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Ronnie “The Pig” Casesso.
 
 When  I  first met  Ronnie  Casesso  he was in Walpole  prison courtesy of  the snitch Joe “The Animal” Barboza….. Casesso was a made guy in  the Patriarca Crime Family who had gotten the death penalty for being one of  the  shooters in the murder of a minor hood named Teddy  Deegan..  “The Pig” caught a big break when his  sentence was reduced to life in prison because the death penalty was repealed.
 
Casess had the run of  Walpole in those days…Here’s how strong Casesso was.  My friend Ronnie Rome was related  to Casesso through marriage. He was also in the vending business with mob boss, Jerry Angiulo.. Rome  gets a call  from Casesso. who  tells  him to bring a pin ball machine to Walpole for the warden as a gift. .I decided to take a ride with Ronnie Rome….When we get  there I expect to  be frisked by the guards, but its not that way. Then I see Casesso really has the run of  the place…He’s in  for  murder, and not only is he not  behind bars,  he’s not even inside the prison.. He’s lying on the grass working on his tan outside of the front gate. “The Pig” is acting more like the warden’s brother-in-law, than a prisoner.
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We greet and I see  how informed Ronnie “The Pig” Casesso is. He is really happy to see Ronnie Rome   Rome tells him I was with Nicky Giso.( Nicky was a Patriarca made guy),.but Casesso had already heard.. He got  better news reports than the Boston Globe .  He offered us a drink…For a guy  in prison , he was a gracious host .
 
We asked him how some of  the  guys from our neighborhood were  doing.  Casesso said,” you just missed “The Bear”, (Jimmy Flemmi,  the brother of Stevie Flemmi)’ he was  just  here  getting a tan,.”we are going  to  eat good  tonight,’Chinese  food,  ‘in a swell joint down the street”..I couldn’t  believe it.
“The Pig” was living  better than most guys on  the outside.  He  laid woman in a motel down the road, and he even stayed overnight. He  dropped in on the warden anytime he wanted anything. He was more free than the guards.
 
Everybody  was afraid  of “The Pig”. They all knew he was Raymond Patriarca’s buttonman and he had killed plenty of  times  When we were leaving he told us to watch out for “those people”,  meaning The Patriarca  Crime Family, ” they  will  use  you”..  I laughed, and told  Casseso  to get my cell  ready.  Ronnie “The Pig” Casesso died in prison, but he lived like he was as free as a bird.
Anthony “The Animal” Fiato…..
 

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