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Whitey Bulger Book Review

Well, the trial has been going on for quite a while now, but finally a verdict is in. Whitey Bulger has been convicted in his hometown of South Boston. During the days of his gangsterism, Boston Globe journalists Kevin Cullen … Continue reading

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NYC Turn of the Century Gangs

Earlier this year, I tried to take a wider view of the book and ask some important questions. One of the questions I asked, and what has always weighed on my mind… Why were there gangs anyway? Why do they … Continue reading

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Finding Brooklyn’s Irishtown

I was at first made aware of an “Irishtown” in Brooklyn by an elder through word of mouth, which of course is the ancient form of Irish storytelling. My grandmother, who was born in Brooklyn in 1917, first made mention … Continue reading

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Frankie Yale – Divide the Dawn

Frankie Yale is a minor character in the historical novel Divide the Dawn (Fall, 2019). As are most of the characters in the book, he is based on a real, historical person: The Brooklyn, Italian Mafia “Capo.” Francesco Ioele moved from Italy … Continue reading

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What’s a Diddicoy?

What once are derogatory, offensive terms often change in time. “Irish” was once a terrible and oppressive thing to be called. In the ports of New York, Boston and New Orleans and in the Pennsylvania mines, the Appalachian mountains and anywhere … Continue reading

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