Boston Gang Wars: Loans Sharks and Bookies: Vincent J. (Bittie) Vazza

VINCENT J. (BITTIE) VAZZA, 36                                                                     September 10, 1958  Vincent Vazza, called “Bittie,” first came to the attention of the law when he …

Boston Gang Wars- Loan Sharks and Bookies: Harold “Zimmy” Zimmerman

HAROLD “ZIMMY” ZIMMERMAN, 38                        November 8, 1956 Zimmerman would be the first of three Jewish men involved in the bookmaking business who were murdered between 1956 and Labor Day, 1961. The North End sought to send a message to the Jewish bookmakers that dealing …

Boston Waterfront Murders- John F. (Fats) Buccelli

JOHN F. (FATS) BUCCELLI, 44              June 19, 1958 Buccelli had a record going back over the years including convictions for burglary, larceny, bookmaking and breaking and entering. In 1940, he was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to five to seven-years in State Prison. On June 6, 1956, four …

Boston Gang Wars- Waterfront Murders I

WILLIAM CAMERON,  49                                                   June 10, 1956 On June 10, 1956, after receiving a phone call, the Boston Police found William Cameron murdered.  I decided to start with William Cameron because his murder both links to the Boston gang past and looks forward.   Four murders in the next two years appear to be connected to …

Boston Gang Wars – The Gangs

A necessary step to piece together the murders in the Boston Gang Wars is to identify the gangs and the gang members. You cannot depend upon what the federal prosecutors present. They throw in anyone who has even marginal contact with the gang so as to awe the jury. The prosecutors showed an exhibit of …

Boston Gang Wars- Read the Clues to the Murders

Clues hide in the murders.  I suggest the clues are significant in ascertaining the party that committed the murder. The McLeans were not in the murdering business in their early years. Later, when the McLean gang became the Winter Hill gang and murderers joined, the gang started murdering by shooting. But the Winter Hill other …