The White Devil of Chinatown grew up in Dorchester

Dot Rat recounts growing up with John Willis, the white leader of a Chinatown gambling ring, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison last week:

I knew him as Johnny, he lived four triple deckers down and attended the Murphy School with me. Johnny Willis was a barrel chested kid and very big for his age. He was a gifted hockey goalie that even the older kids seemed to get along with because of his prowess between the pipes. ... Even way back then Johnny showed an interest in Chinese culture. His bedroom was covered in Bruce Lee posters and you could always catch him at the Puritan Theater next to Lamberts watching double matinees when the Kung Fu flics were on tap.

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