Before there was Whitey Bulger, Pat Nee, The Mullen’s, The Winter Hill Gang and indeed the Mafia in South Boston the Irish Mob was in control.

Frank Wallace was the leader of the Gustin Gang during the Prohibition era in South Boston.

Wallace ran the rackets in Boston until, agreeing to a “sit down” with Italian mobsters Joseph Lombardi and Phillip Bruccola to resolve the recent hijacking of beer shipments by the Gustins, Frank Wallace and Bernard “Dodo” Walsh were ambushed and killed as they entered their rivals’ headquarters at the C.K. Importing Company on December 22, 1931.

The Italians were then in control of Boston until the 1950s. After this the emerging Irish gangsters James “Buddy” McLean, Bernard “Bernie” McLaughlin, and other Irish gang leaders broke away from Mafia control and took over the rackets.

For the next 30 years, the Winter Hill Gang would be the top gang of the area.

Owen Forsyth

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