On June 28, 1978, five men died in the cramped basement office of the Blackfriars Pub. Gangland-style executions were pub manager John A. "Jack" Kelly, a former local television reporter; Blackfriars owner Vincent E. Solmonte of Quincy; Peter F. Meroth of Jamaica Plain; Charles G. Magarian of North Andover, and Freddy R. Delavega of Somerville. Two men, Robert Italiano of Revere and William N. Ierardi of Lynn, were tried for the crime in 1979 and were acquitted. Blackfriars is gone, replaced by a row of stores that includes a Copy Cop and a Dunkin Donuts.
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