Last Rites: The Final Days of the Boston Mob Wars

Last Rites: The Final Days of the Boston Mob Wars

by William J. Craig


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Last Rites chronicles one man's dramatic descent into the seedy world of New England mobster Raymond Patriarca and his underboss, Gennaro Jerry" Angiulo. In the early 1980s, Gigi Portalla, a well-liked student, athlete and Revere prom king, transformed into a mafia hit man after discovering that his biological father was "Big Eddy" Marino. Portalla rose through the ranks within the Angiulo organization, joining famous Boston wise guys like Sean Cote, Joseph "J.R." Russo and Bobby Carrozza. Drawing on wiretaps, court testimonies and interviews through personal relationships with the criminals in question, Revere writer William J. Craig uncovers the depths of criminality. Portalla clung to a self-imposed moral code, striving to find honor within thievery, even as the lure of his family's past eclipsed his promising future."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596298347
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/20/2009
Series: True Crime Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 495,673
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

William J. Craig has served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in history and currently resides with his wife and children in Revere, Massachusetts where he works as an author and speaker.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 The Botched Hit 15

Chapter 2 Growing Up in Revere 19

Chapter 3 The Boston Underworld 27

Chapter 4 The Early Years 39

Chapter 5 Irish Gang War 57

Chapter 6 Mob War 71

Chapter 7 The Trial 93

Chapter 8 What's Left 99

Bibliography 111

About the Author 112

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