CHAPTER SEVEN

Power Street

Buddy Cianci's home, located at the corner of Power and Benefit streets. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Ruben W. Perez.

Buddy Cianci's home, located at the corner of Power and Benefit streets. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Ruben W. Perez.

March 20th, 1983. As an FBI investigation swirls around him, an increasingly unpredictable and paranoid Buddy Cianci summons a few friends to his home on the East Side of Providence. What happens there that night shocks the city.

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Buddy's wife, Sheila, appears in a campaign commercial for his first bid for mayor. Courtesy of the Buddy Cianci archives.

It was a matter of time before Buddy was going to self-destruct.
— Dennis Aiken, former FBI agent

A jubilant Buddy greets supporters after winning another mayoral term in November of 1982. At right is his wife, Sheila. The two were in the process of separating at the time. Courtesy of the Providence Journal.


Buddy's carriage house at 33 Power Street, where he assaulted his friend Raymond DeLeo on March 20th, 1983, after hearing a rumor that DeLeo and Sheila were having an affair. Courtesy of The Providence Journal/Mary Murphy.

Buddy's carriage house at 33 Power Street, where he assaulted his friend Raymond DeLeo on March 20th, 1983, after hearing a rumor that DeLeo and Sheila were having an affair. Courtesy of The Providence Journal/Mary Murphy.

After the assault, some referred to Buddy's house as the "crime castle." Courtesy of The Providence Journal.

After the assault, some referred to Buddy's house as the "crime castle." Courtesy of The Providence Journal.


The whole evening was nothing but fucks.
— Joe DiSanto

The head of Public Works

Joseph DiSanto held a series of high-level positions in Buddy's administration before he became public works director. He was Buddy's close friend and the first person to arrive at 33 Power Street that night. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Andrew Dickerman. 

Joseph DiSanto held a series of high-level positions in Buddy's administration before he became public works director. He was Buddy's close friend and the first person to arrive at 33 Power Street that night. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Andrew Dickerman

The Judge

William McGair was Buddy's lawyer when the mayor and his wife filed for divorce. McGair, a prominent former judge, was also present at Buddy's house the night of the assault. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Andrew Dickerman.

William McGair was Buddy's lawyer when the mayor and his wife filed for divorce. McGair, a prominent former judge, was also present at Buddy's house the night of the assault. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Andrew Dickerman.


The Cop

The Attorney General

Herbert DeSimone was a friend of Buddy Cianci and Raymond DeLeo. DeSimone, pictured outside the courthouse a few months after the assault, was called on to end the dispute between Buddy and DeLeo. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Andrew Dickerman.

Herbert DeSimone was a friend of Buddy Cianci and Raymond DeLeo. DeSimone, pictured outside the courthouse a few months after the assault, was called on to end the dispute between Buddy and DeLeo. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Andrew Dickerman.

James Hassett, a Providence patrolman and Buddy's driver, was charged with aiding and abetting in the kidnapping of DeLeo. The charges were later dropped. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Rachel Ritchie.

James Hassett, a Providence patrolman and Buddy's driver, was charged with aiding and abetting in the kidnapping of DeLeo. The charges were later dropped. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Rachel Ritchie.


Raymond DeLeo, right, the man assaulted by Buddy, leaves Superior Court in Providence, accompanied by his attorney. On the night of March 20th, 1983, Buddy hit DeLeo, burned him with a cigarette and threatened him with a fireplace log. DeLeo always maintained that he and Sheila did not have an affair. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Thomas D. Stevens.

Raymond DeLeo, right, the man assaulted by Buddy, leaves Superior Court in Providence, accompanied by his attorney. On the night of March 20th, 1983, Buddy hit DeLeo, burned him with a cigarette and threatened him with a fireplace log. DeLeo always maintained that he and Sheila did not have an affair. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Thomas D. Stevens.


News footage from Buddy's indictment on six felony charges on May 24th, 1983. Courtesy of the Buddy Cianci Archives.


After repeatedly maintaining his innocence, Buddy eventually pleaded no contest to the assault charges. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Pamela Price. 

After repeatedly maintaining his innocence, Buddy eventually pleaded no contest to the assault charges. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Pamela Price


Buddy arrives at Superior Court in Providence in February of 1984. Charles Mansolillo, his chief aide, is pictured with him. Providence Journal file photo/Rachel Ritchie.

Buddy arrives at Superior Court in Providence in February of 1984. Charles Mansolillo, his chief aide, is pictured with him. Providence Journal file photo/Rachel Ritchie.

Buddy is pursued by reporters outside Superior Court in Providence. The assault on Raymond DeLeo became a national news story. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Pamela Price.

Buddy is pursued by reporters outside Superior Court in Providence. The assault on Raymond DeLeo became a national news story. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Pamela Price.


Buddy listens as a judge hands down a five-year suspended sentence on April 23rd, 1984. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/William Rooney.

Buddy listens as a judge hands down a five-year suspended sentence on April 23rd, 1984. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/William Rooney.

News footage of City Hall workers reacting to Buddy's sentencing. Courtesy of the Buddy Cianci archives.


Buddy announces his resignation at a press conference in his City Hall office on April 25th, 1984. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Pamela Price.

Buddy announces his resignation at a press conference in his City Hall office on April 25th, 1984. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Pamela Price.

Workers pack boxes at City Hall after Buddy's resignation. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Andrew Dickerman.

Workers pack boxes at City Hall after Buddy's resignation. Courtesy of the Providence Journal/Andrew Dickerman.


Episode Credits

Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. It is produced by Drew Nelles, Austin Mitchell and Mike Plunkett, with additional production by Laura Sim. The show is edited by Alex Blumberg and Caitlin Kenney, with additional editing by Kaitlin Roberts. Fact-checking by Mick Rouse. This episode of Crimetown was mixed, sound designed and scored by Matthew Boll. Additional sound design by Ted Robinson at Silver Sound. Original music by John Kusiak, Jon Ivans, Edwin and Bienart.

Additional music by Kenny Kusiak and P. Andrew Willis. Our ad music is by Matthew Boll. Additional mixing by Martin Peralta and Enoch Kim. Our digital editor is Kate Parkinson-Morgan. Our design director is Ale Lariu. This season of Crimetown is dedicated to the memory of Zachary Malinowski. Thanks to the Providence Journal, WPRI, Julia Heymans, Emily Wiedemann, Tim White, Dan Barry, Mike Stanton, Lisa Newby, Mary Murphy and everyone who shared their stories with us. 


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