I got a real chuckle over watching the “news” on General Electric’s NBC the other day. They announced the apprehension of Whitey Bulger (81), one the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted after 16 years of being on the lam. I’ll have to admit, I was surprised.
Having known several of Whitey Bulger’s associates in prison and following the news of the time, I was quite aware of his history as an informant/protégé of the FBI and other police agencies, and how they created him as a mob boss.
NBC, ever more following in the tabloid/profit-driven steps of News Corp (Rupert Murdoch), was true to form in leaving out all of the more salient facts of Whitey’s and the FBI’s history.
Whitey’s central partner in the FBI was Special Agent John Connolly (now 70). John grew up in the same South Boston neighborhood and knew Whitey. Connolly would later be convicted himself for his role with Whitey’s mob and sent to federal prison for 10 years. more…