A two part series of interviews from 1970 with mafia hit man Joe Barboza. Although they were recorded in 1970, the air date of this news report looks to be s...
I wonder where this interview was conducted. Barboza had been barred as a condition of parole and entry into the federal witness protection program from ever setting foot in Massachusetts again. The interview probably took place somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area; maybe around Santa Rosa. Whoever shot the footage must have held it until after Barboza was killed.
can't help who your friends were ! :-) He was something else for sure.
very interesting side of him shown here ! He COULD be nice around women though, never had a problem w/him. We were coffee partners, in those days. Rough conversations, yes, but he was always nice around me.
Joe had dinner with my parents and I on two occasions. We did not, of course, know that his real surname was Barboza or anything about his history.
Yes Joe, could behave himself in the 60's when I was around him, but you didn't piss him off, that's for sure ! :-) He had a partner at that time named Bobby Trenholm, doing state time for raping little girls, I saw that a few yrs. ago on a site (FBI). Trenhholm did 20 yrs in Walpole, then he got out, &hooked in w/Barboza. He also used to go to Baione's house , at that time. Things wer wide open then, as you all know ! Now, forget it, nothing more around, just as well. At least I lived the life w/fun (sometimes, but mostly it was tragic that surrounded us).
At that time he hung around w/ Connie Frizzi and his brother Guy, both dead. One Frizzi was OK, but the other never like me around his brother !
I met Joe at the Marine Cooks & Stewards (MC&S) Training School in the summer of 1969. MC&S was a west coast maritime union. Enrollees, all men, were trained to cook on passenger ships and freighters by European chefs. I was 20 years old and knew absolutely nothing about Joe's past life and since I am by nature not nosy I did not pry. I learned later, of course, that Joe had been placed in the federal witness security program. He was the first "turncoat mobster" to be in the program. He got along well with everybody. He had his eccentricities but we all did.
For sure, we all have eccentricities :-)
BTW, the school was located about five miles east of Santa Rosa, California on Mark West Springs Road. Santa Rosa is about 47 miles north of San Francisco, which is where I had been born and raised.
How did you come to know Joe?
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