Renowned gangster Frank ‘Bobo’ Marrapese dead at 74

PROVIDENCE, R. I. – A prominent Rhode Island gangster died in prison while serving a sentence for manslaughter, racketeering and extortion. Frank “Bobo” Marrapese, Jr. was 74.

Rhode Island State Police Lt.-Col. Joseph Philbin confirmed Marrapese died on Friday at Rhode Island Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections said Marrapese had recently been admitted to hospital, but could not immediately determine the cause of death.

The federal authorities said Marrapese served as an enforcer for the New England mafia boss Raymond Patriarca in the 1960s and 1970s.

Marrapese was time for the 1975 murder of Richard “Dickie” Callei. He had eluded capture for almost a decade, but was convicted in 1987 and sentenced to life in prison.

He was interviewed for the popular “Crimetown” podcast launched by the creators of HBO’s “The Jinx.”

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