THE LONG WAY HOME: A Journey from South Boston to Redemption
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Category: Autobiography & Biography
Available: April 2014
The work is the story of my life and the many personal and social mores that shaped it. My goal was to relate only events in which I participated or witnessed firsthand and for the most part I think I met the objective.
The narrative details my early innocent years, my fall from grace and the gang that I ran with who eventually were involved in the Irish gang war of the sixties. It pictures life in the South Boston of the 1950’s and 1960’s with all of its values and foibles. It speaks of the many friends who were killed because of their gangster life style or in Viet Nam.
I write of my break from the corner and of twenty years in the corporate world followed by a “mid-life” crisis, a return to South Boston and my purchase of a retail liquor store from “Whitey”Bulger. These years were the worst of my life with many legal problems along with great scrutiny from law enforcement, a divorce, bankruptcy, situations when I feared for my life, self medication with alcohol and many Grand Jury appearances.
The final three chapters relate my commitment to Christ and the difference He has made in my life.
I grew up in South Boston. a neighborhood of Boston in the 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s. It was a time of corner gangs whose main interests were sports, fighting and drinking.
As I look back on those times I could graph the gradual decline of my moral compass. My early years were spent trying to do the right thing. I was a straight “A” student and my conscience dictated my actions. I attended Boston Latin School and because of my grades I was accepted without taking the entrance exam. Unfortunately, good kids don’t have many friends and I finally gave in to the peer pressure and joined a corner gang leading to increased violence and petty crime.
I married early at nineteen and when my son was born I moved to the suburbs in order to get my son as far away from my life on the corner as possible. I got a job at the Gillette Company, went to Northeastern University at night and managed an accounting department for about 20 years.
I went through the clichéd “mid life” crisis, separated from wife and purchased a retail liquor store from the infamous “Whitey Bulger”. I remained there for twenty years and was constantly under suspicion by law enforcement because of my relationship with Bulger. They were the worst years of my life but everything changed when I turned to Christ.