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Charlestown, Boston

November 21 2005 at 2:08 PM
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Whats going on in Charlestown and Southie these days?


    
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CHARLESTOWN "CODE OF SILENCE"

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November 28 2005, 12:34 AM 

Here's some background information on Charlestown;

CHARLESTOWN "CODE OF SILENCE"

On a summer night in 1992, George Sargent, 43, was shot to death outside a pizza parlor in Charlestown, Massachusetts. A few days earlier, he had provided information to police concerning criminal dealings in the neighborhood. As he lay dead on the sidewalk, no one called the police, and no one admitted to seeing the shooting. This startling response to the murder had become typical in Charlestown, a small community in North Boston. Members of the community were unwilling to share information that would facilitate homicide investigations because of their reliance on vigilante justice, fear of retaliation by criminals, and anti-police sentiment.

This unspoken “code of silence” made homicide investigations extremely difficult. Between 1975 and 1992, Charlestown experienced 49 murders, 33 of which were not solved. The community was being overrun by the “Irish Mob,” a group of violent career criminals who ran a major PCP and cocaine distribution center. Because intimidated citizens upheld the code of silence, these drug traffickers were able to operate with virtual impunity.

When it became clear that drugs were a large part of Charlestown’s crime problem, the DEA got involved and joined forces with the Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police Department, and the Boston Housing Police Department. DEA agents and local officers worked together to gather intelligence and establish a comprehensive case against the criminals in the neighborhood. In order to find informants critical to solving both drug and murder cases, agents arranged to protect any witnesses who agreed to testify against the Charlestown criminals. As a result of three years of extensive investigations in Charlestown, by July 1994, 40 defendants were indicted on charges that included racketeering, murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and armed robbery. One indictment charged that two of the defendants paid hired killers $5,000 to murder those they believed were encroaching on their turf. Once violent criminals such as these were removed from the Charlestown community, the threat of retaliation disappeared and the code of silence was broken. A hotline set up by the DEA yielded hundreds of calls from community residents that resulted in valuable leads and more significant arrests.

One reason for the success of the Charlestown investigation is that it was a collaborative effort that used the resources and talents of many law enforcement agencies. In addition to aligning with the state and local police, the DEA Boston Division also worked on the Charlestown investigation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office; the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office; the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Special Investigations Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections; and the U.S. Marshals Service.

 
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The Boston Irish Mob Wars

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November 28 2005, 1:00 AM 

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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George McLaughlin

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November 28 2005, 1:03 AM 


George McLaughlin was a member of the "The McLaughlin Brothers" gang of Charlestown, Massachusetts. According to local legend, Georgie was responsable for the start of the Boston Irish Gang Wars when he drunkenly tried to grope the girlfreind of a member of Somerville's "Winter Hill Gang". After His brother Bernard McLaughlin was murdered by "Winter Hill Gang" leader James "Buddy" McLean, George and brother Edward "Punchy" McLaughlin murdered Russell Nicholson who was rumored to be McLean's driver in the shooting. Georgie was later arrested for the murder of a bank clerk and is still in prison.





McLaughlin in custody, being led in BPD headquarters, Feb. 1965



    
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Edward McLaughlin

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November 28 2005, 1:04 AM 



Edward McLaughlin, also known as "Punchy", was a former boxer and a member of the "The McLaughlin Brothers" gang of Charlestown, Massachusetts. After His brother Bernard McLaughlin was murdered by "Winter Hill Gang" leader James "Buddy" McLean, Punchy and brother George McLaughlin murdered Russell Nicholson who was rumored to be McLean's driver in the shooting. After surviving many assassination attempts, Punchy was on his way to the Court House for his brother Georgie's murder trial, and was shot dead at a bus station in Roxbury.


    
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Bernard "Bernie" McLaughlin

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November 28 2005, 1:06 AM 

Bernard "Bernie" McLaughlin was the leader of Charlestown, Massachusetts Irish gang known as The McLaughlin Brothers. After he attempted to assasinate Somerville Irish mob leader James "Buddy" McLean Bernie was shot to death by Mclean in Charlestown town square on Halloween in broad daylight. Mclean was arrested but later aquitted of all charges.

 
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Cornelius Hughes

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November 28 2005, 1:09 AM 



Cornelius Hughes was a Charlestown, Massachusetts gangster and assasin for Charlestown's "The McLaughlin Brothers" gang. He assassinated Somerville, Massachusetts Irish gang leader James "Buddy" McLean during the Boston Irish Gang Wars which left over forty men dead from both Somerville and Charlestown. He was later shot to death in his car by Somerville's "Winter Hill Gang" assassins. His body was shot so badly his brain was found on the floor of his car.


    
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Arthur "Butchy" Doe Jr

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January 24 2006, 11:39 AM 

Arthur "Butchy" Doe Jr. was an Irish-American mobster from Charlestown, Massachusetts. He is remembered for his harrowing escapes. His father was Arthur Doe, Sr. who was killed in the late 1960's in Boston.

 
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Butchy strikes again

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March 27 2006, 7:52 PM 

"Butchy" Doe is about to be locked up for beating his girlfriend and mother of his one year old. I guess she found out he has been secretly married for 1 year and a half!

 
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you should only post what u know for a fact

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October 20 2007, 11:48 PM 

You might wanna be careful what you post! i'm related to him and that is not why he beat her up--she's a rat and butchy isn't married asshole!

 
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rat

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September 30 2009, 2:30 PM 

whos she ratting out or ratted out?

 
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Ashamed

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May 6 2011, 12:51 AM 

The brother should "hang his head". I know someone who fell for his "talk" and - lets just say, a criminal is always a criminal.

 
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Re: you should only post what u know for a fact

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You are a low life idiot

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April 3 2012, 5:49 PM 

Once a low life, always a low life. Related to a low life, friend of a low life, just completely low life. You know what they say "you can't shine shit" - your low life relations and yourself are living proof. You shame the human race. You are probably the "missing link" but you don't have enough brain cells between all of you to even understand that. I bet you are confused with that statement and it's causing some brain cramps - huh?

 
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Re: you should only post what u know for a fact

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July 13 2011, 1:35 AM 

Are you kidding me? Whether married, single or a complete stranger, any man that touches a woman is a piece of shit. And you are PROUD to be related??? Low life - complete low life.

 
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"Connie" Hughes was my grandfather

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June 24 2009, 8:15 PM 

I was just wondering if you know anything more on Cornelius Hughes? My father and grandmother refused to tell me anything about him. But im 20 years old now and i think i have a right to know about him. So if you could, please e-mail me anything you can find on him.

Thank you.

Kellie Hughes

 
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Cornelius Hughes

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March 6 2014, 12:17 AM 

It seems that my father had other children besides me.....

 
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Who killed Joseph Francione

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January 12 2006, 12:44 AM 

Can you please explain this for me?

 
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Re: The Boston Irish Mob Wars

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November 15 2007, 12:42 AM 

Irish, I've been looking for "Vincent Teresa in My Life in the Mafia" It is a very rare book. Any suggestions?

 
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My Life In The Mafia

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My life in the Mafia 'book'

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August 22 2011, 1:11 AM 

I have this book and am halfway through it. It's hard cover. If you are still after it I'll sell it when I finished reading it. Cheers, Peter.

 
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Looking for info about Buddy Mclean

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May 30 2009, 2:56 AM 

I was told that the Winter Hill Gang was built around the admiration of Buddy Mclean's ability to fight. The story goes that Buddy made a name for himself fighting on the Charlestown docks where he worked as a teenager. He also piled up dozens of victories against sailors and tough guys at the Alibi Club. Later on he branched out and fought in bars, clubs, and streets throughout Greater Boston. Mr. Irish Hood, I'd like to know what you or anyone else could tell me about Buddy.

 
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April 27 2008, 3:48 PM 

when my grandparents got off the boat they lived in charlestown then moved to medford. my cousinns the sheas still live there. where can i buy these townie movies. i remember playing cowboys and indians at the monument and swimming at the boys club with my cousin john o/neil. thanks, jim dwyer

 
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April 18 2009, 5:45 AM 

The Movie is called the Green Square Mile
you can probaly get it at tha Kiwanis Club
in Charlestown

 
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Re: Charlestown, Boston

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February 17 2006, 6:11 PM 

... the code is still alive

 
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the code lives on?

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August 3 2006, 6:41 PM 

I was a hoodlum in Southie alternating w/ Worcester. I now reside in Houston,Tx. I like to think that nothin's changed,but I know thats not true.When I was growin up the code was very real,but changed, not slowly,all of a sudden everyones talking.The code of silence for me was not taught but engraved in my character. The neighborhood of Southie was(sadly no more)an enigma; a piece of another country trapped in an enclave. A predominate Irish town that handles, helps, protects their own, and punishes their own.It may have been violent at times,but it WAS MY neighborhood.Now I dont even recognize it.SO KEEP THE CODE ALIVE!!!

 
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January 18 2010, 8:09 PM 

What parts of southie and worcester were you in cuz i share those stompin grounds.

 
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Looking for Information

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March 27 2006, 8:08 PM 

Any information on Robert O'Neil from Charlestown...Lawrence Street. Died in the early 80's... Known to be connected to "Shakey" Dowd from Main st.
Also, any info on the murder of my brother Shawn O'Neil would be great. He was murdered in 1987.

 
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New Pics!

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November 30 2006, 5:44 PM 

New pictures added on 30/9/06

 
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OLD SCHOOL

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March 26 2008, 1:50 AM 

WHATS UP WITH RALPH VERRILL AKA JERRY IRISH MURPHY CODE OF SILENCE HE'S IN PRISON NOW FOR OVER 30 YEARS STRAIGHT.

 
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dwyer

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June 27 2008, 4:15 PM 

how many dwyers were there in the charlestown thanks, jim dwyer

 
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Old School 2

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April 18 2009, 5:54 AM 

DO you know Ralph?????
Do you have any idea what he did?
30 years aint shit for someone
that's a lifelong criminal

 
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June 27 2009, 11:19 AM 

WHAT ABOUT THE MUSCLE >JIMMY BROWN,MIKE JACOBS,RICH DOHRTY,PHIL ETHERTON ,BUCKLEY ????

 
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Still the same?

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March 15 2012, 12:32 AM 

While I grew up outside of DC in the 60s and 70s, my mother's family had then (and still) live in Charlestown on a side street off of Bunker Hill Street. Last I visited, (1996) gentrification had invaded, yet, much still looked the same not far from Saint Francis DeSales and the Thousand Flights. My family has lived in the same row houses for well over 100 years now. Back in the 1960s, those row houses could be bought for under 10 grand each. Now, since the invasion, they are worth upwards of half a mill each.

We visited every summer back then. A yearly highlight for me was watching, hearing and riding on the Orange Line EL that screeched above Main Street 24/7. Back in the summer of 1975 or 76, I remember drinking in the park at Doherty Playground with local youth and getting pretty fucked up. I was an outsider, but, being that my mother's family lived there, they mostly left me alone and let me drink with them. I recall it was mainly a girl or two that wanted to see me get my ass kicked. After, I returned to my aunt's and awoke the next morning with her shaking her fist in my face and one shoe missing! I don't believe anyone took it from me. I think I simply lost it in my stupor. There was booze and mescaline mixed together in a cooler that everyone had been drinking from.

Anyway, my grandmother's father and a brother were both named Bernard McLaughlin. She also had a brother named Charles. Yet, while the famous Charlestown gangland McLaughlin's were of my parent's generation (not my grandparent's), I wonder - nevertheless - if they are related to us. Na, there are more fuckin' Bernie McLaughlin's in Boston than there are John Smith's in all the USA!

 
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ralph verill aka jerry

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May 11 2012, 10:00 PM 

hi its annette your daughter from annette with 3 brothers

 
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