Wrongly Attributed to the First Irish Gang War- Ronald Dermody (Part 2)

On September 4, 1964, at 11:00 p.m., Dermody was in the driver’s seat of the car he had borrowed which was stopped at School and Belmont Streets in Watertown. The window on the passenger side was rolled part way down. He was shot at four time; three slugs hit his body. The fatal shot hit …

Wrongly Attributed to the First Irish Gang War- Ronald Dermody (Part 1)

Ronald Dermody is often grouped in as a victim of the “Irish Gang Wars.”was not a member of either the McLean or the McLaughlin gang. He was not involved in their dispute. He was an armed robber from Cambridge. Dermody was sixteen, halfway through his short, delinquent life when he was arrested in October 1948 …

Boston Gang Wars- Murdered by McLaughlins- James “Buddy” McLean

Buddy McLean was the leader of a Somerville gang. Around a month before the Salisbury Beach incident on Labor Day in 1961, McLean was confronted by David Gearty, 35. David Gearty was described as a dapper fellow and “not an easy man to forget. A broad-shouldered six-footer with a deep tan, he is often mistaken …

Boston Gang Wars- Murdered by the McLaughlins: Russell Nicholson

In early November 1961, Russell Nicholson, a Metropolitan District Commission police officer, was suspended and later dismissed from that police force for “being in the company of persons of ill repute, with whom he admitted having been friendly.” The persons of ill repute were Buddy McLean and Alexander Petricone. Rumor had it that he drove …

Boston Gang Wars- Murdered by the McLeans: Bernard McLaughlin

On Tuesday, October 31, 1961, shortly after noon and thirty-six hours after Buddy McLean fired shots near his car at night, Bernie McLaughlin walked down Chelsea Street, in City Square Charlestown.  He walked past Lynda Lee. She said she knew him. He said to her, “hello beautiful.” Moments later, a “man about 6 feet tall, …

Boston Gang Wars- THE FIRST IRISH GANG WAR: McLaughlin v. McLean Introduction

The supposed Irish gang war is commonly proposed to have started Labor Day weekend, 1961. That weekend, members of two Irish gangs – one, the Somerville Gang from the City of Somerville under the leadership of James “Buddy” McLean; the other the McLaughlin Gang from Charlestown under the leadership of the McLaughlin brothers- partied at …