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Farmland hides mobster for 10 years


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  • Mobster Enrico Ponzo changed his name, put on a cap, grew a goatee, bought a tiny herd, and hoped farmland would hide him forever. It almost did.

Despite serving as a community enigma, Shaw and Pace kept a low profile, and settled into routine. They had two children and Shaw looked after them while Cara worked nearby at Williamson Orchards. He tended 12 cows and Shaw’s 10-year back-to-the-wall vigil began relatively smoothly. Over time, Shaw learned to take on “the look of Idaho ranchers — a full goatee, a baseball cap forever on his head — he also acquired their hardiness. He helped friends and neighbors stack hay.” But Shaw’s chameleon act began falling apart when Cara took the two children and left. There has been speculation that Cara gave the feds Shaw’s location, although the tipoff source remains unclear.


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According to GQ, after Shaw was arrested while buying hay in 2011, the feds found $118,000 in cash, $65,000 in gold coins, a bar of silver, and 33 guns in his house. He was extradited to back to Massachusetts for trial, and on Nov. 20, 2013, was convicted was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, murder conspiracy, money laundering and extortion, and will be sentenced on March 6, 2014. He was acquitted on two murder charges and four other attempted murders.

Not even the vast expanses of Idaho farmland and ranch country could hold Shaw’s secret.

See Boston Magazine and GQ for more on Shaw/Ponzo.


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