The Arrest of Ralph DeMasi
80-year-old Ralph DeMasi is known throughout New England as both a prolific armored-car robber and a dedicated family man. After decades in prison, he thought he would live out his last years in freedom. Then the police made a break in a cold case, and now Ralph has a new charge on his long rap sheet: murder.
LISTEN TO THE ARREST OF RALPH DEMASI
A HUSBAND BEHIND BARS
A TASTE FOR ARMORED TRUCKS
The same year that Ralph was arrested for the Shawmut heist, Ralph's friend Tony Fiore was also arrested for another attempted armored car robbery, at the Emerald Square Mall. Tony wrote this letter to Ralph to debrief about this "fine mess we got our self in this time." Crimetown's bonus episode "Cat and Mouse II" recounts Tony's thwarted Emerald Square Mall caper. Courtesy of Ralph DeMasi.
WAITING for Justice
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This episode was reported in partnership with Dan Barry of The New York Times. To learn more about Ralph DeMasi and the murder of Ed Morlock, read Dan’s recent article, “The Holdup: A Mobster, a Family and the Crime That Won’t Let Them Go.” Crimetown is produced by Drew Nelles, Austin Mitchell, Kaitlin Roberts, and Mike Plunkett. The associate producer is Laura Sim. The show is edited by Alex Blumberg and Caitlin Kenney. This episode of Crimetown was mixed by Matthew Boll. Sound design by Kenny Kusiak and Martin Peralta, with additional mixing by Emma Munger. Our title track is “Run To Your Mama” by Goat.
Original music by John Kusiak, Jon Ivans, Edwin and Bienart. Credit music this week is “Daddy’s Dream” by Mitchell Catalanatto, courtesy of Jack Fleischer. Ad music is by Matthew Boll. The show's digital editor is Rob Szypko. This season of Crimetown is dedicated to the memory of Zachary Malinowski. Thanks to The Providence Journal, The New York Times, Julia Heymans, Emily Wiedemann, Kate Wells, Lisa Newby, Mary Murphy, Meghan Louttit, Christine Kay, Andrew White, Maura Foley, Beth Flynn, and everyone who shared their stories with us. Providence is a special place, and we're honored to have told a part of its story.