"Mobsters & Lobsters" Tour Offers A Look Into Boston's Criminal Underworld

Photo: WBZ NewsRadio / Matt Shearer

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — If you love criminal films and seafood, then a Boston tour that combines the two may be the thing for you to do.

"Mobsters & Lobsters" takes tourists around Beantown for a trolley tour that visits sites of historic heists, mobster hideouts, and concludes with a lobster dinner. WBZ's Matt Shearer spoke to Mobsters & Lobsters Owner and Tour Guide Tom Collins about his passion for Boston's criminal underworld as kid from Southie.

"I grew up during the whole Whitey Bulger 'reign of terror' stuff. It was always sorta kinda in the back of my mind- I dreamed of being a gangster, the only issue was I didn't want to go to jail and I didn't want to die," Collins said.

So as a happy medium of sorts, Collins went down a different path, and brings people to notorious locations around Boston to teach customers about its history with organized crime.

"Sometimes I get emotional when I talk about it- I'm so lucky to have the job that I have. There's not one day that I've gone to work that I felt like I didn't want to go to work. I wake up excited that I have a tour that day," Collins said.

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As the trolley passed the Paramount Deli, Collins pointed out the window above as where the notorious Boston Strangler killed his last victim and said that if the murderer was a young person at the time of their crimes, they could still be walking the streets of Boston to this day.

According to the tour's website, each group is given a traditional New England lobster lunch or dinner from one of Boston's finest waterfront restaurants, with alternate menu options available.

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports.

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