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The Needham job

When three men robbed the Needham Trust Co. on Feb. 2, 1934, the aftermath was chilling: two beloved police officers killed in the first machine-gun murders in the state, and two other men injured.

The community hadn’t had a murder in years, said Gloria Polizzotti Greis, the Needham Historical Society’s executive director, and the loss hit it hard. “That was a big chunk of the police force. It was a small town, and with these guys being on the street all the time, they were very familiar to everybody.”

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