America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to JusticeBook - 2013
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 untouchab≤ 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.
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Award-winning Boston Globe reporters chronicle the life and times of notorious Mafioso turned informant for the FBI.
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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.
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.
Whitey was able to cement his power precisely because the FBI considered the Mafia the only worth while organized crime target for law enforcement.
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.
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.
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.
The FBI had been "looking" for John Martorano for sixteen years. The Massachusetts State Police found him in less than a day.
Bulger loyalists, many owing their jobs to Bill Bulger, clung to the myth that Whitey made their streets safer.
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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