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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jailed New England captain denied parole

Mafia capo Frank “Bobo” Marrapese Jr. will not be appearing in “Crimetown Live” any time soon.
The Rhode Island Parole Board unanimously voted Wednesday to deny parole to the notorious mobster, now 74 years old and serving time at the Adult Correctional Institutions for murder, racketeering and extortion.
Marrapese will have another opportunity at parole in 18 months, said Parole Board administrator Matthew Degnan.
Marrapese was a powerful enforcer for New England crime boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca in the 1960s and ’70s. He operated the Acorn Social Club in the heart of Federal Hill, where he shot mob associate Richard “Dickie” Callei to death on March 15, 1975 and had the corpse buried near a golf course in Rehoboth, Mass.
It took nearly a decade to catch Marrapese on that murder, although he continued to commit other crimes, such as a hijacking case involving La-Z-Boy recliners in the early 1980s.
Marrapese was convicted of Callei’s murder in 1987 and served 25 years. He was released on parole in 2008, but it didn’t take long for him to get in trouble again.
Within two years, state police say, he and other mob figures were running a large-scale sports gambling ring that was raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Marrapese was among two dozen people arrested in that ring in May 2011 and was sentenced in 2013 to nine years for racketeering and extortion.
While Marrapese has spent most of his adult life in prison on various crimes, not all of the charges have stuck. He was acquitted in the murder of Anthony “The Moron” Mirabella at Fidas Restaurant in May 1982, as well as the August 1982 murder of 20-year-old Ronald McElroy, who was beaten to death with a baseball bat after accidentally cutting off Marrapese and other mobsters who were street racing in Providence.
Marrapese maintained his innocence in McElroy’s murder during a prison interview with “Crimetown” podcast producers Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. He blamed the murder on the informant, a former friend and mob associate.
What broke his heart, Marrapese said, was the betrayal.
“Whenever I got in trouble, I was the only one who went to jail. But I don’t take nobody with me,” Marrapese told “Crimetown,” while inside maximum security. “I had people inform on me who murdered people, and the state police know they did it, and the FBI know they did it, but what they thought was that, if they put enough charges on me, I’d roll over too. But the buck stops here, like Harry Truman said. The buck stops here.”



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