Follow-up: Springfield Mafia now called 'the geriatric crew'

Racketeers go through ups and downs; the
downs seem to be taking over, in Greater
Springfield, anyways.
"Over the years, Mafia regimes in Western Massachusetts have risen and fallen with sweeping prosecutions, old age and murder," writes in a follow up to a previous installment on the Massachusetts Mafia's rise and fall

"Organized crime in Greater Springfield has been as cyclical as every other industry – banking, real estate and politics.

"But, with the recent exodus of every made member of the Springfield faction of the Genovese crime family – either through violence, prosecution under powerful federal racketeering laws or entrance into the U.S. Witness Protection Program – the landscape of the region’s mob leadership is truly barren. Law enforcement officials say it is a first.

“For the first time in my memory, all we have left is a handful of bookies. Along with a bunch of older guys we call the geriatric crew,” says State Police Lt. Thomas J. Murphy, an organized crime investigator since the 1990s, of the cast of mob characters remaining in Greater Springfield.

“You took all your made guys and took them out in one shot. No one’s taking the lead or they’re being very covert about it,” Murphy said. “There’s nobody overly anxious to come to the forefront and pick up the ball and run.”

"This year’s trial in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that targeted conspirators in the 2003 Springfield murder plots of slain Genovese capo Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno and lower level henchmen yielded the region’s first life sentences for up-and-coming mob heavies Fotios “Freddy” Geas and his younger brother Ty Geas, formerly of West Springfield."

Read the full article and don't forget earlier installments, as well as the colorful comments: Springfield Mafia landscape barren after murder and criminal prosecutions


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