A bit of local Mafia history

Kathleen Lévesque shows us a glimpse of local Mafia history with the 1973 inquiry into organized crime and its failure to effect any change. The inquiry revealed that some bank branches were complicit in money laundering, and yet there’s no mention of any penalties that followed.

Another interesting morsel is that one of the mobsters named in the piece was involved in fundraising for Line Beauchamp in 2009. Beauchamp’s been in the news this weekend after a weepy interview with Denise Bombardier in the Journal (this effective sniping by Metro’s Judith Lussier echoes similar responses I’ve seen on Twitter and Facebook).