A shocking turning point in the case -- and a key reason for the crime family's disintegration -- was when an unidentified high-ranking member of the mob agreed to cooperate with investigators. Court documents show the informant went so far as to wear a recording device while discussing the mob's operations with his fellow underworld colleagues. It was a coup by investigators, one that [investigators] described as "significant" to the case.The feds refuse to identify the informant but many mob watchers suspect he is capo Robert DeLuca who pulled a vanishing act once his paisanos were indicted.
Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell, a veteran mob buster who assigned state troopers to work alongside FBI agents on the case, says the breach of omerata or code of silence "decimates a family":
"Someone who lives that world, they're trusted, they take that oath of omertà and they have to say, 'We're going to be silent; we're not going to repeat it,'" O'Donnell said. "For them, or anybody that is part of the Mafia that takes that oath, to cooperate with us – it decimates a family. As soon as you break the code of silence you are breaking the organization," Sallet said. "We have in fact shattered omertà during the course of this investigation."