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Criminals, Police & Other Felons…

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.

James "Whitey" Bulger 1953...

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.

Coincidentally, doing his time at Butner Low FCI, NC, Connolly will be released in a few days (June 28th), I presume to a halfway house in Boston. One might expect that we’ll be hearing more from John.

A number of police, local, state and some ten other FBI agents, were also involved in facilitating Whitey’s activities, including the lead federal prosecutor for the organized-crime strike force in Boston, Jeremiah T. O’Sullivan.

FBI Agent John Connolly...

Special Agent Connolly’s boss of the Boston FBI was Special-Agent-in-Charge John M. Morris. Morris flipped early when accused himself with corruption and accepting bribes. In return for his testimony, he was granted immunity from prosecution. That’s how they play that game.

Basically, the genesis of the whole arrangement came right from the top of the FBI. Washington was so intense on getting high-profile headline cases against the Mafia back in the 1970s and ‘80s, that they recruited Whitey Bulger, part of another mob group. He fed the FBI what they needed.

In return, the local FBI gave him carte blanche to run his own criminal group, the Winter Hill Gang. By 1988, Whitey had eliminated practically all of his competition and was running all the New England rackets.

These included extortion, loansharking, bookmaking, truck hijackings and arms trafficking. He was also central to the distribution of reefer and cocaine. Hard to fail when your partners are the police.

The FBI and others fed Whitey information on both his competition and impending police raids and activities. Whitey was eventually credited with over 19 murders himself.

He was eventually indicted back in ’94 by a NY-based taskforce directly appointed by USAG Janet Reno, which cut out the local police and FBI.

At 81 and reportedly in fragile health, I doubt that many in the Bureau and elsewhere truly wanted Whitey to be taken alive.

I expect we can look forward to either hearing a lot more from Whitey, or more deals coming down the pike…

Dr. Publico


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  1. […] crime organizations, they often befriend one to snitch out and compete with the others. The recent Whitey Bulger case is one of the more egregious […]

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