Raymond Salvatore Loreda Patriarca
The 1984 death of Raymond Salvatore Loreda Patriarca – who had ruled the well-oiled New England Crime Family from Providence for the last 30 years – sent Mafia operations in Boston into a bloody and prolonged free fall.
by Allan May
Boston's Italian underworld has never approached the organizational level of its counterparts in other cities in the United States. When it did have its heyday it was actually ruled from Providence, R.I., and became known as the New England Crime Family. By the time the leadership switched back to Boston, the underworld members there not only rejected their new mob boss, but also showed their ineptness while trying to oust him.
Raymond Salvatore Loreda Patriarca, one of the most respected Mafia bosses in the United States, ran the New England Crime Family from 1954 to 1984, operating out of the Federal Hill section of Providence. His death in July 1984 would cause turmoil to a family that had once run like a well-oiled machine and would bring it to its knees.