Fast Times at Marina Bay?

By Alyssa Giacobbe | Boston Magazine |

A quick police check revealed that Robert had a license to carry firearms, and owned a total of four guns, including two Smith & Wesson .45-caliber handguns. A .45-caliber shell casing had been recovered at the scene. Three days after the shooting, Robert turned himself in and gave police permission to search his car. They discovered gunpowder residue as well as a can of triple-action defense spray. At his condo they found the two Smith & Wessons and ammunition that matched the bullet doctors had removed from Joseph Fasano’s upper abdomen at Boston Medical Center. Fasano, who underwent multiple surgeries, remained in the hospital for nearly a week.

Before tracking down Robert, the police had labeled the whole thing a random act of road rage. “I would say this is probably fairly common,” Jeffrey Burrell, a Quincy police lieutenant, told reporters the day after the shooting. “This seems to be the way people drive now.”

THE RAGS-TO-RICHES ascent of William O’Connell and younger brother Peter has become something of a South Shore legend. They came from modest means — their dad was a milkman and their mom worked nights at a factory — and bought their first piece of land in 1958 with $450 that Peter earned from selling newspapers at Quincy’s Fore River Shipyard. In 1969, when William was 30 and Peter 26, the pair cofounded their development company. Their first project was a six-unit apartment building on that original lot.

Over the years, Peter and William O’Connell worked tirelessly and equally hard to class up Quincy, the geographic and socioeconomic pit stop between Dorchester and Braintree. O’Connell Management Company, which in later years grew to include Peter’s sons, Thomas and Robert, developed dozens of high-profile residential and office buildings, including the World Trade Center in Boston; Quincy’s Louisburg Square South; the nationally recognized Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy; and additional properties in Colorado, Florida, and overseas.

The brothers’ signature project, though, was Marina Bay in Quincy, which features restaurants, shops, offices, and the region’s largest private marina. First developed in the ’80s, the place became known as a celebrity haven, the “Nantucket of Boston” — home to boldface residents such as Tom Brady, Chet Curtis, and a host of other media types and athletes, some of whom became close friends with the O’Connells. During Peter’s ill-fated 1989 run for Quincy mayor, his personal friend Ted Kennedy was out there stumping for him. Former Cardinal Bernard Law was reportedly a passenger on an O’Connell family private plane.

Few high-end real estate developers get into the business to make friends, and it’s true that many O’Connell projects have faced opposition from politicians, environmentalists, and various other groups, but the family has for the most part been liked and respected. “They helped build Quincy,” Peter Forman, South Shore Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, has said. “[The family is] very much a part of the community.” As kids, the brothers passed out campaign fliers for Arthur Tobin, a former Quincy mayor who now serves as clerk magistrate of the city’s district court. Former Quincy Mayor Walter Hannon Jr. partnered with the O’Connells in the development of Granite Links. And over the years, the O’Connells have given thousands of dollars to local candidates, including former U.S. Representative William Delahunt (who lives at Marina Bay), former state Treasurer Tim Cahill, and current Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey. The brothers, it seems, were strategic in their donations; their close ties to so many local leaders didn’t exactly hurt their development projects.

  • Christopher

    I’ve worked for large daily press but find that I have much more ability to say what I have to say on my own. I have spoken with Ms. Giacobbe on this matter and look forward to reading her work when I have some down time TH morning!

    Mine is found at KingCast65 YouTube or at KingCast blog just search for the names top left corner, videos court docs and all of that.

  • sunil

    The Porsche never moved. O’Connell opened the door and shot Fasano!

  • MIKE
  • jon

    Oconnells have money they don’t . No matter what u don’t shoot someone. It is a smear campaign . Even if it was a homeless man on the side of a road u don’t shoot someone.

  • lou

    BBy. The time fasano got out ,oconnell could have sped way n been home he was in a porche they were in a jeep

  • SUNIL
  • Danielle

    Everyone is all about the money and will take all they can get to those who are the most giving.

  • sunil
  • sunil
  • sunil
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  • sunil

    Chris King is a convicted felon who worked for the defense team.

  • chris
  • MEHTA

    Per Curiam.  In December 1998, for conduct in January 1996, we suspended Christopher King, now of Dallas, Texas, Attorney Registration No. 0062199, from the practice of law in Ohio for one year, but stayed the suspension on the condition that during that year he be placed on probation and work with a mentor appointed by the relator, Columbus Bar Association.  Columbus Bar Assn. v. King (1998), 84 Ohio St.3d 174, 702 N.E.2d 862.   We also imposed costs of that proceeding on respondent.

  • gurinder

    According to the testimony, King represented Kandy Cantrell in a “slip and
    fall” tort action against her former landlord. In January 1996, King planned to file
    a complaint on Cantrell’s behalf seeking compensation for her injuries arising
    from this alleged tort. On or about January 26, King took Cantrell to Pope’s
    office, where respondents decided that Pope would telephone Cantrell’s former
    landlord to see whether the landlord would slander Cantrell. King and Pope, who
    were friends and had jointly represented another client, also decided to record the
    telephone conversation.

    Pope called the landlord and talked with the landlord’s office manager.
    Pope represented to the office manager that Pope had received a rental application
    from Cantrell. Pope did own an old warehouse building that he planned to
    renovate and lease to commercial and residential tenants. However, the building
    was far from ready for occupancy, Pope did not plan to accept children (Cantrell

  • sachin

    In December 1998, for conduct in January 1996, we suspended Christopher King, now of Dallas, Texas, Attorney Registration No. 0062199, from the practice of law in Ohio for one year, but stayed the suspension on the condition that during that year he be placed on probation and work with a mentor appointed by the relator, Columbus Bar Association.  Columbus Bar Assn. v. King (1998), 84 Ohio St.3d 174, 702 N.E.2d 862.   We also imposed costs of that proceeding on respondent.

  • CHRIS

    Further, it is significant, as to King, that he has demonstrated unacceptable
    behavior in the past. There have been at least four grievances filed with the
    Columbus Bar Association against him, and he has been sanctioned by two judges.

  • JOE

    The Nashua chapter had no knowledge of King’s intervention on Toney’s behalf, nor had any details of Toney’s case, Levesque said. When the NAACP ultimately contacted Toney, he said King had sought him, she said. Levesque said she was not aware of King’s status with the Ohio bar, and that as soon as the Nashua chapter learned of his communication with Jaffrey police he was relieved of his duties.

    King was suspended from the bar in 2001 but the suspension was not imposed so long as he met certain conditions, said Doris Roach, a clerk at the Ohio Supreme Court. However, he did not meet those conditions and was suspended in 2002.

    The New Hampshire Bar Association does not recognize King, and he is not licensed to practice in this state, Dunn said.

    Dunn said he will sue Jaffrey police and the NAACP. “There are a number of people who love to hate me, and I’m not scared of anyone,”King said.