America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to JusticeeBook - 2013
"This is the definitive story of Whitey Bulger…a masterwork of reporting." —Michael Connelly, best-selling author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye
A New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Boston Globe Bestseller
An instant classic, this unforgettable narrative, rich with family ties and intrigue, follows the astonishing career of a gangster whose life was more sensational than fiction. Cullen and Murphy have broken more Bulger stories than anyone, and Whitey Bulger became front-page news, revealing the mobster's secret letters written from Plymouth Jail after the sixteen-year manhunt that led to his capture and offering unparalleled insight into his contradictions and complex personality. The afterword covering the results of the dramatic and emotional trial provides a riveting denouement to this "eminently fair and thorough telling of a life, which makes it all the more damning" (Boston Globe).
Baker & Taylor
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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