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Jan. 31, 2022

Family Feud - The Hill - Part 2


As the Gang War in Boston heated up, the gang on Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island, had a feud of their own going on. But this time it was very much a family affair. Featuring the crimes and family drama of the Baccaris, the Marfeos, and their extended family.

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Transcript

Lara:

 

Hi everyone! We’re back this week to continue discussing the activities of Raymond Patriarca and the men who frequented or were frequent topics of discussion at the Coin-O-Matic. We definitely need to do another episode about the comings and goings there, but today we are focusing on the feuds between the Marfeo, Melei and Baccari families.

 

I’ve been obsessed with quotes these days, so I have to share one that I think is perfect for this episode.

 

“Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.” I wish I knew who to attribute that one to.



Nina:

 

It’s so apropos. You either face the jury or the casket. Either way you make the newspapers. And these people certainly did!

 

We’ll also be covering Jackie Nazarian and Rudy Sciarra today. But only up until 1966. The slayings of Rudy Marfeo and Anthony Melei and the aftermath will be part of this season’s finale. 

 

Lara, who do you want to start with?



Lara:

 

Let’s start with the connections between the families, and then go in chronological order for the most part covering what they were up to. 

 

Joe Baccari was married to Gloria Curria

Rudy Marfeo was married to Gloria’s sister Evelyn Curria

Savino Marfeo was married to Angelina Baccari

Freddy Marfeo was married to Rosina Baccari

Jackie Nazarian was married to Sarah Baccari

Louis Marfeo was married to Antoinette Barbieri - John Barbieri was her older brother.

 

The link to this episode’s page is in the show notes where you can find their wikitree pages, if you’re interested more in their family connections. Nina has started a gangster project on Wikitree which you’re welcome to join. The link for that is also in the show notes. 



Nina:

 

Yes, please join in if you have information on anyone in particular or if you’re a genealogy enthusiast like Lara and I are. 

 

Let’s give some family background before we jump into the timeline. I’ll start with Jackie and then weave the others in.

 

John F. “Jackie” Nazarian was born on May 3, 1926 in Providence, RI to John Nazarian and Mary Giordano. He was married to Sarah Baccari, who was born on April 8, 1931 in Providence, Rhode Island. Sarah was the thirteenth child of Gaetano Baccari and Angelina Barone. Gaetano Baccari was born in Benevento, Campania, Italy and came to the United States when he was about 6 years old. Angelina Barone was born in New York but moved to Rhode Island with her family sometime prior to her marriage in May 1907. Her brother, Alberto, was an associate of the Morelli brothers and was sent to the Atlanta Pen with them in 1920.

 

Neither of us were able to find a marriage license for Sarah and Jackie. The Rhode Island Marriage Index only goes to 1920. Bizarrely, Rhode Island residents were running across the border into Bristol County, Massachusetts to get married in the 1930s. So I can only imagine what the rules governing marriage licenses were like in Rhode Island. 

 

Lara:

 

On Jackie’s draft card he is described as 5’8”, 145 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. 

 

The first arrest I could find for Jackie was in October of 1942. He and two other boys robbed a cigarette truck and sold the cigarettes to a store owner. It doesn’t appear he served any time for this offense because he was still underaged.



Nina:

 

Let me bring in the Marfeo family next. Savino Marfeo Sr. was born in 1886 in Caserta, Campania, Italy. He arrived in the United States in 1905 and married Lucia DeNunzio in Providence the following year. They were the parents of eleven children, two of whom married Baccari girls.

 

And then finally, the Sciarra family. Antonio Sciarra was born in 1885 in Pico, Lazio, Italy, and immigrated to the US in 1901. He married Antonetta Brosco who was from Roccamonfina, Caserta, Campania, in 1907 and they had 11 children. From what we could find none of the Sciarra family intermarried with the Baccaris or the Marfeos, but that didn’t stop them from running together. Now that we’ve got that mess out of the way, let’s get into their crimes. We’re starting in the 1940s.



Lara:

 

In October of 1942, Rudy Sciarra, Willie Marfeo and Angelo DiSarro were arrested for a b&e at the West Exchange Warehouse. The liquor theft took place in April of 1941. Willie had several priors at that point for mostly driving offenses but also attempted larceny. Rudy Sciarra enlisted in the army on March 1st of 1943, presumably to avoid a jail sentence. But Willie Marfeo continued on his mini crime spree. With Rudy in the service, he found a partner in crime in Rudy’s brother, Dante Sciarra. They were both arrested in July of 1943 for breaking into 5 freight cars in the Harris Ave Freight Yard. By August, Willie had broken out of jail and was on the lam. Two months later he was recaptured and sentenced to 3 years. Willie’s brother, Joseph Marfeo, was also in trouble. In August of that year he was arrested and held on $5000 bail for a b&e. And Rudy Marfeo pled guilty to a b&e of a social club in September of 1943. The following month Anthony Marfeo was sentenced to 3 years for receiving stolen goods. He would end up serving over a year longer than he should have because of his continued escape attempts.



Nina:

 

In December of 1943, Joe “Buffy” Baccari was picked up for larceny. He had stolen $151.40 worth of merchandise from a parked truck. The following month, Jackie and two others were arrested for stealing 50 ounces of silver valued at $400. In February, Jackie was sentenced to 9 months, but the sentence was deferred. A Federal warrant was issued for Rudy Marfeo and Joe Baccari that same month. They were accused of stealing $1000 worth of silver from a truck on December 16, 1943. In March, Willie Marfeo pleaded guilty for his pending case, and Dante Sciarra and Anthony Marfeo were given probation for their pending case. Two other Baccaris were also in trouble with the law that year. Ido was arrested for deserting the Army, and in retaliation Albert pelted the cops with rocks.



Lara:

 

1945 was a relatively quiet year except for Willie Marfeo. In September, after being freed he stole some clothing and led the police on a chase. He landed back in jail once again. In January of 1946, Jackie Nazarian knocked down and robbed a man of $5.70. He was picked up and bail was denied because of the previously deferred sentence. That same month Joe Baccari, Rudy Marfeo and Valentino Cairo were tried for stealing gold plates from a truck worth $900. They were each sentenced to 3 years in state prison. Frank Melei was arrested for stealing jewelry from parked cars that same month. On May 28, 1946, Jackie was sentenced to 18 months in state prison. Later in the year Anthony Marfeo was facing betting charges.




Nina:

 

1947 was also relatively quiet as most of the boys were off the street. But Louis Marfeo was arrested in December for possession of stolen property. 

 

The following May, Freddy Marfeo married Rose Baccari. 

 

Frank Melei was picked up in October of 1948 for stealing radiators. The following month, Jackie Nazarian, Joseph Baccari and Anthony Marfeo were arrested for stealing 14 bales of worsted wool. Anthony and Joseph were also charged with stealing a couple of bathrobes. By February of 1949, Jackie, Albert Baccari and Eleuterio Marzilli were facing charges for the theft of 5 bales of worsted wool from a truck. Each was convicted and Jackie was given a 4 year Federal sentence landing him in the Pen in Atlanta. 

 

I just want to complain again that we have repeatedly asked the Archives for the documents related to this case and our requests have gone ignored.

 

Later in ‘49 Joe Baccari was charged along with Rudy Marfeo with burglary charges. Joe received 5 years and Rudy received a deferred sentence.



Lara:

 

Jackie wasn’t the only Nazarian family member who was up to no good. His brother was arrested in October of 1949 for stealing cigars, cigarettes, candy, linens and bed sheets.  His father was arrested in December of 1949 for possessing illegal lottery slips, and again in January of 1950 for illegal sales of alcohol at the local bocci club. In March of 1950, Jackie’s brother, Paul, was killed in a car accident along with two of his neighbors. 



Nina:

 

Other than some minor traffic violations, the ‘50s started off uneventfully. Savino Marfeo married the youngest Baccari, Angelina, in April 1951. Then in June of 1951 Anthony Marfeo was indicted for conspiracy to steal silver wire worth $1700. Anthony still had 2 deferred sentences, so he was held without bail. 

 

In the spring of 1952 Arnold Schuster was shot to death in NY. It was believed he was marked for the hit because he turned Willie the Actor Sutton into the police. The story goes that John “Chappy” Mazziotta was shaking down Sutton. Mazziotta lost a source of income because Schuster gave up Sutton. And that’s why Mazziotta whacked Schuster. According to Raymond Patriarca, Mazziotta ended up on the lam in Nazarian’s house in the summer of 1952. 

 

You’ll recall from our previous episode that Harvey Bistany was an associate of Sutton’s and was arrested at a diner on the Providence Warwick highway in early May that year with Denny Lytwyn Raimondi. Also arrested with them was Michael Mandella. Maybe Bistany was looking for Maziotta. Or maybe he’d already killed him. Walter Stone said that Bistany had a .38 revolver in a shoulder holster and a .32 automatic in his pants pocket when they picked him up. And we know Denny Lytwyn was carrying. 

 

What happened to Mazziotta after he left Jackie’s is still a mystery to this day. Or if he ever left. His body has never been found. The authorities were still looking for him as late as 1975. Another name added to the list of the missing. 

 

In September 1952, Jackie’s father passed away.



Lara:

 

Joseph Marfeo was back in court in late 1952 for receiving illegal welfare payments, and his brother Savino was facing charges for participating in a b&e.  The following year in February, Rudy Marfeo was sentenced to one year in prison. On March 28th, 1953 the courthouse in Providence was the place to be. Louis Manocchi was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and illegal possession of a concealed weapon. Tiger Balleto was indicted for larceny. Dominic Biafore was facing robbery charges, as was his brother-in-law Max Inserra who was also hit with weapons charges. Anthony Rotondo and Raymond Curcio were looking at charges for a b&e of a tv set. 



Nina:

 

What was with these people and their tv set obsession? Punchy, Pro… there’s somebody else, but I can’t remember who it is now.



Lara:

 

Fucking kleptos! Who knows! I remember the story about my uncle Danny and Johnny Mazur trying to steal a radio, but it was plugged in and they both got caught. Madness!

Ok, back to my list.

 

And last but not least Savino Marfeo Jr. received a deferred sentence for robbing a social club. Then in June, Joseph Baccari killed Augustino Bucci in a barroom brawl. Augustino used to run with Jackie Nazarian. And let’s not forget about the Melei brothers. In November the Bar-Mel jewelry store was nearly burnt down. I’m not sure what the real story was, but it wouldn’t be the only fire there.



Nina:

 

In late April 1954, Jackie Nazarian and two other men were arrested on charges of the rape and robbery of Alice Nalbandian. The judge cleared them in July of that year based on testimony from a police officer who said that Mrs. Nalbandian wasn’t sure about the identities of her attackers. 

 

In January the following year, Jackie was once again in court. First for assaulting a man with a tire iron. The victim reneged and said he wasn't sure who had attacked him. The following day, Jackie along with his brothers-in-law, Harry and Joseph Baccari appeared in court. The three of them were charged with scamming $2500 from John Barbieri, a local building contractor, who also happened to be their brother-in-law! They’d promised him 50,000 feet of mixed lumber, but then never delivered. The charges against Jackie and Joe Baccari were dismissed but Harry Baccari was held on $4000 bond. Barbieri would be charged with perjury in the summer, but the charges were eventually dropped.



Lara:

 

Joseph Baccari didn’t stay out of trouble for long. In March of 1955 he was charged with the murder of Ernest (Lefty) Pizzo. Joseph pleaded no contest in June and was sentenced to 20 years in state prison.

 

George “Tiger” Balletto was shot to death as he sat on a stool at the Bella Napoli on August 10, 1955. The bartender, Jerry Paolucci, told the police that Balletto had been drinking since about 7:30 pm and that for about an hour before the shooting at 12:30 am he had become more and more obnoxious, challenging everyone in the bar. Jerry claimed that when the first shot was fired he ducked. According to Jerry there were about a dozen people in the bar, but when he looked out a few moments later, it was empty, and Balletto was laying across two stools. SP Col. Walter Stone said that the murderer had stood in an alcove in the back of the bar, approached Balletto from behind, and shot him five times. 

 

Balletto had a record dating back to 1933, and acquaintances said his personality ranged from good natured to bone crushing, so there were plenty of people who might have been motivated to kill him. Alfredo “The Blind Pig” Rossi was also on the scene when the police arrived, but he claimed he wasn’t in the bar but rather across the street when the shooting happened. Rossi was a close associate of Raymond’s,a  frequent visitor to the Coin-O-Matic and rumored to be one of the largest fences in the Northeast. His son, John, would eventually get himself wrapped up with Raymond’s inner circle. He’ll be covered at the end of this season.





Nina:

 

A 7 hour autopsy showed that two 9mm slugs passed through Balletto’s heart, one shattered his skull, and two hit his legs. All the shots were fired at close range. 

 

A sixth rusty .32 caliber bullet was lodged deep in his right shoulder. It had come from a 1947 alley brawl. That crime had gone unsolved because Belletto had given the cops conflicting stories about the shooting. 

 

On November 14th, Edward Hannan was found beaten and strangled to death. It was believed that he was killed because he witnessed the shooting of Balletto. Another witness, Thomas Shandley, was under police protection following the killing of Hannan. No one was ever convicted of either the Balletto or Hannan murders, but Walter Stone believed it was Jackie, and the local newspapers ran with it, calling Jackie “a key suspect” in Balletto’s killing. Try getting a fair trial in that kind of environment. 



Lara:

 

Balletto and Hannan were both ex-boxers. Balletto and Michael Mandella, no known relation to Raymond’s wife, had been running a betting scam called “past posting.” They would place bets on horse races after they had already been run. Frank Ferrarra was in charge of that scam. There were rumors that they had been skimming from Frank. Of course I’m suspicious that the Blind Pig was on the scene. Not that he would have been the hitter, but maybe he was there to make sure the hit went down. 



Nina:

 

I have my suspicions too. I too don’t believe that Jackie killed him. The authorities wanted to make something stick. After the case with Mrs. Nalbandian flopped, they slapped him with the charge of assault with intent to murder. This time for trying to kill Louis Grieco on July 4, 1954. Jackie was freed on January 19, 1956 because Grieco refused to testify. Later that month, Frank Melei was found innocent of stealing a tv set.



Lara:

 

Well at least Frank didn’t claim he lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas like Punchy did when he got pinched stealing a TV. Like no one knew him in the police department. Ok back to RI.



Nina:

 

Then on February 11th, Jackie was indicted for the murder of Balletto, and held without bail. The trial was delayed numerous times, but then in October of 1956 the court reintroduced the case against him regarding the robbery, rape and assault of Alice Nalbandian from 1954. The case ended in a hung jury. A grand jury was convened to bring jury tampering charges in January of 1957, but it was abandoned. Later that month jury selection began for the Balletto murder trial. Despite witness testimony placing Jackie at the scene, he was acquitted on February 15th and freed on $5000 bail for burglary, the only charge the court was willing to pursue against him in the Alice Nalbandian case. The burglary charge was dropped in September.



Lara:

 

Not to leave out the others, let me backtrack a little. In March of ‘56 Joseph Marfeo was arrested for safe cracking. The judge set bail at $60,000. He made bail the same day despite being on welfare. In May, Louis Marfeo was shot in the foot in his pizza parlor. There were no witnesses and Louis said he couldn’t ID his assailant. By July Anthony Melei was picked up on a b&e charge, and in September Joseph got a 2.5 year sentence for the safecracking charges. The following month the Marfeo dice game was raided. Arrested were Frank and Rudy Marfeo, Dante Sciarra and Louis Manocchio’s brother, Andrew. 



Nina:

 

At the beginning of ‘57, Domenic “Rocky” Valente was found in Pawtucket shot to death in his car. He was shot 9 times, and a penny was found in his hand. The police said that it was a gangland trademark stating the victim’s life wasn’t worth a penny.  An associate of Rocky’s, Michael Mandella was found shot to death in his car in September. A total of 10 rounds were pumped into his body. It was rumored that Mandella was pressuring other bookies. Jackie Nazarian was a suspect in both cases. The following month, Albert Anastasia was killed in a barbershop in NYC. 

 

Many writers have stated as fact that Raymond lent out Jackie to whack Albert Anastasia with Joe Gallo. They claim the source was the wiretap at Raymond’s office. What Raymond did say was that New York approached him looking for a hitter. Considering the content of the transcripts that have been released, it is far more likely, Raymond was suffering from hubris rather than stating a fact. According to the transcripts Raymond claimed that the Genovese family contacted him to assist in the assassination of Anastasia and he sent Nazarian. Congressional reports and House hearings ran with that snippet. Including that when New York needed a hitter they went to RI. We have said this in multiple episodes before, but Raymond was barely able to take out Willie Marfeo in his own neighborhood. When Barboza testified in 1972 during the Organized Crime in Sports hearings, he testified that Jackie killed Anastatsia at the behest of Raymond and was responsible for 26 murders. He went on to testify that Frank Costello directed Raymond to kill Walther Reuther in 1938, but he shot the refrigerator instead. 




Lara:

 

Raymond spent all of but one month of 1938 in the can! 

 

I highly doubt that!



Nina:

 

Well, Barboza was only a decade off. He was as unreliable as Vinnie Teresa. Reuther was shot in his kitchen in 1948, not 1938! To further discredit himself, Barboza told the Committee that Raymond took over New England from a man named Bo Bigelow in 1947!



Lara:

 

Who the hell is Bo Bigelow? Talk about a fugazi! Barboza was a worse liar than Vinnie! No wonder Frank Salemme sat in front of the Senators and lied through his teeth. Precedent had been set by Barboza and Teresa.



Nina:

 

Don’t get me started on Frankie Salemme and his lies! We are going to pick that thing apart. 

Anyway, Barboza claimed that those connections were the reason why Raymond was contracted to kill Anastasia! 



Lara:

 

Hey, he shot up a refrigerator. You’d reach out to him too to take out the head of Murder Incorporated! 

The theory behind Raymond being involved stemmed from his ties to the Genovese family, and of course out of towners would be plausible. But the more plausible theory was that Gambino used drug dealers loyal to him from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to kill Anastasia, including Stephen Armone, Stephen Grammauta, and Arnold Wittenberg.

 

 

Nina:

I get that Genovese wanted to take out Anastasia, but his reasoning was that he needed Anastasia out of the way to take out Frank Costello. But that didn’t happen. Frank went into a sort of retirement and died of old age. And Genovese died in the can. It was rumored that Luciano paid a drug dealer to testify against Genovese. The bad blood between them went back decades. You’ll remember from episode 20 that Luciano, Anastasia and Costello squeezed Genovese into a truce in 1946. Carlo Gambino being behind the hit on Anastasia is much more likely. After all he was Anastasia’s underboss at that time, and by eliminating Anastasia, Gambino became the boss. The Anastasia Family became the Gambino Family upon his murder. Maybe that story was part of what motivated John Gotti to take out Castellano.

 

Lara:

As for Jackie killing 26 people, who did he kill? The number of hits in RI from the time he was old enough to the time he died was five! And he probably didn’t kill Balletto. Maybe he took out Mike Mandela as he was out of prison by then, and Eddie Hannan happened a month before he was arrested again. John Felix Letendre was hit in April of 1946 and Carlton O’Brien in May of 1952. Both of those murders remain unsolved. Col. Stone testified at a Senate Hearing that he believed Jackie killed both Mandela and Letendre. 

 

Nina:

Another very unreliable source.

During the McLelland hearings in February of 1959, Raymond was questioned about his inheritance that he claimed his mother left him and that he used as his initial investment in the National Cigarette Co. His statement that he inherited $80,000 was called into doubt as on paper he only received $6,993.65, and there wasn’t a will. Raymond said it was in property and life insurance. When questioned about his relationship with Nazarian, Raymond stated that he never worked for him or Carrozza at National Cigarette. Further he said he had no knowledge of any Brooklyn contacts Jackie might have had or any idea what Jackie’s profession was. The committee queried him about the Tiger Balletto murder, but Raymond’s counsel, Curran, interjected that Jackie had been cleared of all charges. Curran had also been Jackie’s lawyer in the Balletto trial. The committee pressed on including that the chief witness in Balletto’s murder was strangled to death three weeks later. Of course, Raymond denied any knowledge.

 

Lara:

The month after Raymonds testimony at the hearings, Nicky Bianco, Willie Marfeo, Louis Manocchio, Jackie Nazarian and two others were arrested as suspicious persons. Rudy Sciarra was picked up on drug charges the following month. Then in April the Bel-Mar which was owned by Edward Melei was robbed and the storeroom was torched. They claimed that costume jewelry had been taken. 

In June, Bobby Fairbrothers and Anthony Carruso were shot by the cops while doing a b&e.

To finish off 1959, Gaetano DiNicola was found shot to death in his car in Framingham, MA. He was believed to be an enforcer from Connecticut. In his pocket was Jackie Nazarian’s phone number on a piece of scratch paper. However, 1960 seemed to be relatively quiet.



Nina:

 

Anthony Melei was arrested on assault charges in May of ‘61. Then in September, Jackie was involved in a hit and run with a motorcycle. He fled the scene and the driver of the motorcycle was seriously injured. Jackie was arrested the following day and freed on $10,000 bail. Willie Marfeo was charged for illegal gambling in August.

 

In the meantime, Jackie was shaking down people all over the city, threatening them with personal injury or damage to their property. He forced one store owner to pay up to prevent his windows from being smashed.

 

 At one point he was described as a “good kid” in his earlier years. But had become a “wino” and was rumored to be drinking a gallon of wine at a time.



Lara:

 

On January 13, 1962 Jackie was shot five times at close range. That evening he had eaten at a cafe on Federal Hill and had left alone. A short distance from the cafe, he was shot in the mouth, left shoulder, back and buttocks. Two women called the police after hearing cries for help and found Jackie at their door. They recognized him and asked if he had been in a fight and he said yeah. An ambulance arrived and rushed him to the hospital. He refused to tell the cops who his assailant was, and eventually succumbed to his injuries on the 17th. 

 

Rudy Sciarra was the prime suspect and was arrested at his home on January 24th. After Rudy was arrested for Jackie’s killing, Raymond was contemplating hiring an unnamed ballistics expert and fingerprint expert. Another theory for why Jackie was killed was because when Raymond was sick, Jackie was supposedly telling people he was going to take Raymond’s spot.

One year later, Willie Marfeo was also arrested for Jackie’s murder, but they couldn’t get an indictment. Rudy Sciarra was acquitted in February of ‘63. Curran was also his attorney.  It would be another 7 years until Louis “the Fox” Taglianetti would be charged with Jackie’s murder. Louis was killed shortly after. No one was ever convicted of Jackie’s or Louis’ murder.




Nina:

 

I wonder how many unsolved gangland murders there are between RI and MA.



Lara:

 

I’d say the majority of them have gone unsolved.



Nina:

 

Another research project to add to the list.

 

Back to the ‘60s. In February of 1964, Rudy and Savino Marfeo, Frank and Anthony Melei and Richard DiSarro were arrested on gaming charges. Two days later Rose Marfeo, the wife of one the Marfeo boys, home was broken into. Rugs and clothing were taken. Two months later Savino Marfeo was picked up on welfare fraud charges. A couple of months later Willie Marfeo was arrested for receiving $6000 worth of stolen men’s suits, but the charges would be dropped later in the summer. In May the gambling charges were also dropped against the Marfeos, Meleis and DiSarro. But later that month Louis Marfeo and his wife were hit with illegal gambling charges. Family business, after all.




Lara:

 

Willie Marfeo was once again charged with illegal gambling activities in March of 1965. He was released on $500 bail. John Barbieri was found under a pile of leaves shot to death that same month. Then in July Savino Marfeo too was arrested on gambling charges along with his wife Angelina, but the charges against Willie were thrown out. Anthony A. Melei in the meantime was charged with stealing a dog and possession of heroin for which he was fined $50. In June Edward Sciarra was picked up for possession of betting slips. A little over a week later, Rudy Sciarra, Louis and Andrew Manocchio, Blondy Simonelli and 8 others were hit with Federal gambling tax charges. 



Nina:

 

In the spring of ‘66 Rudy Sciarra pleaded guilty to one count of the tax charges. On July 13th, Willie Marfeo was shot to death outside of the Korner Restaurant inside a phone booth. In August, Rudy Marfeo was shot at in his home. Three men were seen fleeing the scene. Joseph Baccari was identified as the getaway driver. That evening Joseph, Louis and Raymond Baccari were arrested. Rudy refused to testify against his brother-in-law, so the authorities couldn’t make a case. But they came after Joe for a parole violation because he was carrying a concealed weapon. They got a conviction but not until the Fall of 1967 when he was sentenced to one year. We will cover what happened to him in season 2.

 

There would be a total of five attempts on Rudy’s life before the end of 1967. Two months later, Frank A. Melei Jr. was shot and killed in Rudy Marfeo’s apartment. There were 8 other teenagers in the apartment at the time. Rudy’s daughter initially lied and said that the boy was shot outside. The shooting was deemed an accident. 

 

Lara:

 

As we mentioned at the beginning, we’re ending this episode in 1966. We’ll be back on the Hill at the end of this season. Rudy Sciarra, Louis Manocchio, Bobby Fairbrothers, Johnny Rossi, Anthony Melei and Rudy Marfeo will play a prominent role. The family feud in Providence spilled over into Boston, but not in the typical way a feud would have. Keep listening to find out.

 

Next week, we’ll be profiling Gennaro “Jerry” Anguilo. The title of that episode is “They’re after me like a fucking animal.” Another one of my favorite quotes from the wiretap at Raymond’s office. We hope you listen in. Keep the fan mail coming! Oh and subscribe, share and like!



Nina and Lara:

 

BYE!!!!