Luigi Manocchio

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Luigi Manocchio
Born (1927-06-23) June 23, 1927 (age 92)
Other names"Baby Shacks", "Louie", "The Professor", "The Old Man"

Luigi Giovanni "Baby Shacks" Manocchio (born June 23, 1927) is an Italian-American mobster from Providence, Rhode Island. He is the former boss of the New England-based Patriarca crime family, which is part of the American Mafia.[1][2]

Criminal career[edit]

Manocchio has a criminal record dating back to the 1940s. In November of 1967 he was shot in the neck and seriously wounded during a running gun battle on Federal Hill in Providence. In 1969, Manocchio was indicted for participating in the murders of Rudolph Marfeo and Anthony Melei.[3] He fled to France, but later returned to the United States, living undercover in New York City for most of the 1970s.[4] In 1979, Manocchio finally surrendered to law enforcement and pleaded guilty to several lesser charges. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

In July 1996, Mannocchio was indicted with 43 others in a burglary ring. Prosecutors claimed that this Patriarca-sanctioned gang was responsible for stealing $10 million in merchandise. When his trial began in April 1999, Manocchio pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to three years of probation.[3] Since then, Manocchio has continued his steady rise in the ranks of organized crime, becoming boss in 1996.

Manocchio was promoted to boss of the Patriarca family following the imprisonment of many of the organization's other leaders. He has been described as a "shrewd, opportunistic old-school leader who excels at keeping a low profile" and "tough and capable".[3] Mannochio's headquarters is a laundromat in the Federal Hill section of Providence.

In March 1999, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) charged family enforcer Jim Palumbo in New Haven, Connecticut, and associates Rocco Folco and Anthony St. Laurent with loan sharking. In December 2004, Palumbo was named, but not indicted, and later jailed, in a case involving Boston mob captain Frederick Simone as the defendant. The indictment identified Manocchio as Patriarca family boss, Alexander "Sonny Boy" Rizzo as underboss, Rocco Argenta as consigliere and Carmen DiNunzio, Mark Rosetti and Matthew Guglielmetti as capos.

On January 20, 2005, the FBI raided the Providence office of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) and the offices of Capital City Concrete in Cranston, Rhode Island, all part of an investigation into labor racketeering in the Rhode Island construction business. Among those arrested in the Capital City raid was Guglielmetti, who was charged with overseeing distribution of cocaine bound for Canada, and money laundering.[5]

In November, 2009, Manocchio reportedly ceded control of the Patriarca family to mobster Peter Limone.[6]

On January 20, 2011, Manocchio was indicted on charges of extorting payments from the owners of the Cadillac Lounge and Satin Doll club, both adult entertainment establishments in Providence. The indictment listed his nicknames as "Louie", "The Professor", "The Old Man", or "Baby Shacks".[7] Manocchio pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five and a half years in prison. Manocchio told the court: "By virtue of my position, I inherited the deeds of my associates" and "I simply do not want my family or my friends to believe I personally threatened anybody."[8]

On May 12, 2015, Manocchio was moved from federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, to a halfway house in Providence. On November 4, 2015, Manocchio was released.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Boston Globe, Alleged underboss of New England Mafia is arrested By Shelley Murphy and Raja Mishra, December 2, 2006
  2. ^ "FBI arrests 127 in its biggest ever Mafia crackdown". 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  3. ^ a b c "All About the Providence Mob by Allan May
  4. ^ United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, United States v. Francis P. Salemme, et al. Cr. No. 94-10287-MLW
  5. ^ Providence Journal, April 24, 2006
  6. ^ "2009 Mafia Happenings - A Recap" Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine Mafia News Today website January 1, 2010
  7. ^ indictment pdf at
  8. ^ Milton J. Valencia; Martin Finucane (11 May 2012). "Former New England mob boss Luigi Manocchio sentenced to 5½ years in prison for strip club extortion". Boston Globe. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Report: R.I.'s last mob boss Manocchio, 87, moved to halfway house". May 12, 2015.

External links[edit]

American Mafia
Preceded by
Frank Salemme
Patriarca crime family Boss
Succeeded by
Peter Limone