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Fun-loving group mixes tradition with levity in Dedham

DEDHAM — What do Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Billy Carter have in common?

They’re each on the membership rolls of The Society in Dedham for Apprehending Horse Thieves, an unlikely confraternity of characters — some long departed — that gather on the first Tuesday in December each year for the sole purpose of purposeless levity.

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