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James Bratsos

Missing Person Case September 2021

Bratsos, approximately 1954

Date reported missing : 03/21/1954

Missing location (approx) :
Boston, Massachusetts
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 28 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 175 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Bratsos has a scar on his forehead. His nickname is Jimmy.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Bratsos was last seen in Boston, Massachusetts on March 21, 1954. He told his family he was meeting with an associate, Larry Biaone, to collect some money owed to him. He has never been heard from again.
Bratsos was involved in racketeering and other organized crime activities. In 1951, while awaiting trial for burglary, he survived an alleged assassination attempt by three men who knocked on the door of his apartment and shot him when he answered. Bratsos was wounded in the foot and shot back, injuring one of his assailants.
The suspects were quickly arrested. Bratsos requested police protection after the incident, saying he believed his life was in danger.
After his disappearance, rumors circulated that Bratsos was drugged in a bar in the Syrian Town section of Boston (now the China Town section), shot to death and buried either in New Hampshire or at a Stoughton, Massachusetts pig farm owned by Biaone's relatives.
None of the stories have been verified and no one has been charged in Bratos's case; it remains unsolved. His brother was also involved in organized crime and was the victim of a mob-related slaying in 1966, twelve years after Bratsos disappeared.

Other information and links : ncy

Boston Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

The Doe Network
The Lowell Sun
The Nashua Telegraph

October 12, 2004. July 23, 2011; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.