America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to JusticeBook - 2013
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-winning Boston Globe 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.
This unforgettable narrative follows the astonishing career and epic manhunt for Whitey Bulger—a gangster whose life was more sensational than fiction.
Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the criminal career of the gangster who provided a protection racket against drug lords, ran illegal gambling, robbed banks, and served as an informant for the FBI until going into hiding for sixteen years.
Written in narrative style with dialogue, this work for general readers recounts the criminal career of crime boss Whitey Bulger. Bulger's rise from petty crime to FBI informant against the Mafia came as a result of connections through his brother William Bulger, who was a powerful Massachusetts politician. Journalists Cullen and Murphy (the Boston Globe) show how the FBI ignored Bulger's criminal activities, which escalated to numerous killings and running guns to the IRA in Ireland, and highlight the many people who worked to bring him to justice. The authors also probe Bulger the man, describing his family and romantic relationships and his experience as a victim of the CIA's experiments with LSD on prisoners. B&w historical and personal photos are included. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A pair of award-winning Boston Globe reporters describe the crime career of the infamous gangster who masterminded a protection racket against drug lords, ran illegal gambling operations and served as an FBI informant until he went into hiding for sixteen years.
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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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