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Greatest hits: A mob guide to Boston

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Globe Staff / October 2, 2003

Tourists and newcomers may only know Boston for its bookish college students, Brahmin history, and Big Dig traffic, but locals can attest to the darker landmarks that lurk just beneath our city's historic landscape and seemingly innocent surface.

Throughout the years, mobsters have etched their place in local lore through murders, indictments, illegal gambling, loansharking, and drugs. Scattered around Boston's neighborhoods are places where deals were made, people killed, and bodies unearthed. The following sites are not on the Freedom Trail. If anything, these places are part of Boston's underworld; a walk down a lane of memories paved by reputed gangsters with nicknames like Specs, the Rifleman, and Whitey.

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