A friend . . . gave him the names of two inmates who would take care of him: Rex Cunningham and Blind Eddie. Cunningham, a tough-guy from Springfield, Mass., is a longtime associate of the New York-based Genovese crime family who has specialized in loansharking, racketeering and collecting debts from deadbeat gamblers. Blind Eddie is a Boston mobster. The first day, Cicilline wandered over to the prison track to look for his new contacts. One of the guys walking the track was Bobby Joost, a mob associate and career criminal from Providence, serving a 26-year sentence for plotting an armored car robbery. "Hey, John," yelled Joost. He hustled over and gave him a big hug. "He took care of everything," Cicilline said. "Bobby looked out for me." The prison was loaded with wise guys from Boston, New York and New Jersey. Most of them knew Cicilline's father, John F. "Jack" Cicilline, the longtime lawyer for the Patriarca crime family, otherwise known as the New England Mob. Cicilline's new friends were Theodore "Teddy" Persico, brother of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, the one-time boss of the Colombo crime family in New York. He said that Persico, 72, was like a "grandfather" to him during his 18-month prison stay. He also grew close to Giovanni "John" Riggi, the 85-year-old boss of the DeCavalcante crime family in New Jersey.