Articles by Rob Bailot Jr.

The New England Mafia: Part 1 – The Bosses

The Italian Mafia had two separate Crime Families in Boston in the early 1900’s. One based in Boston, Massachusetts and the other based in Providence, Rhode Island. The Boston Faction was formed in 1916 by Gaspare Messina and the Providence Faction was formed in 1917 by Frank Morelli. The two families ended up merging together forming the New England Mafia also known as the Patriarca Crime Family. They had a seat on the Mafia’s National…


Introduction to Boston’s Irish Mafia – Part 1

The Irish Mafia is said to be the oldest organized crime group in the United States, dating back to the early 19th century. Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago were some of the major cities they operated in. In the mid-to-late 1900’s the Irish Mob had a strong presence in Boston. The Italian Mafia controlled Boston’s North End, while the Irish operated in surrounding cities such as South Boston, Charlestown, Dorchester, Roxbury and Somerville. Irish-American…