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Lecture: 'The Unholy Murder of Ash Wednesday'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:00pm
Ridge Great Room, Mercyhurst North East

Legendary Erie detective Sgt. Dominick DiPaolo offers a guided tour of the underbelly of the local criminal community in a presentation titled “The Unholy Murder of Ash Wednesday.” His talk on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Ridge Great Room on the North East campus is part of the North East Cultural Series. The story focuses on the 1983 gangland murder of Frank “Bolo” Dovishaw, known as “Ash Wednesday” because of a distinctive birthmark in the middle of his forehead. But it’s also about dirty cops, hit men, drug dealers, crooked lawyers and arsonists who, in order to save themselves, abandon the sacred code of Omerta and bring their secret world into the stark reality of daylight. DiPaolo’s book about the case, as told to reporter Jeff Pinski, is among the most talked-about books in Erie history. For more information about the event, contact Patti Sullivan, 725-6277.