Anthony “Tony” Volpe once a mob soldier in Genovese Capo Frankie “Skyball” Scibelli’s crew- who oversaw loan sharking and illegal gambling in Hartford for a western Massachusetts faction of the Genovese Crime Family has died. Writes Mahoney, Hartford Courant
Anthony “Tony” Volpe, the last man to control greater Hartford’s once-booming, now-moribund gambling and extortion rackets, died Tuesday, prompting a flood of talk about another passed milestone in the city’s evolution.
“It’s the end of an era, absolutely,” said retired FBI agent Donald Brutnell.
Brutnell spent the 1980s and ’90s building indictments against Volpe, who was 78, and the dozens of other mobsters, hustlers and gamblers who seemed to live in the after-hours joints and hidden gambling parlors in the city’s South End.