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

JAMES “BUDDY” MCLEAN, 35                                October 31, 1965 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 …

Boston Gang Wars- Murdered by the McLaughlins: Russell Nicholson

RUSSELL NICHOLSON, 33                                              May 12, 1964 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 …

Boston Gang Wars- Murdered by the McLeans: Bernard McLaughlin

BERNARD McLAUGHLIN, 40                                           October 31, 1961 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 …

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 …

Boston Gang Wars-Loan Sharks and Bookies: Fiore DeChristoforo

FIORE DeCHRISTOFORO, 35                                            September 7, 1961 The last murder in this group is that of Fiore DeChristoforo. He lived in Somerville but owned a variety store in the North End. In the early morning of his murder around 5:15 a.m. after a long night, De Christoforo left the Coliseum Restaurant. He and some other patrons …