Sunday, June 18, 2023

Richie 'The Boot' Boiardo home for sale

For about $2 million you can own a former home of Ruggiero “Richie The Boot” Boiardo at 4 Twilight Court in Livingston. He was the head of the New Jersey faction of the Genovese crime family. He was also an inspiration for David Chase's "The Sopranos."

The home was his daughter's and sits back from the road at the end of a long, winding driveway. Richie the Boot bought the property in 1939. He lived there until his death in 1984 at age 93.

Sopranos creator David Chase said when he was a child, his family visited relatives in Newark "with connections to a prominent mob family in Livingston."

Ruggiero Boiardo was boss until he died.
Years later, Chase admitted that the Tony Soprano character in 'The Sopranos' was modeled after the Boiardos.
Things weren’t going well for the Boiardos in the late ’60s. IRS agents were investigating The Boot, and Life magazine ran an exposé on his “brazen empire of organized crime” and 30-acre estate in Livingston, NJ. The Boiardos ran Newark with an iron hand. For decades, they controlled the city’s underworld and benefited from racketeering, loan-sharking, theft, gambling and no-show jobs at the Port of Newark. In 1969 Richie the Boot was convicted of conspiracy to violate gambling laws.
Richie The Boot became increasingly detached and paranoid when he stepped aside. His son, Tony Boy, rose quickly in the mob but lacked The Boot’s sharp cunning and many thugs disliked him. Tony Boy died of a heart attack in 1978, at 64. The Boot died six years later due to heart failure. By then the Boiardo crime family was finished in Newark.