One of the quietest and least publicized organized crime networks was headed by a shadowy mafioso named Francesco (Frank I) Iaconi who ruled over the City of Worcester, Massachusetts beginning in the early 1920s.
With a population of 185,000 residents, Worcester is the second most populated city in all of New England after Boston. With the greater metropolitan area considered, its total population exceeds 900,000 residents.
Located smack dab in the middle of the state, Worcester was, and is, one of the most vibrant sections of Massachusetts.
Technically, Frank Iaconi was a “Capo di Decina” of New York’s Luciano/Genovese Family.
He was but one of a dozen or so sub-leaders who controlled various “regimes” within the Family. But because he was given sole control over the entire City of Worcester, Iaconi was generally viewed as a Mafia “boss” in his own right.