The Boston Irish Mob Wars started in the early 1960's, when according to Vincent Teresa in My Life in the Mafia, George McLaughlin (of "The McLaughlin Brothers" gang of Charlestown, Massachusetts), while drunk, apparently groped the breast of the girlfriend of Alex Rocco, a member of "The Winter Hill Gang" of Somerville, Massachusetts. This sparked the Irish Gang Wars that resulted in the deaths of over forty hoodlums from both sides. That includes “Winter Hill Gang” Leader James "Buddy" McLean, Edward "Punchy" McLaughlin, and Bernard McLaughlin.
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