The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on April 26, 1967 · 13
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The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts · 13

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Wednesday, April 26, 1967
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13 Underworld Rivals Separated in 2 Jails By RICHARD J. CONNOLLY Staff Betarttr Two rival figures in Greater Boston's tumultuous underworld have been transferred from State Prison at Walpole transfer was requested by the prosecutor. The transfer of Lamattina was described by Gavin's spokesman as "routine." Barnstable Sheriff Donald P. Tulloch said he agreed to accept Baron after receiving a request from Byrne. Baron had been at State Prison since January when he was convicted on gun carrying charges. Dist. Atty. Byrne labeled him as "part of the real killers of this conmmon-wealth." last Feb. 8 in a case involving the murders of two of Baron's pals. ' ' SupL John T. Howland, chief of the intelligence unit of the Boston Police Department, testified before the Senate Rackets Committee in 1963 that Lamattina was a member of the Cosa Nostra. Since then he has been described in court as a member involved in a war with another faction. Lamattina pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to charges of being an accessory after the fact of murder in the gangland slay-ings of Arthur C. (Tash) (Bratsos, 35, and Thomas J. DePrisco Jr., 27, on Nov. 15. They were killed in a North End night club managed by Lamattina while collecting money for $200,000 bail need ed by Baron, who was await-in gtriaL Bratsos had $59,000 before he was shot, police said, but it was missing when his body was found with that of DePrisco in a car in South Boston. The prosecution claimed that Lamattina knew who killed Baron's pals but refused to name them, choosing instead to place himself at the mercy of the court. iFiunRmLnjffi of a criminal "power group" The Boston Globe Wednesday, April 26, 1967 il)?TOMoKsil to separatemiUtutions. The transfer of Joseph Baron, 34, alias Joseph Barboza, described by a prosecutor as "part of the real killers" in Massachusetts, followed by six days that of Ralph La-attina, 44, alias Ralph Chong, a reputed Cosa Nostra member. The moves were not made public until Tuesday. Baron was transferred under heavy guard Monday to the Banrs-table House of Correction. Lamattina was moved a week ego Tuesday to the Norfolk Prison Colony. No detailed explanation was made by officials. There were reports, however, that the convicts were moved out of Walpole amid fears that the gangland killings would cause trouble at the prison. Suffolk Dist. Atty. Garrett H. Byrne said the extrac binary transfer of Baron, which required the cooperation of Gov. Volpe, was made for "his , own safety and the safety of others." A spokesman for Gov. Volpe, who signed the necessary transfer papers Monday morning enabling the swift movement of Baron under heavy guard, referred all queries to state Correction Comr. John Gavin.- Gavin, through a spokesman, referred questions to Byrne, explaining Baron's He was sentenced to a four-to five-year term and, in view of his background as a cook, he has been working in the kitchen of State Prison. Baron faces trial on charges of being an habitual criminal. The charges range from possession of a gun to assault with intent to murder and could result in . sentences of up to 70 years. His importance in the underworld, or his high risk when out of prison, was indicated earlier this month when he was taken from Walpole to the Pemberton sq. courthouse. A seven-car police escort, with sirens screaming, was used in the trip and a total of 30 policemen were on guard in and out of the courthouse. He was also guarded heavily last month when he was transported from Walpole to the Federal Building to appear before a grand jury reportedly investigating Cosa Nostra operations in Greater Boston. Lamattina was sentenced to State Prison for 10 to 14 years Wouldn't you really rather drive a bargain? Buick Bargain Days are here! 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