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: Gaetano J. DeNicola

GAETANO J. DeNICOLA, 49                                                           December 23, 1959 A little over a month following DeMarco’s murder, on December 23, 1959, Gaetano J. DeNicola, last name also spelled DiNicola, …

Boston Gang Wars-Loan Sharks and Bookies: Joseph (Angie) DeMarco

JOSEPH (ANGIE) DeMARCO, 42,                              November 12, 1959 Six months after Goldstein was found, the body of Joseph (Angie) DeMarco, 42, was found in the Everett city dump. DeMarco called a “North End Shakedown Artist” had been convicted for the homicide of …

Boston Gang Wars-Loan Sharks and Bookies: Philip (Goldy) Goldstein

PHILIP GOLDSTEIN, 45                                                                                                          …