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Photos: Somerville mobster's 'crime kit'

Posted by Jarret Bencks  November 26, 2012 08:58 AM

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Somerville's Ralph DeLeo, described as a "street boss" for the Colombo crime family, was sentenced last week to over 19 years in prison on racketeering and weapons charges

As part of their investigation into DeLeo, FBI agents searched his Russell Street apartment and a storage unit he owned in Watertown, where there was a trove of guns, disguises, a dozen patches representing Boston area police departments, and other police paraphernalia which prosecutors called a "crime kit." 

The photos below were submitted as evidence by federal prosecutors in the case against DeLeo.

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The FBI found other items in the search of DeLeo's apartment not pictured here, according to an affidavit, including $50,000 in cash, a substance commonly used to cut cocaine, two strangulation tools, and a book titled "On Killing," which examines the psychological impact of killing another person.

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DeLeo made regular trips to New York and Miami as part of his involvement with the Colombo family, according to prosecutors. In wire tapped conversations between DeLeo and his sister in 2009, he often said some of their traditions made him uncomfortable. "They gave me a lot of attention, they gave me too much attention," DeLeo said. "You know, too many hugs, too many kisses. You know, holding the car door for me, holding doors for me, you know all that type of stuff. And I'm not into that type of stuff... at heart, I'm a regular guy, you know."

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DeLeo, 69, has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1968. He was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 1976, then escaped from the hospital at the state prison in Walpole in 1977. He was arrested a year later in an attempted bank robbery in Ohio. While jailed, he pleaded guilty to killing a Columbus, Ohio doctor and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He was released in 1997.

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