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Infamous mafia induction  makes history

By Shelley Murphy

Mobsters from throughout New England gathered at a modest home in Medford on Oct. 29, 1989, to baptize four new soldiers, who pricked their trigger fingers, burned Holy cards and vowed to kill for the Mafia — unaware that the FBI was recording every word.

New England Mafia Boss Raymond “Junior” Patriarca said he had made peace with a renegade faction that had recently killed the family underboss in Connecticut and wounded another mobster in a shooting outside a Saugus pancake house. It was 25 years ago Wednesday.

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Boston Globe