Cheat Sheet 2 The Patriarca Papers – FBI Files Unveils Mollicone and Prison Break Murders

Monday, August 10, 2015

 

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Each week accompanying the segments of the FBI files on Raymond Patriarca and expert analysis on the documents released, GoLocal provides a “cheat sheet” of some of the key elements from the documents.

Make no mistake about it, the files are layered with information about a time where the scope and reach of the Patriarca crime family permeated nearly every aspect of life in New England - from the Easter jail break to expansion to Maine to his relationship with the Mollicone family.

Key things to look for:

1) Family Tree

If you want to get an early overview of the Patriarca family tree as deciphered by the FBI - take a look at Fed’s description of the Patriarca family.

(SLIDE 9)

2) Easter Jail Break

Maybe one of the most infamous alleged (and forgotten) episode in Patriarca’s life of crime was his involvement with an Easter jail break that led to the death of two correctional department workers.  The crime led to Patriarca beyond indicted in 1944 for "accessory before the fact."

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3) RI Supreme Court Rules for Patriarca

Tied to the Easter jail break indictment, the Supreme Court rules that the charge was filed after the statute of limitations expired.

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4) Patriarca's organization allegedly expands to Maine

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5) White City - the amusement park in Shrewsbury - is referenced. This first mention says Patriarca is consulting to the park.

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6) Patriarca's involvement is growing in Worcester. According to FBI documents, Patriarca is having dinner and holding meeting every couple of weeks in Worcester.

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7) The Mollicone family - specifically the father Joe Mollicone Sr. begins to appear in the FBI files. Mollicone was a Federal Hill banker in the 1950s and friends with Patriarca. His son was convicted as being, in part, responsible for the collapse of the credit union system in Rhode Island.  The senior Mollicone's nickname was "Puppy Dog."

As the New York Times wrote about the son's role in the banking crisis at the time of his conviction:

"Joseph Mollicone Jr., the former bank president whose multimillion-dollar theft set off the collapse of Rhode Island's privately insured banking system, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison. It is the longest sentence ever received by a white-collar criminal in this state.

Mr. Mollicone, 50, who enjoyed a lavish life style before his Heritage Loan and Investment Company failed and he fled the state, was also ordered to pay $420,000 in fines and $12 million in restitution."

 

Related Slideshow: Patriarca Papers - Entry 2

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