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The Boston Globe


Kevin Cullen

Speaking for a dead sister

It has become a somber ritual, every five years, a ritual that Hilary Troia and her sisters Lauren and Robin dread but which they observe faithfully because they have to.

Every five years, John Tammaro comes up for parole, and every five years Hilary Troia and her sisters drive out to the squat office building off Route 9 in Natick where they hold parole hearings and speak for the one sister who can’t speak for herself.

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