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Brian McGrory

A crime then, and now

If exhaustion had a look, if fear had a face, it would be that of Shirley Simmons as she slowly settled into a threadbare living room chair, gazed out the streaked picture window at a yard covered with last autumn’s leaves, and struggled to hold back tears.

Most people have never heard of Shirley Simmons, which is frustrating because of all she’s done for Boston over many, many years. The owners of the new minimansions sprouting around her faded single-story ranch in Milton probably have no idea who she is.

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