Body of slain mobster unearthed in Riverside
By W. Zachary Malinowski and MIKE STANTON
Journal Staff Writers
EAST PROVIDENCE –– Joe Onions may finally be able to rest in peace.
The Rhode Island State Police yesterday unearthed what they believe are the remains of Joseph P. “Joe Onions” Scanlon, the onetime hood, police informant and victim of an infamous Rhode Island gangland slaying.
Three decades after mob associate Nicholas S. “Nicky” Pari used a backhoe to inter Scanlon’s remains behind a Riverside apartment complex that was under construction, another backhoe operator uncovered the apparent grave on the third day of digging –– an archaeological dig that has resurrected memories of Rhode Island’s bygone Mafia heyday.
Now it will be up to the state medical examiner to positively identify what’s left of Joe Onions, who earned his nickname because he used to make the ladies cry.