On this day in 1957 the founder of the New England Crime Family, Gaspare Messina died of natural causes at the age of 77. He founded what is now known as the Patriarca Crime Family, back in 1916, but the family under Messina was as no where near as powerful as the Partriarca’s are today. He retired as mob boss in 1924 at the age of 45 and spent his final years in Somerville.
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