Editor’s note: This story ran in the Globe Magazine on Aug. 16, 1987. Richie Zirpolo was crazy. I mean crazy. There he was, 4 o’clock in the morning, an ax in his hand, chasing a rooster around the nearly deserted grounds of a condominium complex in North Conway, New Hampshire. All because he wanted some tequila. Billy DeVincenzi had had it. You can freebase cocaine only so much. Three days of basin’ was enough. He had crashed.
Every time I think I’ve written about Billy DeVincenzi for the last time, something pops up. This time it was a body. Billy grew up in East Boston, admiring gangsters and thieves the way other kids look up to baseball players. He never aspired to join the Mafia because he couldn’t see the point of doing crime and handing over the proceeds to some old guy who sat around drinking espresso and playing cards. Billy bought his first stolen car when he was 15.
Not long after noon on Wednesday, Dan Rivera climbed into his Ford Explorer and pulled out of the parking lot next to Lawrence City Hall. Rivera is the mayor of Lawrence. Some mayors have cops as drivers, but Lawrence needs every available cop on the street. Rivera drives himself. “Let’s go to the bridge,” he said, almost to himself. “Under the bridge.”The Casey Bridge spans the Merrimack River in the old mill city.
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Selecting a term
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