Murder of Lowell bookie Jackie McDerm...

Murder of Lowell bookie Jackie McDermott touched the life of a ...

There are 348 comments on the Lowell Sun story from May 18, 2008, titled Murder of Lowell bookie Jackie McDermott touched the life of a .... In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Article Last Updated: 05/18/2008 07:01:43 AM EDT Jackie McDermott, the Lowell bookie killed by Billy Barnoski in May 1988.

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Jacqueline Boucher

Champlin, MN

#43 May 19, 2008
Hi Cookie, yes i do remember you but none of us look the same after all these years , thank you so much for your kind words and your support , it means a great deal to me and the kids. I hope that my Dads real friends do remember the truley wonderful guy he was, and all the people he did help through his life. I guess the Lowell Scum doesn't want it out there that my father actually had a REAL JOB TOO, That as a pressman for the dirt rag that Frank needs to learn about . There are so many lies and non truths out there about my family that it makes me want to scream sometimes, but in the end I know that my father was a GREAT MAN, in more ways than anybody will ever know. There are people postng stuff to this site in which they either really don't know the truth, or they are ignorant, but someday, I'll set the story straight and the truth will be told, without the lies of my brother or some dirty old copThanks again for your support, keep in touch, I'D Love to catch up with you and dish on the 70's and life.
Jacqueline Boucher

Champlin, MN

#44 May 19, 2008
A Spade is a Spade wrote:
The fact is, McDermott was a dirt bag. Committing crimes at the street level on up through politics.
If he hadn't been executed by the mob, we would have been paying his bills as taxpayers, to house him in prison.
Shame on Jackie for outting his family, his children through this life.
No love lost here for a clunker.
You must be Donna's neighbor, it figures.
Jacqueline Boucher

Champlin, MN

#45 May 19, 2008
LOWELL DUDE wrote:
A movie wouldn't work. A book would be more appropriate.
I totaly agree' a book would be better than a movie, let the truth be told without a bunch of wannabees trying to make a buck off the dead, let my Father rest in peace, and may the truth someday be told. Aa buck of the dead
OG Frank

North Reading, MA

#46 May 19, 2008
LOVE THIS COUNTRY wrote:
<quoted text>Your comment really has nothing to do with his family ..it is not like they had a choice! His daughter grew up to be a wonderful women That I know She could have gone the other way but she didn't
By no means am I blaming or trying to blame his family for what happened. I realize they didn't have a choice. I'm sure he was a loving father, I'm sure his daughter is great, I don't know her, but I'll take your word for it.
My response was to this statement:

"It took 1 dirty cop, 1 idiot brother, and one very dangerous man [Barnowski], to ruin a family for life. "

My point was, in reality, it took Jack having a life of crime to ruin a family. If his ONLY job was legal this wouldn't have happened.

Also I see no reason for the Sun to even print this story.
Jacqueline Boucher

Champlin, MN

#47 May 19, 2008
Dear Frank,You don't know my family, you obviously did not know Jack McDermott very either, you only believe what you read in the Lowell Scum, My Father also owned numerous estableshments in the city of Lowell and outside the area, but it was because of DIRTY COPS and POLITICIANS THAT MY FATHER GOT PUT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. You don't know the truth , you werent there I was, I was born into the LIFE, the Celtic Club, all the other bars in the city , that was were I grew up, so don't you ever even try to say you know my family because your wrong. John R. Jackie McDermott was one hell of a guy, one that his real friends will always remember.
Jacqueline Boucher

Champlin, MN

#48 May 19, 2008
bill m deland FL wrote:
Jack McDermott was a great guy to know, especially if you were from the Highlands. Both his children were normal, down to earth people, and would do anything for you. That this story still is important to people 20 years later proves what a legendary figure Jack was in the history of Lowell. His untimely Hpassing truly marked the end of an era.
Hi Billy, don't know if you've been on here [site] since you wrote' but hey kid thanks for the wonderful things you said about my Dad and me. As far as Peter goes, he's been brainwashed by the dirty cops that still have blood on thier hands for my fathers death, Peter has always had to live off my fathers name and clout, but with that gone all he's got is lies to live off. Billy ,thank you again for the heartfelt blogg, we've been friends for such a long time, I'm so grateful for people like you that know the truth and keep the REAL Jack McDermott alive,my Mother says Hi and says she remembers you from the Press Club, she sends her Love, as do I and my children.
Observer

Walpole, MA

#50 May 19, 2008
When I was a kid I lived in Pleasant St, High St, Concord St, Perry St area in Lowell and I knew two young guys named Jackie McDermott and Billy Barnowski that lived in the same neighborhood. I'm just wondering if these are the same two people. Billy had the curly blond hair and Jack was always happy and gave me a big hello whenever I saw him. They were older than me and this was 50 to 55 years ago.
Acre

Boston, MA

#51 May 19, 2008
The guy was a lawbreaker! Whats the matter with you people? And,why is this news today?
Tom the Frog

Braintree, MA

#52 May 19, 2008
Murph-Wolfeboro NH wrote:
Growing up in Lowell, my brothers and I knew Jack McDermott. He was one of the funniest men I had ever met. As I got into my 20s I learned he was one tough cookie. I imagine there are still a lot of us around that can tell Jack McDermott stories, not all of them funny, but interesting, to be sure.
Some I have in a journal. Maybe, someday, i'll share them.
Do you know the one about certain people being in a clothing store in Lowell "after hours", and standing in the displays and pretending to be mannaquins as the police searched the store ? They got away with it too !
lol
Thats my favorite.
lowell scum

Leominster, MA

#53 May 19, 2008
jackie made his path not the dirty cops,politians or the idiot brother and any one is dangerous with a gun.
lowell scum

Leominster, MA

#54 May 19, 2008
god bless the family
lowell scum

Leominster, MA

#55 May 19, 2008
may he rest in peace.. im sure he was a very good man ..god bless all.
OG Frank

North Reading, MA

#56 May 20, 2008
Was he a bookie or not?
Did he make a living breaking the law?
Did that ultimately cost him his life?
Anonymous

Southborough, MA

#57 May 20, 2008
This was twenty years ago...Let's let it all go...No use opening old wounds.

Since: Mar 08

Dracut, MA

#58 May 20, 2008
OG Frank wrote:
Was he a bookie or not?
Did he make a living breaking the law?
Did that ultimately cost him his life?
YES
YES
YES however he was stil a dad to some people
would you like people taking bad about your Dad? reguardless what he did ..his daughter still has to live with it.
Murph-Wolfeboro NH

Wolfeboro, NH

#59 May 20, 2008
Tom the Frog wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you know the one about certain people being in a clothing store in Lowell "after hours", and standing in the displays and pretending to be mannaquins as the police searched the store ? They got away with it too !
lol
Thats my favorite.
Tom, You have just cracked me up. I was one of the mannequins. We were trying to get even with Elmer, because he had been entertaining his pals after hours in the Celtic Club, without Jack's knowledge or permission. One night we decided to even the score and sneak downstairs. As we were "acquiring the "swag", a beat cop came along and shone his light in the window. One of us was actually in the window. We all froze, and soon there were a number of Officers on the case, so to speak.
I can't tell you the actual outcome, however, as I must protect the, um, innocent. If you could have seen Jack McDermott pretending to be a mannequin, you would have wet yourself laughing. I nearly did.
OG Frank

North Reading, MA

#60 May 20, 2008
LOVE THIS COUNTRY wrote:
<quoted text>
YES
YES
YES however he was stil a dad to some people
would you like people taking bad about your Dad? reguardless what he did ..his daughter still has to live with it.
First, I didn't speak bad about his fathering skills, I actually said the opposite. I said I'm sure he loved his daughter. What I took issue with is blaming everybody else for the situation.
Second, my father did not lead a life of crime so if people called him a criminal they'd be wrong.
Point out somewhere I was wrong and I'll apologize.
none of your business

Milford, MA

#61 May 20, 2008
Cookie, do you have a brother Jimmy??
ReadBetweenTheLi nes

Fitchburg, MA

#62 May 20, 2008
OG Frank wrote:
<quoted text>
By no means am I blaming or trying to blame his family for what happened. I realize they didn't have a choice. I'm sure he was a loving father, I'm sure his daughter is great, I don't know her, but I'll take your word for it.
My response was to this statement:
"It took 1 dirty cop, 1 idiot brother, and one very dangerous man [Barnowski], to ruin a family for life. "
My point was, in reality, it took Jack having a life of crime to ruin a family. If his ONLY job was legal this wouldn't have happened.
Also I see no reason for the Sun to even print this story.
Glamourizing the "Organized" life is what it is. Now some wise kid out there thinks it okay for him to live this lifestyle. Imagine if it was a Latin or even Asian guy. The readers would have a field day with that one. And i love the part how he says it was Robin Hood we say the same thing but thats not okay. And to top it of theres that ending,Only white or black lines, no inbetweens, either your good or bad.

What was the poit of that article again ???

Since: Mar 08

Dracut, MA

#63 May 20, 2008
OG Frank wrote:
<quoted text>
First, I didn't speak bad about his fathering skills, I actually said the opposite. I said I'm sure he loved his daughter. What I took issue with is blaming everybody else for the situation.
Second, my father did not lead a life of crime so if people called him a criminal they'd be wrong.
Point out somewhere I was wrong and I'll apologize.
No need to apologize My point I guess is this happened 20 years ago ...this family already went thur this so why write about it again. MaryLou lost her dad that day and years later lost the love of her life (her husband) Timing is everything I guess.. It is human to want to out the pain and most will defend their family to the HILT! I was not calling you out on this I just think that nothing positive will be gained here!Sorry if you thought I was picking on you

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