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The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, And Boston’s Struggle For Justice

Presented by Massachusetts Historical Society at Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston MA

Feb 23 2022
The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, And Boston’s Struggle For Justice

At the end of the 1976 football season, more than forty Harvard athletes went to Boston's red light district to celebrate. In the city's adult entertainment district, drugs and prostitution ran rampant, violent crime was commonplace, and corrupt police turned the other way. At the end of the night, Italian American star athlete Andy Puopolo, raised in the city's North End, was murdered in a stabbing. Three African American men were accused of the crime. His murder made national news and led to

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