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Frank "The Cheeseman" Cucchiara (March 29, 1895 - January 23, 1976) also known as "Frank the spoon", was a longtime member and consigliere of the Patriarca crime family.

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Cucchiara was born in Salemi, Sicily and became a naturalized American citizen in 1931. When boss Philip Buccola and Boston consigliere Giuseppe Lombardo left the New England rackets, a new boss was needed and Raymond L.S. Patriarca filled the void. Patriarca chose Frank "The Cheeseman" Cucchiara as his consigliere or counselor for his crime family. Cucchiara earned got the nickname "Cheeseman" because he owned the Purity Cheese company in Endicott, Boston. There is little known about Cucchiara besides the fact that he fast rising capo in the state of Massachusetts. He was once arrested for suspicion of murder, possession of morphine and dynamite. He was known to hide his illegal activities or launder his money through the disguise as a cheese importer.

Cucchiara attended the 1957 Apalachin Mafia conference representing the New England area mafia. He reportedly ran gambling operations in Boston's North End and financed narcotics transactions. In his younger days he was said to be a close associate of Lucky Luciano and Vito Genovese of New York City. Cucchiara's son was once reportedly assaulted by an African-American worker and Cucchiara wanted to seek revenge, as was the tradition in the Mafia, but was not allowed to do so by higher powers within organized crime who feared taking reprisals against civilians might bring unnecessary heat from law enforcement. On January 23, 1976, Cuccharia killed his wife, Santa Lucy Giordano, and then committed suicide at their Belmont, Massachusetts home using a shotgun.

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