- Around the 1860's, an influx of Irish immigrants arrived in Charlestown. The neighborhood remained an Irish stronghold in the cultural, economic, and Catholic tradition.
- Throughout the 1960s until the middle 1990s, Charlestown was infamous for its Irish Mob Presence.
- Charlestown's McLaughlin Brothers were involved in a gang war with neighboring Somerville's Winter Hill Gang, during the Irish Mob Wars of the 1960s.
- On a summer night in 1992, George Sargent, 43, was shot to death outside a pizza parlor in Charlestown, Massachusetts. A few days earlier, he had provided information to police concerning criminal dealings in the neighborhood. As he lay dead on the sidewalk, no one called the police, and no one admitted to seeing the shooting. This response to the murder was typical in Charlestown. Members of the community were unwilling to share information that would facilitate homicide investigations because of their reliance on vigilante justice, fear of retaliation by criminals, and anti-police sentiment. This is known as the code of silence.
This unspoken “code of silence” made homicide investigations extremely difficult. Between 1975 and 1992, Charlestown experienced 49 murders, 33 of which were not solved. The community was being overrun by the “Irish Mob,” a group of violent career criminals who ran a major PCP and cocaine distribution center. Because intimidated citizens upheld the code of silence, these drug traffickers were able to operate with virtual impunity.
The best part of the film was trying to recognize all the places were the filming took place. Especially fun was recognizing the florist, which is around the corner from my place of employment. Many other sites were familiar as well. Other than that, the movie was, as my late husband used to say, better than a nail in the foot. I give it a B-. Mostly because Jeremy Renner was so good.