WBSM TV: Tim White on the Providence Mafia
Tim White, reporter for WPRI-TV and author of "The Last Good Heist: The Inside Story of the Biggest Single Payday in the Criminal History of the Northeast," joins Chris McCarthy to discuss the recent passing of Ralph "Skippy" Burns, a member of the Ouimette crew that stole an estimated $32 million from the Providence mafia in 1975.
White told how in 1975, eight robbers--two of whom were armed--entered a fur storage building in downtown Providence and broke into 146 of 148 safe deposit boxes. The boxes contained cash, silver bars and other valuables stashed away by mobsters with the Patriarca crime family for safe keeping.
White and his co-authors estimate that the $32 million stolen in 1975, adjusted for inflation, would be about $120 million in today's money.