Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

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Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winningnbsp;Boston Globenbsp;reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey's extraordinary criminal career--from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.It was after a nine-year stint in Alcatraz and other prisons that Whitey reunited with his brother William "Billy" Bulger, who was soon to become one of Massachusetts's most powerful politicians. He also became reacquainted with John Connolly, who had grown up around the corner from the Bulgers and was now--with Billy's help--a rising star at the FBI.Once Whitey emerged triumphant from the bloody Boston gang wars, Connolly recruited him as an informant against the Mafia. Their clandestine relationship made Whitey untouchable; the FBI overlooked gambling, drugs, and even homicide to protect their source. Among the close-knit Irish community in South Boston, nothing was more important than honor and loyalty, and nothing was worse than being a rat. Whitey is charged with the deaths of nineteen people killed over turf, for business, and even for being informants; yet to this day he denies he ever gave up his friends or landed anyone in jail.Based on exclusive access and previously undisclosed documents, Cullen and Murphy explore the truth of the Whitey Bulger story. They reveal for the first time the extent of his two parallel family lives with different women, as well as his lifelong paranoia stemming in part from his experience in the CIA's MKULTRA program. They describe his support of the IRA and his hitherto-unknown role in the Boston busing crisis, and they show a keen understanding of his mindset while on the lam and behind bars. The result is the first full portrait of this legendary criminal figure--a gripping story of wiseguys and cops, horrendous government malfeasance, and a sixteen-year manhunt that climaxed in Whitey's dramatic capture in Santa Monica in June 2011.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton and Company,, [2013].
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780393087727
Characteristics: viii, 478 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps, portraits ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Murphy, Shelley - Author

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SEBoiko
May 28, 2013

Connolly insisted to other agents, and even to his supervisors, Morris and Ring, that Whitey and Flemmi were to be treated not as criminals but, as he put it, associates.

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SEBoiko
May 28, 2013

The war against organized crime in Boston was reaching its climax; and through it all, the FBI and the state police were at war with each other.

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SEBoiko
May 21, 2013

Whitey was able to cement his power precisely because the FBI considered the Mafia the only worth while organized crime target for law enforcement.

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SEBoiko
May 21, 2013

For the FBI, Whitey Bulger the fugitive was Public Embarrassment Number One.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

How could he and Whitey be guilty of the crimes the federal government had charged them with? They had committed those crimes with the permission of the FBI.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

As the clerk magistrate of Boston Juvenile Court, Jack Bulger was a sworn officer or the court. But he didn't hesitate to break the law to help his fugitive brother.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

But Bill Bulger's loyalty to his brother trumped any obligation he might have felt to either the FBI or the public good in general.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

The FBI had been "looking" for John Martorano for sixteen years. The Massachusetts State Police found him in less than a day.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

Bulger loyalists, many owing their jobs to Bill Bulger, clung to the myth that Whitey made their streets safer.

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SEBoiko
May 13, 2013

The resulting propaganda, showing the IRA in bed with Boston criminals, could be much more damaging then losing seven tons of weapons.

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StarGladiator
Jun 16, 2017

Pretty good read - - and explains much. The acting US Attorney in Boston when all this was going down was none other than Robert Mueller III, the same dude who was chief of the crime division at the DoJ during the George H.W. Bush administration, and successfully interdicted the investigation of any BCCI connections to the White House. So Mueller was in Boston when four men were wrongfully jailed for murders committed by Bulger and his bunch, and would later be exonerated and awarded $100 million by a federal court.
And this dude, Mueller, has been recently appointed the special prosecutor?!?!?!?
Mueller needs to be seriously investigated . . .

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binational
Jun 19, 2013

Reads like a novel. The FBI's role in aiding and abetting this serial murderer is a tale of shame that continues to unravel to this day. The FBI is trying to cast this as a case of "one bad apple," but the corruption extended not just to the agent linked to Bulger, but to the Boston bureau chief and others. Only by the FBI accepting - or being forced to accept - full responsibility, will there be any effective deterrent to further corruption. Powerful police agencies need to be accountable.

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taprootpdx
Mar 01, 2013

Steve Flemmi; (Bulger's companion and also a murderer) I knew him in grade school in Boston (Roxbury)
he was never a bully in my experience, but no one messed with Steve; I lost track of him after the 8th grade. He was very handsome, and the girls and teachers were mad about him.
He is one of those people that I
would not have expected to end up this way. He did me a favor once, saved me from getting beat up badly. I thought his name was Flemming, not Flemmi, but it's the same person.
John McWilliams

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