of federal indictments with help from mob turncoats. What is left of the family is in somewhat of a state of transition as its power base shifts from Providence to Boston.

With some established mobsters beginning to make it back to the streets after long prison sentences perhaps the mob family once again has a shot to stabilize itself and begin to rebuild the ranks. Its doubtful that Manocchio will play any official part in things although perhaps unofficially he can be a source of advice and counsel as family tries to recover.


New England mafia under boss Carmen DiNunzio set for early release


Carmen DiNunzio also known as “The Cheeseman” under boss of the New England mafia is set to be released from earlier then expected. Taking advantage of some prison programs DiNunzio and his attorney was able to swing a deal convincing a judge to shorten his six year prison term. He was sentenced back in 2009 to six years on corruption charges He was serving both a federal and state sentence concurrently after his 2009 convictions on bribery and corruption charges. He is now set to become a free man again on Feb 19th.


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Carmen DiNunzio


With the Patriarca crime family being decimated by law enforcement over the last few years many wonder if The Cheeseman steps into the top spot upon his release. With the recent indictment of alleged acting boss Anthony Spagnolo there once again seems to be an opening a top the crime family. Carmen’s brother Anthony DiNunzio was believed to have held rank of acting boss and some believed may have even taken over as official boss before he was convicted back in 2012.

With Anothony currently serving his own six year sentence it is unclear as to who is officially in control of the Patriarca family currently. Some believe that maybe long time mobster Peter Limone may still be involved in some sort of leadership capacity although that has not been substantiated.


New England Mafia capo Eddie Lato gets 10 year suspended sentence


Edward “Eddie” Lato a capo in the New England Mafia also known as the Patriarca crime family was back in Rhode Island to answer to state charges for an illegal gambling ring. A Superior Court judge sentenced the New England mob capo regime to a 10 year suspended sentence with 10 years of probation saying the sentence was to be served at same time he is serving his federal prison term. Lato is serving time in a federal prison for his part in a scheme to shake down local are strip clubs busted by feds back in 2012.


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“Edward Lato”


The state case has been on hold because Lato was wrapped up in the larger federal case which also took down former boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio and reputed under boss Anthony DiNunzio along with multiple other mob members and associates. Lato received one of the longer sentences from the convictions because of his lengthy criminal history in the mob.

The stats gambling case also included Frank “Bobo” Marrapesse and Alfred “Chippy” Scivola also reputed members of the mafia. Marrapesse was out on parole for a gangland slaying of Richard “Dickie” Callie back in 1987. There were 23 suspects in all netted in the gambling sting back in May of 2011.