Auction 102

Lot 578:

MAFIA FBI WANTED FINGERPRINT CARDS (2)

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Lot of two wanted by FBI cards with fingerprints and a facsimile signature of J. Edgar Hoover issued for Stephen Joseph Flemmie and Dennis Raymond Paterra. Both Federal warrants are issued on September 12, 1969. 1) Stephen Joseph ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi (b. 1934) is an Italian-American gangster who developed close ties to both the Irish and Italian mobs, befriending Mafia boss Francis ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme and earning a reputation as a cold-blooded operative. He later joined up with Somerville’s Winter Hill gang, where he forged a close partnership with Whitey Bulger. Beginning in the 1960s, Flemmi was a top-echelon informant for the FBI. Flemmi’s own criminal activities proved a public relations nightmare for the FBI. For this reason, he was prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and sentenced to a long term of incarceration. 2) Dennis Raymond Paterra was wanted by the FBI in connection with a murder in which a victim was shot. Considered ‘very dangerous’. File holes at the top.

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