New England Mafia Acting Boss Anthony Spagnolo Indicted


Anthony (Spucky) Spagnolo has been identified by the feds as the acting boss of the New England mafia in an indictment handed down today. He was charged with extorting protection payments from local social clubs and a video poker machine company. According to the feds Spagnolo ordered fellow New England mobster Pryce (Stretch) Quintina to collect monthly payments from the owners of Constitution Vending Co. a video poker machines company.


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“Anthony Spagnolo”


Both Spagnolo and Quintina have been arrested on a single count of conspiring to interfere with commerce through extortion. It is not the first time that Spucky has had trouble with the feds having pleaded guilty to extortion, racketeering, and drug charges back in 1990. He refused to admit that he was in the Mafia then but according to the FBI he was in a house back in 1989 in which a Patriarca crime family induction ceremony took place and was recorded.


He was part of 21 alleged members of the Patriarca family or New England La Cosa Nostra family which included the then alleged boss back in 1990.



New England Mafia capo Matthew Guglielmetti released from prison


Matthew “Matty” Guglielmetti a reputed capo in the New England Mafia has been released from prison after completing a ten year sentence for drug trafficking and is currently on home confinement. The now 65 year old wiseguy pleaded guilty to agreeing to protect a shipment of cocaine that was being moved through his Rhode Island turf. Authorities claim that Guglielmetti was a close associate of former New England mob boss Raymond “Junior” Patriarca and held the ranks of capo regime in the crime family before going away. His name was even part of the informant files of both James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi former leaders of the Irish Mafia in Boston. He was considered a very high ranking member of the Mafia in New England and held a significant power with in the family according to law enforcement.


“Matthew Guglielmetti”


Guglielmetti is coming home to a much different New England crime family then the one he knew when he went into prison ten years ago. The 2011 busts and convictions along with other arrests of many high ranking mobsters has really limited the strength and effectiveness of the Patriarca crime family. Assistant Special Agent in charge of Boston office Jeffrey Sallet even went as far as calling New England organized crime “decimated” after the recent round of convictions.

The power base of the New England family or what is left of it is believed to have shifted from Rhode Island to Boston after the latest busts. According to law enforcement and many mob insiders there is not much left of the Rhode Island faction of La Cosa Nostra and its strength had dwindled considerably. As Sallet also was quoted as saying it is not a very friendly atmosphere for the mob to do business anymore in Rhode Island and they have continue to keep the pressure on.

Only time will tell if Guglielmetti has plans to rejoin the mafia in New England but many believe if he should choose to he could be a key player in any chance the crime family has of rebuilding its ranks.



New England Mafia to get high ranking mobsters back on street in 2014


The ranks of the New England mafia also known as the Patriarca crime family has been decimated over last few years under constant pressure by the feds. The power base of the mafia family has seemingly now shifted from Rhode Island to Boston after losing many of its leaders and Assistant Special Agent of Boston FBI office stated that right now RI has very limited strength in the ranks of La Cosa Nostra. But the beleaguered crime family could have a chance to rebuild its ranks in 2014 as many high ranking members of the mafia in New England are set to be released from prison. If these high ranking members hit the streets and look to take back control it could be an interesting year for the New England mafia. Some could argue that there isn’t much left in New England to take control of but the mafia has shown in the past it has a knack for reviving itself and continuing to earn.


“Matthew Guglielmetti at a previous trial” 


Among the high ranking New England mobsters set to be released is alleged capo regime Matthew Guglielmetti. According to bureau of prisons records the now 65 year old mobster could be released to home confinement or a half way house as early as June and have his sentence completed by December of this year. He is a highly respected mobster in New England mob and was said to once be main contact to Raymond Patriarca Jr according to former leader turned rat Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi. Guglielmetti is serving out a ten plus year sentence after a guilty plea to charges of drug trafficking promising to protect a cocaine shipment being moved through Rhode Island. He was also part of a 1989 mob induction ceremony that was secretly recorded by the feds that has been used on multiple occasions to prove the mafia in New England exists.

Also set to be released this year along with Guglielmetti are former New England mob boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio, capo Alfred “Chippy” Scivola, and associate Raymond “Scarface” Jenkins. Manocchio and Scivola were convicted for a shake down scheme of local area strip clubs and Jenkins for extortion conspiracy. If is still uncertain if any or all of these mobsters will look to re-establish their positions with in the crime family and get back to business or if they will simply stay out of it. The mafia today is much different then it was decades ago and these guys will quickly realize that its not a very friendly environment for them to do business in anymore. But with veteran leadership back in place perhaps the New England mafia can once again begin to rebuild at least to some extent or perhaps the once powerful crime family is finally down for the count.


New England mafia capo Bobo Marrapese sentenced to nine years


Frank “Bobo” Marrapese a capo for the New England mafia also known as the Patriarca crime family plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and was sentenced to nine years in prison. He was arrested back in 2011 for his role in an illegal gambling operation while he was on parole for a previous murder conviction. Marrapese will be credited for time served for the 2.5 years he has spent in prison since his arrest. Although he looked like an ordinary 70 year old senior citizen in court he has a reputation for being a vicious enforcer for the New England mob. He was caught on a secret wiretap in February 2011 in a conversation with mob associate Thomas “Red Ball” Hartley saying “People know about me and what im about, people soil their pants when they hear my name”.


“Frank Marrapese”


Marrapese spent 25 years in prison for the 1975 murder of mafia associate Richard A. “Dickie” Callei. The hit went unsolved for several years with Marrapese as a prime suspect before he was finally convicted for it in 1987. He was also charged with the mob murders of Anthony “The Moron” Mirabella and Ronald McElroy in the 1980’s but was found not guilty in both cases. Only five years out of prison and Marrapese had already resumed his criminal ways running the illegal sports gambling operation along with fellow mobsters Edward Lato and Alfred “Chippy” Scivola Jr. Both Lato and Scivola are currently in prison after pleading guilty to their parts in a mob shakedown scheme of Providence strip clubs.

The New England mafia is thought by many to be on the ropes and almost completely dismantled from recent convictions by the feds. Marrapese is another of the few remaining active Patricarca family mobsters taken off the streets in last couple of years. With many of its leaders now in prison and its remaining hierarchy aging many wonder how stable the La Cosa Nostra family in New England is currently and if any power remains.


Massachusetts businessman identified as made man in New England Mafia


Joseph Ruggiero Sr a top Fall River, Massachusetts businessman has been identified as a made man in the New England mafia. In 2012 Ruggiero was credited by Mayor Will Flanagan with saving hundreds of jobs with his purchase and restoration of a local Fall River ford dealership. He was then voted onto the board of Economic Development in Fall River after investing Millions in property deals which included the crumbling Bedford street police station. Ruggiero now had a celebrated public persona and a rising reputation as a respectable local business owner and investor. But court documents and members of law enforcement paint a very different image of Ruggiero. Rhode Island state police head identified Ruggiero as a made man of the New England mob.


“Joseph Ruggiero (up front)”


In 2011 documents filed in connection with the trail of former New England mafia boss Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio identified Ruggiero as part of La Cosa Nostra. Manocchio along with eight others was convicted of leading a scheme to shake down local strip clubs in 1990’s. According to court filings in the case Manocchio was accompanied by a person identified as NELCN member Joseph Ruggiero on a trip to Italy in 2009 which Manocchio lied about taking. Another federal document filed in 2012 once again links Ruggiero to the New England mob in a special condition of probation for mobster Theodore Cardillo. Cardillo was ordered to stay away from five members of organized crime including Ruggiero as part of his probation conditions.

Mafia investigator and superintendent of Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell said that Ruggiero was also identified as a made member of the New England mafia during interviews investigators had with known mafia associates. O’Donnell also said that Ruggiero was known to be close to high ranking mobsters Frank Salemme and Robert DeLuca along with Manocchio. At one point Ruggiero had Salemme’s son working at one of his car dealerships and O’Donnell said Ruggiero and Salemme once the head of the New England mob before being indicted back in 1995 go way back.
In recent years law enforcement has decimated the New England mafia and many question if their is even a current leadership structure in place. But O’Donnell warns that even with the current state of the organized crime family that doesn’t mean some factions are not still trying to rebuild.