(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY AUG. 7, 2017) — Here are a few left-over items from the Infamous case of “Dr.” Muraca and Mr. Hide. The case is far from over. In fact, its an infant. The best is yet to come.

  • The film rights to this incredible tale of alleged fraud, greed, and filth have been purchased by Nano Nanoo Bio-Productions. The company, founded by a 32-ounce steak with all the fat, has recruited the noted French actor  Jhabba le Hhutte, late of Star Wars Meets the Arc de Triumph fame, to play the part of “Dr.” Muraca.
  • THE PLANET would never say Polythene Pat is a milker, but the question has occurred: Why is Muraca the Moocher living in a tat records show is home owned by his girlfriend, Facebook idol Darleen Zradi? As far as home sweet home is concerned, the Feds allege Muraca used investor funds to pay for his, his mothers, and others.
  • Zradi’s latest example of neo-post-modern fiction on Facebook comes from this morning: “Day off spending it with my mom ..Hope everyone enjoys theres[.]” Yes. It’s spelled “theres”.
  • The “doctorate” Muraca long touted to agape Pittsfield officials (Bianchi, Ruffer, Thurston, et. al.) was a meaningless piece of paper purchased from a diploma mill, the Feds say. What are the odds, ladies and gentlemen, that in high school, Muraca based his book report of Moby Dick on the Clasic Comics version? Call me “Ishbionano.”
  • Kudos to the good investigative work by colleague Bob Dunn of The Boring Broadsheet. THE PLANET isn’t shy to serve as the paper’s ex officio ombudsman when it needs a wood shampoo administered in the shed out back, so when the daily gets it right, we serve the interests of fair play and happily acknowledge the same. It’s refreshing to see this journal serving in its role as Fourth Estate, guardian of the people’s right to know.
  • The most insightful comment about le Mess Muraca came from a respondent to this address, pointing out that this most recent trouble involved private equity. If it had been public money, he said, we wouldn’t have heard a word about misappropriation of funds, manipulation, malfeasance, wire fraud, or any drop of it.  A source close to the case, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the private investors started getting mighty suspicious. You see, private lenders don’t like when their funds disappear into the great Beyond. When public officials and politicians spend public money, however, no one gives a spit. That’s standard operating procedure in Pittsfield.
  • Speaking of which, what ever happened to the tax breaks for Muraca’s now-belly-up Nuclea Biotechnologies? Have you heard Mayor Linda Tyer weighing in on that from her massage chair at the help of the Goodship Lollipop?
  • There’s no truth to the rumor that Muraca hails from Grafton.
  • Word on the street has several investors that civil suits against Muraca won’t be long in coming.
  • Inquiring minds wonder: If the SEC and the FBI are correct in their allegations, and Muraca did loan Zradi investor funds to keep her two restaurants in business, can the one greasy spoon still operating continue untouched?

There are miles to go before the characters involved in this soap opera sleep.


“It lies between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of his knowledge.” — Rod Serling, from his into to The Twilight Zone.



The Usual Disclaimer.


  1. Jonathan Melle
    August 7, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    If Patrick Muraca is incarcerated for a number of years, then he will cost taxpayers even more money!

    • dusty
      August 7, 2017 at 11:40 am #

      When was the last time anybody connected to the Boston political machine got incarcerated? He is the Chris Christie of Massachusetts.

    • Dilly Dally
      August 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

      Rice is cheap.

  2. Pat
    August 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    Why didn’t anyone in the city do a background check before giving someone a $510,000.00 tax break?

  3. Two Cents
    August 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    What I find amazing is that it only took the Eagle reporters a couple of phone calls to totally dismantle Muacca’s resume as one big hunk of BS. Yet for years not one reporter, politician, PEDA, City Hall, investors, et all, did not even bother to do a less extensive background check that a potential employee of a fast food restaurant is subjected to. And who gives millions of dollars to a guy who went bankrupt just months before?

    • hv
      August 7, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

      He’s good friends with Pete Larkin and Tes. he might want to distance hi self from that Police Advisory Board when he enters the Cement Building.

    • Trumped Up
      August 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

      he has ties with Tes and Pete Larkin and contributed 500 to Tes campaign which Is incredible considering what the quid pro quo scenerio

  4. The school committee
    August 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    Where is the property tax break.

  5. Non Essere Uno Stronzo
    August 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    ” can the one greasy spoon still operating continue untouched?”

    My guess would be yes, unless there is evidence she was in on the whole Madoff like thing.

  6. Berkgal
    August 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    Line 28c of the SEC complaint states Muraca used at $65,000 to fund his fiancée’s restaurant, and that on some corporate documents he was listed as a “general partner of the corporation”. She most likely had some knowledge of where the money came from, and didn’t care. I’m pretty sure that the investors or the SEC can seek to put business liens on the restaurant, to recover the misappropriation. I’m sure Zradi has a lawyer ready to say she was an innocent victim, because you can bet the Feds are looking at her. I would bet her little teeny weeny Panini business will not survive.

  7. gocometti
    August 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

    You can’t fix stupid…..Mr. Muracca has shown that he was spending funds directly from company accounts…and that’s
    just stupid.

    • dusty
      August 8, 2017 at 1:24 am #

      Sometimes politicians or their friends do things that appear “stupid”. But many of them know they are untouchable as far as being prosecuted so they sometimes get arrogant and careless. Things they would normally do behind closed doors are done right out in the open.

      Murrcas case will probably drag on for a few years and then dissolve like the exhaust from a tailpipe.

  8. The school committee
    August 8, 2017 at 2:32 am #

    Dan you report a property tax break of 510k,where is that property?Does anyone know?

    • acheshirecat
      August 8, 2017 at 5:49 am #

      He had a small building next to Family Practice, 48 Elm St., called Nuclea Genetics Center. I can’t believe such a small building would have that large a property tax though.

    • Andy McKeever
      August 8, 2017 at 10:16 am #

      I’m not aware if a $510 incentive for property taxes. However, the Massachusetts Life Science Center provided a $510,000 incentive for jobs. That required the company create and maintain 25 new jobs over five years. There was a provision allowing the center to take that money back if the jobs weren’t maintained. I have no idea how much of that was paid out, if any was taken back, or what happens with the bancruptcy. It is something I should check into, but it worth noting that they were in line with that incentive agreement when Muraca left Nuclea. He is currently not being charged for anything related to his work at Nuclea.

  9. SisterGoldenHair
    August 8, 2017 at 4:27 am #

    And how much is owed in rent to the Pathetic Economic Development Authority (PETA) for the office space where Muracas Mirage housed the fake computers?

    And does anyone have links to the stories where TES and the other politicians were the “doc’s” praises?

    • The Joker
      August 8, 2017 at 5:40 am #

      The “fake computers” were actually play stations purchased at the local Wal-Mart. See, he did contribute to the local economy.

  10. SisterGoldenHair
    August 8, 2017 at 4:28 am #

    Should be were singing the doc’s praises

  11. Pat
    August 8, 2017 at 5:24 am #

    These articles show the rise and fall of Nuclea. Notice in the second article comments section in which a blogger states that the whole Nuclea deal smells of fraud. Isn’t that the truth.,427008

  12. Pat
    August 8, 2017 at 5:44 am #

    Click on the link from Larry Murray in the 2nd article. Very insightful.

  13. Shakes His Head
    August 8, 2017 at 8:00 am #

    Does anybody in Pittsfield actually have real degrees? Between Muraca, Gaetani, and Pat, it’s like we will just make up what people want to hear.

    • Pat
      August 8, 2017 at 8:24 am #

      We know that Shakes doesn’t have a real degree. The difference is that the education of regular people is checked (easily I might add) and regular people are put through a battery of criminal and background checks. Even for working in a retail job the average person is very scrutinized. Shouldn’t people that receive very large tax breaks from our government receive at least as much scrutiny? Local government and others associated with Nuclea didn’t do a good job in that regard.

    • Non Essere Uno Stronzo
      August 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

      The only degrees Shakes has are on his thermometer.

    • May Hemm
      August 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      G is a lawyer to.

  14. h
    August 8, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Maybe when Mocaca goes to the Pen, he can be as useful as the Former Convict Birdman Of Alcatraz. Maybe they could set up a couple of cell blocks and he could do his experiments while serving time, heck, he could mayb e find the cure for hemorrhoids or something.

    • May Hemm
      August 8, 2017 at 11:16 am #

      He missed his calling as a double for the late Jackie Gleason, hmmm, how sweet it is!

  15. May Hemm
    August 8, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    I was listening to PCTV Krol replacement Show with Bill and Chris Connell, man he gave it to Turocy and a couple good jabs to the Mayor also. He said she’ll be on the show tommorow, that should be interesting. Connell seems to make good points with the handicap Parking, the problem is downtown wants those space for someone else.

  16. LoneGunMan
    August 8, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    When Nuclea went belly up the office staff ransacked the building. Computers, desks, etc were taken/given for free to friends and families. Wouldn’t those assets be liquidated due to bankruptcy? Theft?

    • CosboesLadies
      August 8, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

      Belly Up alright. What’s a few gifts amongst friends.

  17. May Hemm
    August 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    Anyone see that freak accident in Hartford? The vehicle was verticallly caught under a telephone pole that snapped.

  18. Joe Blow
    August 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

    In other news……..Massachusetts – Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Tuesday that corrupt state employees sold drivers’ licenses and state identification cards to illegal immigrants who bought Puerto Rican documents on the black market, according to the DOJ. The operation perpetuated voter fraud because some of the false identities and addresses were used to vote in Boston.

    But the Democrats say that voter fraud is just a myth! Why? Because without illegal aliens and dead people voting, the Democrats would never win another election.

    Judicial Watch reports:

    The scheme was operated by four taxpayer-funded employees at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) along with two outside accomplices who sold Puerto Rican documents to illegal aliens. All six were recently arrested and charged with aggravated identity theft. They probably never would have been caught if not for an anonymous tip received by the Massachusetts State Police nearly two years ago and there’s no telling how long the illicit scheme operated.

    The anonymous letter said that a corrupt RMV employee was providing stolen identifications and drivers’ licenses to individuals seeking false IDs, the DOJ announcement states. An investigation ensued and authorities discovered that the four clerks were working with a document vendor and document dealer to provide the licenses and official state ID cards to illegal immigrants in exchange for cash. “The scheme involved several steps,” the DOJ says. First, the document dealer sold a Puerto Rican birth certificate and U.S. Social Security card to the document vendor for approximately $900. The vendor would then sell the stolen identities for more than $2,000 to illegal aliens—some with criminal records—seeking legitimate identities in Massachusetts. After the first layer of illicit transactions occurred, the counterfeit documents and false identities and addresses were used to fraudulently register clients to vote in Boston.

    Illegal aliens would then bring the stolen identities to the RMV where the corrupt clerks worked and they would accept cash to illegally issue authentic documents, including drivers’ licenses and ID cards. “The clerks also accepted cash to use the RMV’s system to run queries, including Social Security number audits, to confirm that the identities the clients were stealing actually belonged to verifiable individuals,” the DOJ announcement states. The unscrupulous state workers face up to two years in prison, according to the feds, who won’t reveal the magnitude of the operation and how many authentic state documents were issued fraudulently to illegal aliens.

    Judicial Watch has been aggressively pursuing voter fraud which is plaguing our nation. In fact, Judicial Watch warned the state of California recently that if they don’t clean up their voters rolls, they will sue them in Federal Court.

    Just how bad is California? As TGP previously reported, there are eleven counties in California with more registered voters than voting age adults in the county.
    Ten of the Eleven counties voted for Hillary Clinton.

    Judicial Watch lays out the specifics: “[T]here were more total registered voters than there were adults over the age of 18 living in each of the following eleven (11) counties: Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (138%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%), Stanislaus (102%), and Yolo (110%).” The letter notes that the percentage in L.A. Country may be as high as 144%.

    In June California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told the Trump administration the state will not cooperate with the election integrity commission because it would “only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud.”

    • Don T
      August 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

      Calfornia has never voted Republican, what’s you’re point.

      • Non Essere Uno Stronzo
        August 8, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

        Non Essere Uno Stronzo

  19. Trumped Up
    August 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Not true,W won twice? Unfortunetely

  20. Tim
    August 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Wow… censorship at the site of the guy who fought censorship. Not surprised, typical of a Trump supporter. With the crap allowed on these comments, I cant believe my comments where censored. You, sir, are the worst. Keep stirring the pot and being a jerk.

  21. H
    August 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    Doesn’tc seem like the Mayor is Interested in Tonight’s Council Meeting, but she’s scheduled to be on the Kroc-Serre-Sturgeon Show on an illegal taxpayer paid infomercial, she’ll answer to them on the roads, line and handicap issue after Mr. Turocy takes the heat.

  22. H
    August 8, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

    Line painting or lack of it is a liability and B L I G H T? The City Council is dropping the Ball on this to. Like I said many times, if you let things linger,Hess,Kentucky Fried,Brighams burnt Building et al, this is what you get.

  23. CosbiesLadies
    August 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    Would you rather have an assistant to the airport manager, shot sputter,or handicap parking for our most vulnerable,or painted walk and roadways where children traverse, if someone jaywalks they’ll have an excuse that they didn’t see a line in the road.

  24. CosbiesLadies
    August 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    Isn’t it State Law that roadways and Line painting are required?

  25. Harlan RinkleNutts
    August 8, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    So, you have Schools opening up and many do Not have crossing guards and possible ill painted crossing lines, not just at the walks but roadways where people are in numbers. They are waiting for bids? Leadership at it’s worst. This is almost as bad as running out of salt.

    • Spagirl
      August 9, 2017 at 5:59 am #

      They always have an excuse for lack of performance. It is clear there is something askew in Pittsfield.

  26. Harlan RinkleNutts
    August 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    People laughed at me when I thought John Barrett should move to Pittsfield and run for Mayor. Well, this is just what Pittsfield needs, like him or not.

  27. Don T
    August 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    The Taconic State Champions sign does Not Make sense. Were other State Championship teams adorned with a sign?

  28. H
    August 8, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    Did Marchetti send an E-Mail to the City Solicitor during tonight’s Council Meeting. Something wrong there?

  29. Shelly Liver
    August 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    Don’t look now, we’re going to War.

    • dusty
      August 9, 2017 at 12:23 am #

      So if Trump drops a nuke on North Korea do you think some of the radiation might extend over the border to China? And do you think China even cares if it does?

      My policy has been to never back a madman into a corner. It just seems like the right thing to do.

  30. Shelly Liver
    August 8, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    Why do you think Kelly was hired? Trump is shitte.

  31. May Hemm
    August 9, 2017 at 3:52 am #

    The shitte that goes on this City is out of control. You don’t need a crime analyst to tell you that all quadrants are in peril. When you have people shooting at houses, it’s time to evaluate you’re leadership in all departments.

  32. dusty
    August 9, 2017 at 4:06 am #

    So the big debate at the UN is which of the two is more clinically insane….Donald or KIm Jong il.

    While it is a close race I think Donald will wind up being responsible for many more deaths than Kim.

  33. H
    August 9, 2017 at 5:20 am #

    This is one of the most Productive hard working Mayor’s in the City’s History and her Department Heads are the best I’ve seen in some time. Good job Mayor Tyer!

  34. SisterGoldenHair
    August 9, 2017 at 6:35 am #

    Hey H, I assume you are joking.