Raymond Loreto Salvatore Patriarca Sr.
Nickname: “The Man,” “El Padrone”
Born: March 17, 1908
Died: July 7, 1984, North Providence, Rhode Island
Address: 168 Atwells Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 18 Golini Drive, Johnston, Rhode Island
Association: head of the Patriarca Family
Born on St. Patrick’s Day 1908 to Italian immigrants in Worcester, Massachusetts, Raymond Loreto Salvatore Patriarca Sr., rose from his early days as a car-stealing, truck-hijacking, armed robber to become one of the most powerful mob bosses in the United States History.At the age of three, he moved with his family to Providence, Rhode Island, where his father operated a liquor store.When his dad died in 1925, the troubled teen quickly turned to a life of crime.By the late 1920s, he was hijacking trucks filled with booze and making money off prostitution.His arrest record when he reached the age of thirty included breaking and entering, bootlegging, safe cracking and white slavery.He also orchestrated a jailbreak that led to the death of a prison guard and trustee.Smart and savvy, Patriarca gained a reputation for fairness that would later serve him well when he was asked to mediate disputes among warring Mafia factions.He could also be ruthless, a crime godfather who barked orders at underlings and made snap decisions on the life or death of some errant mob foot soldiers.He’s just the toughest guy you ever saw, one Massachusetts State Police Detective reportedly said in describing the mob boss, according to crime historian Allan May, who has written extensively on the America Mafia.
Growing up during the epitome of Prohibition, Patriarca quickly climbed through the Mafia ranks to success some say through killing his way to the top, as first as an associate and later as a member of the New York faction.An arrest for a heist at a jewelry store in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1938 enhanced his meteoric rise to the top of the food chain in the Mafia.He was sentenced to 3-5 years for armed robbery, carrying a gun without a permit and possession of burglary tools, but less than three months later, he was back on the streets, released on a pardon by then Massachusetts governor Charles F. Hurley.The swiftness with which Patriarca returned to his old haunts earned him new respect from other mobsters.now in awe of what they perceived as his “political connections.’His release, however, also triggered a 3 year investigation that led to the 1941 impeachment of a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Counsel, according to author Jack Beatty’s landmark book on Boston mayor James Michael Curley, “The Rascal King.” Daniel Coakley, a friend of Hurley’s got caught up in the scandal when it was discovered that he wrote letters to the parole board praising Patriarca’s character, signing each with the factious name “Father Fagin,” Beatty writes.
Newly freed from prison, Patriarca returned to providence, where his power and influences dramatically increased, soon made him a commanding force in the New England Family that would later bear his name.By the time the 1950s rolled around, Patriarca was among the most powerful crime figures in New England’s underworld.His fast ascent to the higher echelons of the Mafia was perhaps helped by his then lack of rivals. Most of whom he assassinated.His only Providence rival was rubbed out under Patriarca’s orders in 1952. Irishman Carlton O’Brien was a former bootlegger who had moved into gambling before he was shot numerous of times in the head, face & torso to death by Patriarca’s men.As what was done nation-wide to all other Irish Mobsters, by the Italian/Sicilian Mafia, to rid itself of the Irish Mafia.
See Book: “Paddy Whacked” By T.J. English. That murder put the mob kingpin on the fast tracked to becoming the successor of providence mob boss Phillip Bruccola.Two years later, in 1954, when Bruccola fled to his native Sicily to avoid prosecution on tax evasion charges, Patriarca ascended to the throne as de-facto head of the New England Mafia.With Patriarca in as the de-facto boss of the New England Mafia, Providence became the epicenter of the New England family operations.it was from here that Patriarca would rule for more than thirty years with an iron fist over a extremely lucrative kingdom stretching from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and the Caribbean Islands and Las Vegas, Nevada.Father to the Patriarca crime family that still bears his name, he dominated the region’s rackets with a control that was unmatched by any of his mob peers.His reign was extremely ruthless and brutal, marked by a string on heinous bloody mob hits world wide.
In the late 1950s, he began a close association with a small-time runner for Boston bookies who reportedly was being shaken down regularly by other mobsters. hoping to solve that problem, Gennaro Anguilo approached Patriarca and offered him $50,000, promising the mob chief an additional $100,000 annually from bookmaking proceeds in Boston in exchange for the status of a made man, even though he had never murdered anyone, and kept money flowing into Patriarca’s pockets.Soon after the bullies were told hands off of Angiulo. The arrangement elevated Angiulo’s status.
By February 1961, however, Patriarca was under scrutiny by U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who targeted Patriarca and thirty-nine top racketeers for investigation and prosecution through out the country.That same year, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, named Patriarca as ‘Boston’s Top Hoodlum” an said he was among the members of a International and National Mafia Commission made up of Top Organized Crime leaders through out the country and world who had a controlling influence on the nation’s rackets, a congressional investigation into the mob found.
FBI Wire Taps:
In March of the following year, Hoover had listening devices installed in Patriarca’s Coin-o-matic Distributing Company, a vending machine and pinball business located at 168 Atwells Avenue in the predominantly Italian section of providence known as Federal Hill. According to the Underboss by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neil, Patriarca controlled the mob’s loan-sharking, gambling and pornography interests in New England from his Atwells Avenue office, along with his hidden interest in two Las Vegas casinos and deals in Florida and Philadelphia through the Caribbean.He also collected payments from people involved in truck hijackings and drug trafficking, but he forbade his own men to get involved in the narcotics trade. Penalty for involvement in drugs was death.The bugs planted by Hoover’s FBI men in 1962 would reveal even more about Patriarca’s organization, which had forged ties wit the Genovese and Profaci/Colombo crime families in New York.
Three years of illegal wiretaps:
During the three years the electronic bugs were in place, authorities recorded talks of political payoffs to legislators, judges and even officials in he governor’s office in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, along with discussions of gambling debts and collections.And, of course the mobs favorite, here were mentions of numerous murders.
“In this thing of ours, your love for your mother and father is one thing. Your love for “The Family” is a different kind of love,”
Patriarca is overheard telling an associate in one bugged conversation.In another, an enraged Patriarca and his underboss Angiulo, are heard discussing hit man Joseph “The Animal” Baron Barboza. Vincent “Jimmy The Bear” Flemmi (the brother of Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi) and another mob associate who had ordered the two gunmen to make a hit without Patriarca’s knowledge.
“Patriarca told Angiulo that he explained to Flemmi…that no more killings were to take place unless he, Patriarca. cleared him,” a memo to FBI head J. Edgar Hoover notes.” Jerry [Angiulo] also explained that he also had a talk with Flemmi. He pointed out that Patriarca had a high regard for Flemmi but that he thought that Flemmi did not use sufficient common sense when it came to killing people, pointing out that he should not kill people because he had an argument with them.If an argument does ensue, he should leave and get word to Raymond Patriarca who, in turn, will either ‘OK’ or deny the “hit” on this individual, depending on the circumstances,” the memo, released as part of a congressional probe, stated. In July 1965, the FBI stopped electronic monitoring of Patriarca’s office under orders from United states President Lyndon B. Johnson, who told the public he was opposed to obtaining evidence through electronic eavesdropping, and investigative report complied for Congress shows.
In the end, the information Obtained during three years of illegal wiretaps was all for nothing. because investigators never took out valid court warrant to install those listening devices, the information gathered against Patriarca and his crew could never be used to prosecute him et al., . Instead, authorities were forced to look for other means to put him behind bars.That opportunity came in the form of a burley Portuguese hit man nicknamed “The Animal Baron.”Joseph “The Animal Baron Barboza hated snitches. he never really wanted to rat out his pals. But then FBI special agents: Dennis Condon and H. Paul Rico began courting him, hoping he would become a government witness. It wasn’t long before the two agents convinced Barboza he was on the mob’s hit list, especially after “The Animal’s” friends began turning up dead around Boston.Soon, the hit man, described in FBI memos as “a professional assassin” considered by law enforcement to be “the most dangerous person known,” was now working with the feds.In 1967, Barboza’s testimony put Patriarca and Enrico Tameleo, a longtime underboss, behind bars for ten years on a conspiracy to murder charge in connection with the slaying of Providence bookmaker Willie Marfeo.After only five years in prison, Patriarca was freed in 1974 and resumed control of Providence’s criminal organization.
Less than two years later, on February 11, 1976, Barboza was dead, killed by four shotgun blasts to the chest as he walked to his car in San Francisco, California, were he was placed their on the Federal Witness Protection Program, the first ever Government Witness to be assassinated while on the Federal Witness Protection Program, a long suspect in the killing was Marino’s alleged unindicted coconspirator: Joseph J.R. Russo, according to the government & its indictment.Russo’s half brother Robert “Bobby Russo” Carrozza, is Marino’s codefendant. See U.S. v. Marino, CR-97-40009-NMG. (District of Massachusetts).
Vincent Teresa testifies:
Patriarca’s legal problems were far from over. In 1978, mobster Vincent Teresa testified that Patriarca was present when the CIA handed out a $4 million dollar contract to the mob with the instructions that they were to kill Fidel Castro, which was an approved Executive Assassination. Teresa claimed Patriarca helped pick a Brookline, Massachusetts convict by the name of Maurice Werner to kill Castro, but the assassination plot was later scrapped.In 1983, Patriarca was again facing charges for ordering the murder of Raymond “Baby” Curcio in 1965 after Curcio and Teresa burglarized the home of Patriarca’s brother Joseph. Four months later, in March 1984, the 1968 killing of Robert Candos, a bank robber whom Patriarca believed was going to take the stand against him while secretly working with the FBI .
Patriarca never got the chance to defend himself in court on either case because on July 11, 1984, he was rushed from the home of his night club hostess girlfriend while he was in the middle of an intimate act with her he croaked, and was rushed to a Rhode Island hospital, where the 76 year old died from massive heart attack later that day. Under indictment for two murders at the time of his death, Patriarca’s demise left the New England mob split in actions all trying for the power grab. By the time Patriarca’s son Raymond “Junior” Patriarca Jr., assumed command he was now in control of a multi billion dollar organization.