It's been a tough year for the New England Mafia.
The year began with the indictment of Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, the reputed former boss of the Patriarca crime family, for allegedly shaking down jiggle joints in Providence, RI, and federal prosecutors continued to pile on the charges and add defendants in March and September. And to add insult to injury the government is portraying Baby Shacks not as a respected man of honor but a threat to the community who must remain in jail pending trial which apparently has resulted in an existential crisis for some of the suspected gangster's fans.
And then last month capo Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent Sr. was sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to soliciting a hitman to whack reputed rival capo Robert "Bobby" DeLuca, and further suffered the indignity of admitting in open court to the existence of La Cosa Nostra.
Finally, to top it all off, there is speculation that the hard-to-find DeLuca may have grown tired of the Mafia life and now is playing for Team America.
But a tough year ain't gonna knock out the wise guys in New England according to law enforcement officials and other mob watchers as reported by Tim White for WPRI:
Deputy Attorney General Gerald Coyne said the on-going investigations into Rhode Island La Cosa Nostra have put high-ranking members behind bars, but pointed out there is still an element on the street. "Law enforcement has been successful and forceful at investigating people who have been longtime top echelon members, but I would never say it’s extinct," Coyne said.