What's Left Of The New England Mob?

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Last week's FBI round-up of more than 100 suspected mobsters was a reminder that the Mafia remains a force to be reckoned with, even if its criminal reach has been greatly diminished over the past several decades.

Luigi Manocchio's mug shot (via AP)
Luigi Manocchio's mug shot (via AP)

New York still has five major organized crime families who continue to engage in loan-sharking, extortion and drug trafficking. But here in Boston — and elsewhere in New England — the Mafia is a shadow of what it once was.

Among those arrested last week was 83-year-old Luigi Manocchio, the former long-time boss of the Patriarca crime family. Mannochio was indicted for allegedly shaking down strip-clubs in Providence — and his arrest represents another major blow to the dwindling presence and power of the mob in New England.

So what's left of the New England mob? We speak with two reporters who have spent years covering the story.


This segment aired on January 24, 2011.


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