• Show Notes

A few weeks before Al Bruno was murdered, a police informant in Springfield went missing. With no leads, the case went cold. But as mob loyalties waver, authorities figure out what happened to Gary Westerman seven years later, with big ramifications for the Al Bruno case. 

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Executive producers: Tamara Sepper, Art Chung. Senior producer and writer: Matthew Billy. Technical director: David Tatasciore. Producers: Adam Waller, Noa Azulai. Editor: Isaac Kestenbaum. Story consultant: Lissa Soep. Original score composed by Nat Weiner.


  • Indictment of Anthony Arillotta, Southern District of New York
  • “Alleged mobster shot to death at social club,” South Coast Today, 11/24/2003
  • “Police search Agawam property, possibly for remains of ex-convict Gary Westerman of Springfield,” MassLive, 4/6/2010
  • “Body found in Agawam confirmed as that of Gary Westerman, organized crime member,” MassLive, 6/2/2010 
  • “Manhattan U.S. Attorney Files Additional Charges Against Former Acting Boss of Genovese Organized Crime Family and Four Others,” FBI, 7/20/2010
  • Stephanie Barry, MassLive