When her editor described four murdered women as “nobodies,” she thought, “That was what made them so interesting . . . sisters in anonymity, like all of us.”

Women like Loretta McLaughlin made life in the newsroom much easier for those who came after. And for those we covered.

By Bryan Marquard Globe Staff  November 25, 2018

It was the fourth murder “that galvanized my attention,” Loretta McLaughlin would later recall while writing about Boston’s stifling summer of 1962. She sensed the deaths were connected and wanted to write more than a single newspaper story.

Journalist Loretta McLaughlin
1929-2018

“An editor disputed the worth of a series on the four dead women, noting that they were ‘nobodies,’ ” she wrote in the Globe 30 years later. “That was it exactly, I felt. Why should anyone murder four obscure women. That was what made them so interesting . . . sisters in anonymity, like all of us.”


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