Friday, August 14, 2009

Boston capo Jerry Angiulo reported near death

Former longtime Boston Mafia godfather Gennaro “Jerry” Angiulo was near death yesterday from kidney failure, sources told the Herald.
The 90-year-old ex-mobster from Nahant has been on weekly dialysis treatments, sources said, and was hospitalized in Lynn where he was surrounded by family.

A call to Union Hospital in Lynn last night to check on Angiulo’s condition was referred to the intensive-care unit.
There, a medical official said the hospital was not allowed to discuss patients’ cases.
Angiulo was convicted of racketeering, loansharking and illegal gambling in 1986 and sentenced to 45 years in federal prison after his headquarters at 98 Prince St. in the North End was infamously bugged by the FBI with help from the agency’s star informants, James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi - the criminal kingpin’s underworld rivals in South Boston.
Angiulo, underboss of New England La Cosa Nostra from the late 1960s until he was busted, was not expected to be released from federal prison until next May, but was paroled in 2007 for good behavior.