They called him Enrico Ponzo, or Rico Ponzo. He was also known as Jeffrey John Shaw, or Jay Shaw. Sometimes, they called him Joey.
He was Shaw in Idaho, trying out life as a cattle rancher who reportedly wore bib overalls and straws hats, and kept a dozen cows.
But years earlier in Boston, according to authorities, he was Ponzo, an alleged wannabe gangster, an associate of the New England Mafia who attempted to kill rivals including former Mafia leader Francis P. “Cadillac Frank” Salemme.
The true story of Ponzo, now 45, who spent 17 years on the lam, much of that time hiding out as a rancher in Marsing, Idaho, is set to play out in a trial beginning Monday in US District Court in Boston. He is charged in a sweeping racketeering indictment that alleges he distributed drugs, laundered money, and attempted to kill rivals. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.