True Crime Thursday: Revisiting the Wicked Boston Mob

Not everyone is deserving of the nickname he or she receives, but for Boston mafioso Joseph Barboza, “The Animal” was quite apt. Linked to the murders of over 30 people, some for business and some for fun, Barboza was only one member of a fearsome mafia that terrorized people up and down the East Coast.

The mob would go on to find itself in the halls of Congress in Washington D.C., with governors and mayors joining arms with the organization. From the tragic legacy of the Kennedy family, to the Winter Hill-Charlestown feud, this true crime tale discusses the rise and fall of the New England Mafia.

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  5. Peter W. Horton Jr.

    I am not a mobster but I enjoy reading about the mob! Yes!

  6. L Peters

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  8. Andrew Gordon

    interesting read

  9. Barbara Lima

    He looks like an animal.

  10. Sandy Klocinski

    I think this would be a good read. I’ve often been intrigued by the the Boston mob and the reality behind the many myths.
    A definite MUST READ!!!!!

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  12. Andrew Beck

    Boston, Providence, Hartford, New Haven–the tentacles of the Boston mob reach almost everywhere throughout New England–from state capitols to FBI offices. Sounds like true crime and true history at its best!

  13. Deborah Wellenstein

    Thanks for the giveaway!


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  20. Shirley Boisvert

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  22. Linda Knowles

    I would love to read this! I don’t know much about the history of the Boston Mob, except for reading a little bit about the Westies.

  23. Tammy Hastings

    My dad would love this book

  24. Nancy Marcho

    Love reading about the Boston Mob!

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  26. george ashmore

    I once read about these people but alang time ago–eager to catch up.

  27. Ria Andrews

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  34. Mike Rogers

    Looks exciting!

  35. LabRat517

    I like true crime stories and I live in Mass. so this really interests me.

  36. Lisa Pecora

    I would love to read this since I am from MA!

  37. Janice

    Would love to find out more about the Mafia. Sounds like an interesting read.

  38. Christina Oseland

    I am such a fan of reading about the mob. This would make a nice addition to my collection of books.

  39. Shelley Scaramuzzo

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  43. Rosemary Krejsa

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  44. Clydia DeFreese

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  45. Susan Pertierra

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  46. Daniel Morrell

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  47. charles j hauser jr

    Just one story of how the mob has influenced one city- The history of the mob could be written about any big city and the incestuous relationship the mob cultivates with those who hold the public’s purse

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  60. Michelle k.

    Haven’t read about the Boston mob but have read a lot about the Chicago Mobsters

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  63. Anna Mills

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  64. Kathleen Gereg

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  69. Betty Curran

    It’s truly frightening to realize just how criminals can influence those in power who are supposed to be on our side.

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  74. Lily

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  75. Ed Jones

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  76. Kim Keithline

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  77. Melissa Keith

    OMG! I love books about the Mob! New York, Philly, Boston….
    This reminds me of THE ICEMAN by Philip Carlo. Now that was one sick puppy! If you haven’t read it and you can stomach torture and horrible deaths read it. I’d love to read about “The Animal”!!!! Thanks for showing me this because If I don’t win I’ll get it. FUGETABOUIT!

  78. Diane

    Sounds really interesting. I would love to read this book!

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