Once upon a time, the New England Mafia brought to mind names like Raymond Patriarca and lucrative crimes like loan sharking, gambling and racketeering. It also evoked a code of honor and silence that kept the mob alive for generations.
But now, the New England mob is a shadow of what it once was. Patriarca died in 1984. Since then, members of the mob have been indicted on criminal charges one by one.
The latest is Anthony DiNunzio, the alleged don of the New England Mafia. He was arrested last Wednesday on charges of racketeering and extorting strip clubs in Providence, and authorities are hailing this feat as another nail in the coffin for organized crime.
This has us wondering, what is left of New England's infamous La Cosa Nostra?
- Arlene Violet, attorney and former Attorney General of Rhode Island, co-author of"The Mob and Me"
This segment aired on May 8, 2012.