#1 Reposting: Three Mafia families quarreled over Worcester porn racket
By Steven R. Maher
In these days of the Internet, purchasing pornography can be done with the click of a button in the privacy of one’s home. But thirty years ago, those wanting to indulge such weaknesses furtively sought out places like United Books on Main Street in Worcester, where hard core pornography was sold. And in what had the potential to become a shooting war, three Mafia “families” became embroiled in a bitter dispute over control of the lucrative Worcester smut trade in 1980.
Worcester Mafia boss Carlo Mastrototaro and Boston based underboss Gennaro J. Angiulo co-owned United Books, which was managed by Thomas A. Palladino. Angiulo was the second in command of the Patriarca family. Mastrototaro was affiliated with the Genovese family of New York, which was America’s most powerful crime family. In July 1984 an attorney for the New England Organized Crime Strike Force told a federal judge that Mastrototaro was a soldier in the Genovese family.
Mastrototaro, without consulting Angiulo and Palladino, opened a second porno shop in Worcester, the “Green Street News & Smoke Shop”. Mastrototaro hired Kenneth F. Guarino to outfit the new store with peep shoes and magazines. Guarino had ties with New York’s Gambino’s family, America’s second most powerful crime family. Another Gambino connected pornographer, Robert “DeeBee” DiBernardo, supplied the new store with merchandise. (DiBernardo would later be shot to death on John Gotti’s personal order over an unrelated matter.) Continue reading For Whitey! ICT’s mob stories by Steve Maher: #1 Reposting: Three Mafia families quarreled over Worcester porn racket