RIP: John Kivlan

Taking a break from the gangsters to remember one of the great crusaders chasing them down.  You will be missed, John Kivlan. John Kivlan, a celebrated attorney and former prosecutor who garnered national attention for his conviction of a gunman who killed two women during a 1994 shooting rampage at Brookline abortion clinics, died Wednesday, …

Happy Orthodox Christmas!

Wishing everyone Peace and Prosperity on this Orthodox Christmas Day, especially to the Ukrainians who have had to suffer through 318 days of death and destruction during a brutal invasion.  

North End Murders – JOSEPH “CHICO” AMICO

December 7, 1966 Chico was 6’ 2” and weighed over two hundred pounds. He was known for wearing long dark Chesterfield coats with velvet collars over sports shirts without a jacket or tie. He had been married and divorced. He had a minor record until August 1966, when along with Joe Barboza and Nick Femia, …

North End Murders- Thomas De Prisco and Arthur “Tash” Bratsos

I often think had these gangsters spent more time listening to nursey rhymes as kids rather than playing with guns they might have been a lot better off. When I think of how Tommy DePrisco and Tash Bratsos died, I immediately recall a nursery rhyme I heard as a kid: Three little mice sat down …

North End Murders – ROCCO DI SEGLIO

June 16, 1966 –   Rocco DiSeglio was murdered on June 16, 1966. DiSeglio had no criminal record. Joe DeNucci, a popular middleweight boxer from Newton who would be elected Massachusetts state auditor and serve in that position longer than any other individual, said he knew DiSeglio as well as anyone. He worked to help him …