The Rest of the Story
In March 1970, Patriarca and several of his associates went on trial for murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the chief witness being hitman John “Red” Kelley, who afterwards went into the federal witness protection program. Kelley gave testimony linking Patriarca and other family members to the murder of Rudolph “Rudy” Marfeo and Anthony Melei. Kelley had been contracted by Patriarca to kill Marfeo. Patriarca and his associates were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder; associate Maurice “Pro” Lerner also was convicted of murder. The mob boss was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was paroled in 1975. Lerner and the other defendants were subsequently exonerated when it was established that Kelley had perjured himself at the trial, as had FBI agent H. Paul Rico, who had corroborated Kelley’s testimony.
In addition to Patriarca and Lerner, those other defendants indicted in this case include mobsters Robert Fairbrother, John Rossi, Rudolpho Sciarra and Robert Almonte.
But when it’s all said and done, the general belief is that Maurice “Pro” Lerner and Rudy Sciarra were the triggermen in the deaths of Marfeo and Melei.
Final Resting Place:
St Ann Cemetery
73 Church Street
Cranston, Rhode Island, 02920
Grave Location:Section 2, Lot 105, Grave 2
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery through the main entrance, drive straight ahead and turn right after the first section. Drive to the intersection of Sections 1, 2, 6 and 9 and park. From the corner of Section 2 walk 7 rows up and 5 plots to the left to the final resting place of mobster Rudy Marfeo. Note his brother mobster Willie Marfeo is directly across the road in Section 9 in the same row 5 spaces in.
Grave Location GPS41.792990123793906, -71.46299465379292
Visiting The Grave:
Read More About Rudy Marfeo:
- Wikipedia Entry
- The Providence Mob
- The American Mafia - Providence, Rhode Island
- Divine Providence: A story about how organized crime corrupted an entire city
- Gaslit - The Gangland Slayings of Rudy Marfeo & Anthony Melei
- Ruthless mobster Rudy Sciarra dead at 88
- The big-league prospect who became a mob hit man