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The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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Along with 2 others, a must read! Here is a case that may shed light on what can happen to someone who might have been a child of one of the players in this case unbeknownst to them: 1)In 1995, when Bulger fled, the man was fired from his job which held great promise ...
Along with 2 others, a must read! Here is a case that may shed light on what can happen to someone who might have been a child of one of the players in this case unbeknownst to them: 1)In 1995, when Bulger fled, the man was fired from his job which held great promise 2)The man's cars showed evidence of tampering sporadically since Bulger has fled,as if trying to jeopardize his livelihood by rendering him immobile 3)Employment doors closed en masse for the man,as if some powerful forces put the word out not to hire him, or put his name and vitals into some derogatory database for the purpose of foiling efforts to secure employment or better employment 4)The man after 2) and 3), became functionally homeless and unstable,affecting the ability to become a registered voter and whose social security benefits were affected by long term unemployment and underemployment 5) the man was blamed for the fallout in the Bulger case and antagonized by forces which alternately self-described as Republican or Democrat( as if to make man hate one group or other) 6)The man appeared to be shuffled to employers with government contracts in which the man was continually monitored and manipulated during increasing or decreasing media attention on this case(pretense photos showing the man with coworkers and smiling were staged to offset the real harassment going on) such monitoring continued beyond the workplace and apparently engendered befriending for the purpose of gaining trust and therefore information useful to harm him later (after each such contact, the befriender repeatedly making 'bathroom runs and such' as if to reload tapes or make calls conveying potential useful damaging information) 7)Standard law enforcement remedies appeared ineffective in deterring the manipulation 8)Apparently a variety of stratagems were brought to bear to monitor the man's communications,foiling employment searches(to offset this assertion, fake employment inquiries were placed into voicemails and emails to give the illusion of opportunity and to suggest man was refusing opportunities,not being blocked from them) 9)The man was invited on numerous job interviews,led on to be hopeful, then dropped(as if to say 'Ha,Ha, this is a great job-- but you can't have it') 10)The man was introduced to several individuals who after a befriending period announced some connection to the FBI immediately preceding a loss of job for the man or a sudden emotionally charged breakup of a heterosexual relationship(as if to say:'you're being screwed, courtesy of the FBI') 11)Longtime friends suddenly abandoned the man 12) Was all of this an attempt to induce a breakdown or suicidal attempt of the man such as befell the Barrett brothers or State Trooper Johnson? Inducement by financial,employment,emotional and spiritual trauma?

posted by Anonymous on March 29, 2007

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Very worthwhile tale of corruption and crime in Boston

The author wrote a good trip though the gangs of South Boston, up to the 1990s. The story is detailed a chilling, and probably a must read for local Boston readers. The book suffers from editing and author flaws - a lot, especially the first part, is name dropping of ...
The author wrote a good trip though the gangs of South Boston, up to the 1990s. The story is detailed a chilling, and probably a must read for local Boston readers. The book suffers from editing and author flaws - a lot, especially the first part, is name dropping of criminals and 'war stories.' The focus on the Bulgers comes later. It might have been cleaner and more readable to drop material only distantly related to the title. The ending chapter seems written almost in a vacuum from the rest of the book, with a change in style and repetition of earlier material. Also, readers can sometimes almost feel the spittle from the author of almost fanatical hatred for many, many people. Readers who follow the author's talk show or see him on TV won't be surprised. After slogging through all of that, this is a very good book for illuminating a dark corner. You can't read it without wondering how such corruption could exist and how a group of sadistic murderers (Carr correctly uses the term serial killer elsewhere) thrived for so long. In the case of Jim "Whitey" Bulger, possibly to today.

posted by Variety_Reader on December 26, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2008

    Very worthwhile tale of corruption and crime in Boston

    The author wrote a good trip though the gangs of South Boston, up to the 1990s. The story is detailed a chilling, and probably a must read for local Boston readers. The book suffers from editing and author flaws - a lot, especially the first part, is name dropping of criminals and 'war stories.' The focus on the Bulgers comes later. It might have been cleaner and more readable to drop material only distantly related to the title. The ending chapter seems written almost in a vacuum from the rest of the book, with a change in style and repetition of earlier material. Also, readers can sometimes almost feel the spittle from the author of almost fanatical hatred for many, many people. Readers who follow the author's talk show or see him on TV won't be surprised. After slogging through all of that, this is a very good book for illuminating a dark corner. You can't read it without wondering how such corruption could exist and how a group of sadistic murderers (Carr correctly uses the term serial killer elsewhere) thrived for so long. In the case of Jim "Whitey" Bulger, possibly to today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    The Bulger Family touches everyone!

    I really enjoyed the book. Howie Carr was interviewed on The Bob Edwards' Show and some of his stories immediately caught my attention to the book. I bought the book that Friday and finished it over the weekend. One aspect of the Brothers was that they impacted more lives and policy than just in Massachusetts. One has to wonder which brother is the most dangerous?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    To good to be truth

    This book shows a number of things: 1. The is a fine line between a 'good' thief and a 'bad' thief. 2. The FBI's reputation is now blemished. 3. Corruption comes in all forms and places..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    awesome book

    I've read several crime expose- this book attacks the heart of the dysfunctional law enforcement culture in Boston in the 80's-90's. It is amazing- you had a SERIAL KILLER operating with impunity, while his brother,who not only ran the senate- and Bill (Jack Daniels) Weld, but also the house (v.piro-was the whip). Hollywood could never write such a script

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Biased, filled with evident exaggerations & untruths... terr

    Biased, filled with evident exaggerations & untruths... terrible read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Fascinating!

    Worth your time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Howie Carr, who for a long time hounded the Bulger Brother's pr


    Howie Carr, who for a long time hounded the Bulger Brother's presents an interesting and entangled story of corruption in this journalistic piece.

    J.R. Locke Author of Possible Twenty, a Gangster Tale

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    How is someone who a toddler when this all began held to be acco

    How is someone who a toddler when this all began held to be accountable for it?
    In 1993-94, Ken Grant of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, now a Home Depot employee, wrote a book entitled "The Wanderer" ,detailing his experiences as an abandoned and abused boy bouncing around in state child care. He wrote the book not as an expose but to help society as a whole understand better the plight of unwanted youth. In 1995 the book was made into a movie script by Ken at the request of some friends of Marty Bauer( who were his foster parents at one time). owner of United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills,California. Over the ne3xt 2 years the fate of the script and book remain a mystery but it has been speculated that an option was purchased on the script and this knowledge kept from Ken.Following the script and unpublished manuscript going to Hollywood, a massive discrediting and harassment campaign began against Ken to discredit his claims of how kids are treated when unwanted in America. This even involved a New Hampshire campaign organizer for Obama.It is said govermnet personnel began a massive discrediting campaign over embarassment by America in its treatment of the unwanted. Ken became a major target simply for trying to help enlighten others on strengths and weaknesses in the system and by highlighting individuals who shine despite a system which often ties their hands. A few years after the book and script began circulating,Ken was accused of causing the massive fallout in the Whitey Bulger case which has taken place. In his book and script names of people were changed to retain the subsistence of the story while protecting privacy of those involved. Ken was invited by Dr. John Calicchia of Bridgewater State college to discuss portions of his unpublished manuscript to graduate students after a portion of the manuscript was given to the students prior to the lecture ( it appears Ken might not know what was actually passed out to the students beforehand).
    So why would Ken be associated with the Whitey Bulger case? Why would Ken be invited to lecture students then suddenly become persona non grata? Why would a Democratic campaign manager in New Hampshire with ties to Jeanne Shaheen,Mike Dukakis,Jimmy Carter,Obama, Gary Hart Pinkerton Academy and many more be involved in a discrediting campaign against someone who simply tried to tell the world that unwanted kids need their help and love? Here is a guy who, without family support of any kind spent 18 years going to college nights working 70-105 hours per week to get a degree, who by age 20 had paid $30,000 in rent and who posed little financial burden from age16 onward.Here is a guy who was forced to break granite boulders 5 feet tall and with a 10-15 foot circumference with a sledgehammer 10-14 hours per day in the hot summer sun at a hard labor camp sponsored by the Dept. of Social Services because he simply had no family to go and nowhere else to place him. Here is a guy who at age 16 was assessed by state subcontractors and recommended for college immediately who 'fell between the cracks'. And this is what happened to someone who tried to make a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    I was looking for customer reviews on this book. NOT the crap I

    I was looking for customer reviews on this book. NOT the crap I found here by someone who has multiple postings, using different names to repeatably write about (their) paranoid conspiracy theories involving some man's thwarted employment experiences. This person has also deliberately targeted other books blasting them with the same postings.

    Barnes & Noble : monitor and clean up this site.

    Oh, and yes, I'm pis**d that I had to read this pile of crap.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    Great Book

    If you live in the Boston area this book is a must read.

    Anyone familiar with the Brothers Bulger, this book honestly just tells the whole story.

    Better still are the multiple postings from multiple people about some poor kid in Woburn who has a tie to all of this.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Did the FBI use a child leukemia victim against their father?

    Judge Cullen was related to a Condon family(Dennis Condon?) and also oversaw a case involving a youngster of 4-5 years old who was later shuffled around in state child care while his legal guardian maintained contact with the Woburn court throughout the child's life. The child had as a social worker "Debbie Richards" with the same Washington street address as the Debbie Richards mentioned in O'Neill & Lehr's 'Black Mass'. Was a child sick with leukemia given treatment in exchange for cooperation with the federal government or treatment given in lieu of murder or incarceration of the child's father? Was the father of a sick child with leukemia manipulated by the federal government as well as the child and the child's mother murdered just before Bulger fled and the child subject to persecution on nearly every front following Bulger taking off? Was the child manipulated while in state child care with agencies such as the New England Home for Little Wanderers by being placed into abusive families with false information as a way to manipulate cooperation of the father? The child lived in the same polluted neighborhoods as the kids in this book at the same time and was also treated at the same hospitals. These records began disappearing when this book came out as well as a massive flip-flop of individuals in the man's life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Is a child of the 1960s a missing link?

    Did a principal in the Whitey Bulger case have a child who was raised as an unwanted child and befriended by individuals with ties to organized crime and to the campaign manager for former Governor Paul Cellucci? Was such a child bounced around among families which abused them and did the child later receive the hostility from both sides when Whitey fled,as the child became hated by both sides even though the child was raised without any family- identity yet made to pay for it as such?

    Did a former employee of what became Cellucci's campaign manager then use all connections in the recruiting and personnel fields to assure such a hated child would be unemployable anywhere where Cellucci and friends had pull? Was such a child also a survivor of leukemia in Woburn,Massachusetts unknown to themself and maneuvered into being a scapegoat for WR Grace all without their knowledge?

    Did such forces also encourage that child to write a book and movie script then swindle them out of any proceeds from it? Did the same forces which may have been involved with swindling an option on a script also receive protection from the FBI in doing so? Did the forces also use insidious prostitution and escort services as part of the strategy to destroy the child?

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    Some pieces missing from a great,great book

    In 1993, Ken Grant had a piece done in the Woburn Advocate newspaper under Pat Bywater. He was looking for his father whom he never knew. Not long after,Whitey Bulger disappeared,Flemmi was busted and Grant was quickly terminated from his job as an EH&S professional with WR Grace.Whitey disappeared,Jonathan Harr came out with a book called "A Civil Action" and Grant was fired under highly suspicious conditions at Grace. During the initial Bulger hearings, a prominent Boston newspaper reported that Robert Redford and Sylvester Stallone were called into the Bulger hearings while their link to it was never established. At the same time,Granthad an autobiographical screenplay circulating wigth United Talent Agency in California. Redford was adapting the book to a movie starring John Travolta and other well known actors/actress.

    After termination from Grace,Grant became blackballed and eventually lost all savings,his credit rating,and was forced without health insurance for 12 years.He was forced to take on a student loan he never should have because a CONDON told him would not qualify for unemployment funds although all necessary paperwork was completed and he qualified. The resulting loss of employability and student loan caused him to default. In addition to all of this, he had his life threatened with a faulty vehicle rigged to explode reminiscent of Eddie Moiano. A woman befriended him and it soon became apparent that she was there to monitor him,report back to a third party and to wreak havoc on his mental and emotional health by playing with his heart and disrupting close lifelong relationships.As Grant faced homeless and developed life threatening medical condtions, he reached out to Congressman Marty Meehan, Senator John Kerry, Ed Moakley. Only Moakley expressed an interest in helping him find a home but died before it could happen. Grant was consigned to live in his car a total of 2 1/2 years as he could not get employment. Grant interviewed multiple times with Raytheon, later IBM, Ceridian, Cerulean, Video Server,Cognos,Kronos,Media One,and on and on. Each time he was encouraged then shot down without explanation, call back, or letter nor could he contact the interviewers again. Carrots were being dangled but never truly offered,adding to dismay. It was speculated that a process similar to those which resulted in the suicide of Massachusetts state trooper Johnson and the Barrett sons was in play. The IRS levied modest savings accounts, his phone with Verizon was tampered with and the man was followed around by a variety of suited and plainclothes individuals which was witnessed independently by others.

    Grant's medical records began disappearing. Evidence of bank account balance monitoring was evident, as as soon as his bank account began building up, some financial emergency arose which caused it to be drained,usually preceded by a friend or acquantance asking him how his car was running, work was,etc prior to the disruption. Many times just prior to the ax falling, individuals around him claimed that they had DOJ friend or family affiliations.

    Prior to all this, Grant worked sometimes up to 104 hours per week, and when not working so much volunteered for a number of organizations. He had no criminal background. At a junction between the Whitey Bulger case and the human tragedy that occurred in Woburn where he was a sick youngster, is Grant. Grant grew up as an orphan in the state of Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2008

    Who are the 'bad guys' here?

    Bulger is said to have become rich off of crime, but William Breen wrote a book (Breen from Winchester,Mass-- same as Brian Callahan)in which he details the IRS seized all his money. I think it is quite possible the IRS benefitted from Flemmi and Bulger's activities. What the public also does not know is about the persecution of individuals tied in some manner to parties in this case involving the states of Massachusetts AND New Hampshire. This is very well written and very interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Possibly the best on the subject!

    This is highly informative AND readable!! But what the reader cannot know is how many abuses are still going and the publicly unnamed victims still experiencing abuse as a consequence of fallout in this case. There is 1 person who has had a constant stream of terrible things happen to them, still 13 years after Bulger vanished. This person's life seems to be much like that Trooper Johnson experienced after stopping Bulger. Here is what has happened to 'John Doe': 1)Became unemployable in Massachusetts, followed by homeless and bankrupt and eventual student loan default 2)11+ years without health insurance and more than 2 underinsured developed fatal health condition as a result 3)Constant bank account problems with first Fleet bank( unexplained missing money when IRS had accounts with them)and then later Citizens Bank of Rhode Island(thousands of $ in overdrafts and debit card transactions with questionable ethics by bank personnel) 4)Maneuvered into being arrested by NH malfeasance 5)Car tampering, resulting in fire and police departments being called in and advised to call Boston bomb squad 6)Constant IRS scrutiny,levies 7)Surveillance by uniformed/plainclothes personnel 8)phone intercepts and surveillance aimed to prevent gaining better employment or even multiple job employment (masked by bogus voicemails indicating employer interest which ALWAYS leads to dead end) 9)Possible befriending by personnel or family of personnel connected with law enforcement/intelligence agencies for the purpose of keeping tabs on whereabouts and any exploitable vulnerabilities most often associated with vehicle inquiries where vehicle failures follow soon after. 10)Since 1995 ongoing pattern of establishing person is financially irresponsible by affecting factors beyond that person's control aim being to keep the person destitute,underemployed, in ill health, lack of support systems and perhaps to induce suicide. 11)Activities involve Massachusetts New Hampshire 12)Some suggestive evidence of tampering with any friends or family members of the person 13)The only person reached out to for help who expressed concern and willingness to help was Congressman Joe Moakley, who died before anything could be done. Appeals to the U.S. Department of Justice went unanswered as did the FBI. 14)Ongoing efforts to make the person unwittingly break the law, as if an excuse to 'get them'. All of this against someone who pays their taxes, has had no problems with the law, and has shown tremendous financial responsibility in the absence of unusual circumstances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2006

    No Taxpayer Can be Objective

    A Senate / University President who had no shame when to fleecing the public and interferring with State Police probes of his murderous brother or freezing the salary of a judge who would not 'play along'..... a govenor who would have been president, another who had been a Federal Attorney and had seen the missing person reports.......they all trouped over to Southie and honored Billy and ignored Whitey as he flooded Southie with cocaine, and more bodies...it is difficult to be ojective when one is reading this book.

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