C-SPAN Cities Tour – Providence: Raymond Patriarca & the Providence Mob
Patriarca Family founded by: Raymond L.S. Patriarca Sr.
- Allies: Five Families, Chicago Outfit, DeCavalcante,
Philadelphia crime families.
The Boston crime family was founded in 1916 by Gaspare Messina.In 1917, Frank Morelli formed the Providence crime family. In 1954, Raymond Patriarca Sr. ascended to the throne as de-facto head of the New England Mafia, the biggest being moving the family’s base of operations to Providence, Rhode Island.Started as two separate Mafia families emerged into the Patriarca Family.
Historical Leadership: Capo Di Tutti Capi, “Boss of All Bosses”
1916–1924: Gaspare Messina boss of the “Boston family”, stepped down, died in 1957.
1917–1932: Frank “Butsey” Morelli boss of the “Providence family”,stepped down, became underboss.
1924–1954: Filippo “Phil” Buccola boss of the “Boston family”, united both families in 1932, retired, died in 1987
1984–1991: Raymond “Junior” Patriarca Jr. Providence leader, took over after his father’s death, stepped down in 1991
1991–1991: Nicholas “Nicky” Bianco Providence leader, imprisoned on December 28, 1991 and died on December 14, 1994.
1991–1996: Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme – Boston leader, jailed in 1995, Salemme was illegally placed in power, with the assistance of the Boston and Washington Headquarters of the FBI , since he was the superior’s of James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi and partners with them in numerous criminal racketeering enterprises as the public records supports.
1995–1996: John “Jackie” Salemme – Boston leader; Frank Salemme’s brother; jailed.