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Mobster Wanted for 37 Years in Police Chief’s Death Found Buried & Long Dead

Donald Eugene Webb, mug shot.

Donald Eugene Webb, mug shot.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 37-year search for a fugitive with mob ties wanted in connection with the killing of a Pennsylvania police chief came to a shocking end Friday when authorities announced Donald Eugene Webb’s remains were found buried in his former wife’s backyard in Dartmouth, Mass.

The remains were found Thursday night in the back of a property owned by 82-year-old Lillian Webb, whose former husband, it turns out, died in 1999 while still on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, the Boston Globe reports

The discovery of Donald Webb, a career career with connections to the New England mob, ended the longest cold case involving a slain officer in U.S. history. Webb was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list from 1981 to 2007.

Webb had been charged in the brutal beating and fatal shooting of Saxonburg Police Chief Gregory Adams during a traffic stop in December 1980.

“For almost 37 years, the family of Chief Adams and the citizens of Saxonburg have been awaiting news of Donald Eugene Webb’s whereabouts. The FBI is grateful to have been able to play a role in helping to resolve this case. Although it’s unfortunate Mr. Webb will never be brought to justice to pay for his crimes, we’re hopeful the family can find some closure in knowing that this alleged murderer has been located,” said Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston division, CNN reports

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Suspected Mobster Arrested Over Boston Club Owner’s 1993 Death

Suspected mobster Robert DeLuca.

Suspected mobster Robert DeLuca.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A suspected Rhode Island mobster who is accusing of interfering in a federal probe of a 1993 murder has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly interfering with the investigation.

UPI reports that Robert DeLuca was arrested in South Florida, just three months after authorities found the remains of Boston nightclub owner Steven DiSarro in Providence. He disappeared in 1993.

DeLuca, 70, was charged with obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators about the death of DiSarro.

Prosecutors believe DeLuca was involved in the nightclub owner’s death and lied to FBI agents about what he knew.

“We look forward to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation so we can learn as much as possible about what really happened to Steven and finally get some closure for our family,” widow Pamela DiSarro said in March.

DeLuca is expected to face extradition to Massachusetts as early as Thursday.

FBI Searches Home of Aging Gangster for Evidence of Unsolved Boston Art Heist

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  in 1990.

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching the backyard of an aging mobster in Connecticut for evidence of art that was stolen two decades ago from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

ABC News reports that this is the third time the FBI has searched in and around the ranch house, owned by Robert “Bobby the Cook” Gentile, who is serving 2.5 years in prison for drug and gun charges.

Gentile’s attorney said his client is surprised the FBI is back at the ranch.

“He laughed and he couldn’t believe they were, that they were at his house again, and he said, this is a quote, ‘They ain’t gonna find nuttin,’” attorney Rome McGuigan said.

During the 1990 heist, 13 paintings were stolen.

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Mobster Accuses of FBI of Misconduct in Attempt to Make Him Talk

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Hartford mobster is accusing the FBI of “outrageous government misconduct” as part an effort to make him cooperate, the Hartford Courant reports.

The paper reports that the FBI believes that mobster Robert “Bobby the Cook” Gentile, 79,  has information that could help recover half a billion dollars in art stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The FBI believes he once had two of the stolen paintings, something Gentile denies. He says he knows nothing.

The court papers allege that the FBI has twice used informants to induce him to commit crimes so that authorities would have something over him and make him talk. He is currently behind bars.

The paper writes:

What is not in Gentile’s motion to dismiss is an explanation of why, over the past five years, Gentile has twice taken the bait offered by FBI informants and allegedly committed crimes.

In 2012, he was charged and convicted after he said that a persistent FBI informant persuaded him to illegally sell prescription painkillers. Earlier this year, in the case he is trying to dismiss, Gentile was charged with selling a pistol and ammunition to another informant, an old friend convicted in the killings of three people during a 50-pound marijuana robbery in the 1980s.

McGuigan said Gentile was told that he could avoid prison in both the drug and gun cases if he cooperated with museum investigators. But Gentile has said he has nothing to offer, even after being promised immunity and a chance at collecting the $5 million reward that the museum is offering for return of the art.

 

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