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The Dark Underbelly of the Providence Renaissance
The 1970's saw the rise of a powerful new force in Providence (RI), replacing the once inviolate stranglehold of the Mob.
Buddy Cianci's rise to national prominence overshadowed a darker truth.
Driven from office by one scandal, returned to office on a wave of nostalgia, Cianci and Providence are forever linked.
One man was there for it all. Pat Cortellessa, who went from a small time club owner and Cianci ally with a view of the darkside of the Mayor to one of Cianci's most ardent opponents.
This is his story. One never before told.