Back In The Day, This Quiet Massachusetts Town Was A Mafia Mecca

Though Boston gets most of the limelight when it comes to mafia dealings, one place outside the city has its own sordid past. The Winter Hill Gang operated out of Somerville in the 1960s and 1970s. Also known as the Winter Hill Mafia, it was one of Massachusetts’ most notorious organized crime groups.

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Today, Somerville is a vibrant community of students, young professionals and families. It’s hard to believe that the up-and-coming city was once the central node of a national crime group, but the Winter Hill Gang’s legacy has yet to fade from the memory of longtime Somerville locals.

For more hidden Massachusetts history, check out this list of horrifying Bay State stories you didn’t learn in history class.