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The man Stevie Flemmi could count on

Oct 23, 14 The man Stevie Flemmi could count on

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When he came back to Quincy from the Korean War, Dick O’Brien went into the family business.   The family business was bookmaking.   And at first that’s what it was – a business. He laid off bets first to Bernie McGarry, then the Angiulos and later Winter Hill. But in the 1980’s, O’Brien had to start paying “rent” to two...

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Plymouth County hack clan touts new spawn

Oct 22, 14 Plymouth County hack clan touts new spawn

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Old hacks never die, they don’t even fade away, they just collect their state pensions and scheme to get their kids elected to jobs to keep the family hackerama going.   Meet Matt McDonough, a second-generation hack from Marshfield now running for Plymouth County register of probate.   Matt is the son of the extinguished,...

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Howie’s latest takes on mob’s ‘Plug Uglies’

Oct 19, 14 Howie’s latest takes on mob’s ‘Plug Uglies’

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(Howie Carr’s latest book is “Plug Uglies: A Scrapbook of Boston Organized Crime.” It contains more than 400 photos, including scores of never-before-seen mugshots, as well as chapters on Mafia bosses Gerry Angiulo and Larry Baione, the Great Plymouth Mail Robbery, Jewish hoodlums, a number of pictures from hitman Jimmy Flemmi’s...

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Robel Phillipos has friends in high places

Oct 17, 14 Robel Phillipos has friends in high places

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Who is Robel Phillipos going to call as his next character witness – Willie Horton?   So there he was, M. Stanley Dukakis, the failed ex-governor of Massachusetts, driving his tank down to the federal courthouse yesterday to testify on behalf of the admitted pothead who is also an accused terrorist-helper.   It was...

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