Buddy Cianci’s family unhappy with “Crimetown” podcast
By Bianca Buono
Buddy Cianci’s family is not happy with the “Crimetown” podcast for a number of reasons, but mostly for a t-shirt being sold on the podcast’s website. It features half of Buddy Cianci’s face combined with that of former New England mob boss Raymond Patriarca’s.
"Buddy would be incensed if he saw this. To associate Raymond Patriarca and Buddy, it’s not apples and oranges it’s apples and Toyotas,” said Buddy’s nephew Brad Turchetta.
Turchetta says he and his family worked with the “Crimetown” crew as they developed their podcast. The first season focused solely on the lengthy history of political corruption in Providence.
The season is over and the Cianci family feels betrayed. They were under the impression that both the good and the bad from the Jekyll-and-Hyde mayor would make the podcast.
"They had a piece of Buddy that was part of him; sure, his darker side I guess but they certainly glorified that,” Turchetta said.
The irony is the podcast has put Buddy’s story on the national radar and since it aired, his family has received several offers to bring Buddy’s life to the big screen.
The family has settled on a television deal with Beverly Hills-based 3 Arts Entertainment and writers are working on a script now.
"Actually the writers are from Rhode Island so Buddy would have appreciated that,” Turchetta said.
The pilot for that show is expected to be ready in six months. Then, it will be pitched to different studios.
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