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Adrian Walker

Questioning the price of solitary confinement

Growing up in the old West End in the 1950s, Bobby Dellelo mastered stealing cars before he knew how to drive one.

Trouble found him early. He graduated from routine burglaries as a teenager to more sophisticated robberies. During one appalling episode, he and a friend attempted to rob a liquor store in Dorchester. They marched the store’s customers, at gunpoint, into a freezer. As other customers arrived, they put them in the freezer, too. Then they took the money and ran.

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