Nation: Chicago on the Charles

If Lowells were still talking to Cabots, they were probably discussing the topic that dominated just about every other conversation in Boston. The subject was gang warfare, which last week claimed three more lives, for a total of 28 plain and fancy killings since March 1964.

Many of the Chicago-style murders stemmed from a feud between rival bands of hoodlums—one headed by Brothers George, Bernie and Edward McLaughlin of suburban Charlestown, the other by James ("Buddy") McLean and his pals from nearby Somerville. By last week, Bernie and Edward McLaughlin and Buddy McLean were dead, mowed down by unknown assassins; George McLaughlin...

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