Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, the former reputed boss of the Patriarca crime family, was busted last month for allegedly extorting strip clubs and smut shops in Providence, RI for protection money, and with access to "once sealed intelligence files and surveillance photos" Tim White from WPRI takes a closer look at "this underworld man of mystery":
Law enforcement sources said Manocchio has had a financial interest in several Rhode Island restaurants, though his name is never found in any official documents. He is known to chat up patrons, recommending wine or speaking Italian to anyone who can understand it. But unlike the Hollywood image of the boisterous Mafioso flaunting his wealth with big cars and huge homes – think Tony Soprano or even the real-life "Dapper Don," John Gotti – Manocchio was low-key. * * * Until his arrest last month, Manocchio lived in a small apartment above a cafe in the Federal Hill section of Providence. He allegedly ran the crime family's operations from a Laundromat one building down on Atwells Ave.