Thomas Marotta, one of Rochester's most prominent mobsters, left prison in 1996 at the age of 54. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that although conventional wisdom held that organized crime in Rochester had been wiped out, police feared that Marotta would help revive it.
The newspaper reports that with seven other men, Marotta would return to crime. The investigation into his activities would help lead police to solve a 1990 armored-car robbery of nearly $11 million and the 2000 execution-style slaying of a pool hall owner involved in illegal sports betting. Yet Marotta had nothing to do with either crime.
The Democrat and Chronicle is publishing a 4-part series about Marotta, based on interviews with current and retired law enforcement officials; others knowledgeable about the history of Rochester's mob and the nation's mafia families; local and national mob historians; friends and acquaintances of local and Cleveland mob figures; and lawyers connected to mob-related cases.