Nicknames: “Junior,” “Rubber Lips”
Born: February 24, 1945
Address: Lincoln, Rhode Island
Affiliations: Patriarca Family, Genovese/Gambino Families of New York
It was a super secret ceremony for centuries, until Angelo “Sonny” Mercurio decided to give up the location of the secret Mafia induction ceremony held on the outskirts of Boston, in Medford, Massachusetts. This bomb shell and the results of the Boston’s FBI hidden microphones TAPES are now used WORLD-WIDE even in Italy and Sicily, to convict the alleged members world-wide.
The ceremony tape stated as follows: “I enter alive into this organization and leave it dead,” the men intoned after blood was drawn from each one of the inductee subjects finger and a holy card with an image of a saint was burned.
A throng of New England mobsters watched as the four men were made into the Family.They swore to “enter into this organization to protect my family and to protect all my friends I swear not to divulge his secret and obey with love and omerta.”Unfortunately for “omerta” (silence), federal agents were listening in, tipped off that an induction ceremony would be held at the Medford home of Marino’s aunt’s partner in the Restaurant business called “Bernado’s” located on Fleet Street in the North End, just off of Hanover Street. This Restaurant prior to was a Funeral Home, some say the ghosts still haunt it.The Massachusetts home of Angelo, was on Guild Street, Medford, which held the First time ever recorded Mafia induction Ceremony on October 29, 1989.The five-hour tape of the ceremony proved that, despite protestations to the contrary by groups like the Italian-American Civil Rights League, the Mafia was an actual organization, with rule that verged on religious doctrine.
Blame for this major slip in protocol was laid primarily at the doorstep of a man who had succeeded his father as Mafia crime boss, a scion who was considered just a dim cutout of his more ruthless father. Raymond “Junior” Patriarca, was the son of Raymond L.S. Patriarca Sr., who had led the Italian faction of the mob from Rhode Island until his death in 1984.After a power struggle among his son, Gennaro Angiulo of the North End, Boston enforcer Ilario Zannino and others, Junior emerged as the boss.New York crime families had a hand in settling the matter. Many mob watchers considered the 39 year old an odd choice.
A better choice, Boston Globe scribed Kevin Cullen wrote in 1990, would have been tough guy Nicholas “Nicky” Bianco, a close ally & friend of Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and a former New Yorker.While others say Joseph J.R. Russo was as tough as they get and should have been handed over the Kingdom. Even though he was not considered for it. He alleged took it by force according to public accounts in 1989. Remember Russo, the same Russo that was charged with killing the very first guy ever killed on the Federal Witness Protection Program in 1976 in California, that person was Joseph Baron “The Animal” Barboza whom admitted to killing more than 29 people some with his bear hands, and another 5 more while on the Witness Protection Program, before his death in 1976 in San Francisco, California. Russo’s Alfred Plea does not admit that he killed anyone only that the government may have enough to convict him of it if it went to trial. See Supreme Court case Alfred v. United States or United States v. Alfred.
While Junior’s father grew up poor and never finished high school, Junior grew up in an affluent Providence, Rhode Island suburb and attended (but did not graduate from) college.One unnamed source told Christopher Callahan of the Associated Press in July 1985, “This kid still’s got milk on his face.”Although most under estimate Junior, the close ones who really known him know that the fox that bit him died of rabies.He was also visible in the community, a Mafioso no-no, Callahan reported.This included lending office space to the Italian-America Civil Rights League, headed by the soon-to-be whacked Joseph Colombo, and investing in a Rhode Island eatery that featured giant photos of the 1930s gangsters.He also regularly called to Rhode Island radio talk shows in which he expressed his views on specific subjects. Junior was actually a very intelligent human being.
Four years later, Junior made the ultimate gaffe by authorizing an induction ceremony that was, unbeknownst to him at the time, recorded by the Corrupt Boston FBI as was later known. The Boston FBI Steffens and New England Organized Crime Strike Force Chief AUSA: Diane Kottmyer intentionally lied on the Applications for a warrant to actually bug the place at Guild Street in Medford, Massachusetts a federal judge later ruled.Included among those present at the Medford ceremony, according to reports in march 190 when the tapping was made public, were Joseph J.R. Russo, Vincent “The Animal” Ferrara, Robert F. “Bobby Russo” Carrozza, Mathew Gugliemetti, Charles Quintina and Angelo “Sonny” Mercurio.
Indicted RICO charges:
In March 1990, Junior Patriarca was indicted on a host of racketeering RICO and RICO Conspiracy charges along with Russo, Ferrara, Carrozza & others.In December 1991, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve Eight years in Federal Prison.While he served his sentence, boss duties were assumed by Frank “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, a well seasoned harden serial killer since the 1960s Irish Gang Wars whom he was partners with Joseph Baron “The Animal” Barboza, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, James “Whitey” Bulger, John V. Martorano in killing numerous Irish gangsters. He was made for the position of Boss more so than Junior. Although Joseph J.R. Russo possessed the throne before he was indicted in 1990, as Patriarca was just a figure head at the time and the Power shifted to Boston for the first time in 30 years. Although the muscle was always there.Bianco, a member of the Columbo crime family, was indicted in 1990 on a slew of charges, including conspiracy to murder, wire fraud and interstate travel in aid of racketeering.He was stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease and died in federal prison in 1994.
In 1998, Junior was released from prison a multi-Millionaire, and reportedly has retired from mob activity and is living a luxurious life style, which to some people says he deserves it. An intelligent man by retiring from the life of treachery.Junior learned early that the FBI is the real Mafia, as they control the Top Players within some Mafia Families through out the country and controls who dies, who goes to jail and who get a free pass.See The United States Department of Justice‘s and FBI’s TOP ECHELON Informant Program, two criteria’s must be met. (1) the person must be an accomplished serial killer and (2) a high ranking member of an organization.(3) Leek highly sensitive information to the FBI concerning their criminal organization’s activities.