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Posted June 7, 2011
Excellent, Highly Recommended!
I read this on my Nook over vacation. It's a great book, I couldn't put it down. All of the pictures are viewable on the Nook. Hitman is an amazing account of the true nature of the Boston Underworld and it's characters. As cold and calculating as Johnny could be, he lived by his own "code of honor", and didn't betray anyone who had not already betrayed him. You'll learn how Whitey and Stevie managed to commit crime after crime including multiple murders, and stay on the streets for so long. And how Johnny managed to "supervise" things in Boston while living in Florida. How the heartless and selfserving behavior of the people in the Boston FBI office is as criminal as that of underworld characters they were supposed to be managing. I highly recommend this book.
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Posted June 20, 2011
Hitman: A Tale of the Detestable, Corrupt and the Low Lifes Of Boston
Hitman by Howie Carr is a well written, finely detailed treatise on the life and times of Johnny Martorano and his association with the thugs of the Winter Hill Gang.
The gang, led by Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi, used murder, extortion and blackmail to gain traction and control crime in Boston in the late 1900's.
As bad as they were (and they were plenty bad), of special note was their compromise of willing police and federal officials who aided and actively protected the gang in their every endeavor. FBI agents and police officers, whom we trust to protecting the public, became willing and even ambitious tools of the gang. Prompted by their unquenchable greed and total eagerness to be corrupted, they spared no effort to help, warn and protect Bulger and his cronies from every threat of public scrutiny, regardless of who led it, including agents of the so called free press.
Working with their FBI helpers, Bulger et al murdered anyone who stood in their way and if they couldn't eliminate them with guns they framed them for jail including four petty crooks who served 30+ years of incarceration for a crime they didn't commit.
During this time, Bulger and Flemmi protected themselves from federal authorities by becoming informants for the FBI, i.e. rats. Their reports helped the FBI eliminate the criminal competition and protect their own derrieres.
While this was going on, there existed an environment of total corruption within government circles. "Jobs" were arranged via political influence and people were paid for not showing up for work. Being on the take and being crooked became a badge of honor.
Corrupt police, federal and public officials retired from their jobs with pensions and were rewarded with well paying "security" positions with large public and private companies. For them, crime definitely paid.
Howie Carr does an excellent job of describing the felony plagues world of Boston, often detailing events that help paint a vivid picture of this laughably sad and twisted situation.
Hitman is an interesting read but leaves one disappointed and disillusioned with the depth of corruption in public life. It demonstrates depravity of these men, their many enablers and their acceptance by the body-politic. Hitman screams out the question: "if this happened 20-30 years ago, has the Boston situation changed? For that matter, is any city any different?" The assumed answer is no.
One final word for the reader: Carr describes all the actors in this sordid tale...and there are a lot of them. Many have similar sounding names. The reader would do well to keep a written score card of who is who so as not to confuse the really bad guys from the abominable.
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Posted June 19, 2011
A Good Read -- from Bestselling Author of THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS and THE HITMAN'S WOMAN
This was an interesting read about an underworld hitman, his life and times, and associates on both sides of law. Recommended. -- from R. Barri Flowers, bestselling author of true crime book, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, and thriller novel, THE HITMAN'S WOMAN, under pen name, Devon Vaughn Archer
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Posted September 18, 2011
Another good one by Howie!
Posted 9/18/2011: But here are some questions for Howie: 1) Did one of the principals in this case have a child with leukemia from Woburn who was enrolled in a bone marrow treatment program in the 1960s run by the federal government, the child written off and bounced around in state care and later targeted because they were used as collateral against one of the parties in this case? 2) Was a base setup in an apartment of a childhood survivor of the Woburn case without their knwoledge and used to conduct clandestine suppression efforts from 1996 onward involving federal and even allied foreign government agents? 3) Why was one of the childhood survivors given a check for $1500 and a one way ticket to Paris by a mysterious woman who traveled without notice and with no contact information pretending to be the survivor's girlfriend? Why was a calling circle and more phone tampering done in the man's apartment involving her and associates and a man from TN claiming to be a construction worker yet actually using a Verizon truck while Bill Weld was governor, backed by Verizon and a former Justice Management official? 4) Was Sister Ledger of Woburn in the 1960s a CIA operative responsible for many medical and other records disappearing relevant to the Bulger case and child victims in the Woburn water case of the 1960s?
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Posted September 2, 2013
My only qualms with Howie Carr's book is a tendency to want to m
My only qualms with Howie Carr's book is a tendency to want to make Johnny Martorano seem not so bad. As a family man, he was a great father and provider. But that doesn't discount he is also a killer -- and murdered a close friend of his, at that. The book is compelling, and doesn't gloss over the FBI corruption and its collateral damage in New England. It does get a little hard to follow because nobody can keep up with every single person mentioned, and I think in some places an overview is better. Less is more, you know? Otherwise, a very well written, riveting account from the perspective of The Hitman. I think it would be more honest to say the book is written from his perspective.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2013
*smiled and hugged him.* You're so sweet. ((Igtg lunch and get ready for a baby shower tomorrow. :/ I'll see you later today or tomorrow. *kisses.*))
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Posted June 10, 2012
This is the story of Johnny Martorano (Whitey Bulger’s hit
This is the story of Johnny Martorano (Whitey Bulger’s hit man), his life story. But it is also the story of Jimmy “the Bear” the Bennett brothers, Stevie Flemmi, Nicky Femia, Barboza, Indian Al, and the entire history of the gang, mob, mafia wars of Boston from 1959 into the 90’s. This is a tale of bargains made with the other gangs, hits gone wrong (and right), informants, crooked cops, politicians and FBI agents. And it tells the story of how it all fell apart. As Johnny explains, it doesn’t count if you rat on a rat. And Whitey Bulger was a big rat. This doesn’t glamorize the Mafia, or the gangland battles, this book tells the truth frankly with no glossing over the details of the innocents accidently killed in botched (or successful) hits. Loyalty is a fleeting thing. In this world it can be a brief as the space between one sentence and the next. I received this book for review purposes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2011
Why did 'hitman' get off so easy when he is the one who actually killed the people? Since 1995,a man has been monitored continuously since Bulger became a fugitive. This largely took place in the workplace, as the man has been employable only with companies which have federal contracts. In 1997 the man was invited to an interview at ABA personnel in Haverhill,Massachusetts where the interviewer pumped him for information about the Woburn Massachusetts cancer epidemic as well as knowledge of Whitey. About the same time he was interviewed at an office suite in Cummings Park,Woburn in which the interviewer said he represented an"undisclosed company with ties to the space program in Switzerland". The man was invited to White Mountain Pines software in Nashua, New Hampshire and photographed while waiting in the reception area for an interview which never materialized. A short time later, the same man began receiving hateful messages in Yahoo chat across his computer screen only. White Mountain Pines software made "CUCME" software which would have permitted this hateful messaging. The man was called several times into Raytheon, lucrativ e jobs dangled before him, only to be blown off. One such offer involved an interviewer with NSA-logo items all over his office in Burlington,Massachusetts.While working at NEC computers in Boxborough,Mass. the man was befriended by a man who 'coincidentally' lived in the same town 35 miles away. The new befriender,"Mr. Allen"after a short introductory friendship,began indicating he was watching the man work out at the gym, do business at Market Basket supermarket, knew every video the man rented, and constantly followed him wherever he went while denying that he was gay or bisexual. Mr. Allen constantly followed the man and requested at every opportunity access to his apartment. When Mr. Allen was called at home, automatic callbacks to the calling phone were made, as if being monitored by a third party.Much of this happened in Lawrence, Massachusetts where the FBI is said to have had an office with a Lowell,Ma. phone number. Also in Lawrence, the man was maneuvered into working at a satellite location with 10 others at a time when allegedly 10 witnesses were being sequestered to be used against Bulger. The man was also dragged to promising interviews with Cerulean in Marlboro, Mass. only to be blown off completely. Eventually the man was steered to Home Depot, where he was surrounded by management and non-management employees alike who frequently lied about their actual names and aggressively undermined the man's work to make him look bad.In addition, individuals emplaced into his life before Whitey went on the lam began interfering with phone communications by calling from phone lines or phones with COMSEC designations, essentially impounding phone records and allowing those agencies to manipulate incoming calls to prevent other employment,etc.The man was also steered, thanks to phone manipulation,into living situations where the landlords could monitor him as well as inspect his personal belongings and habits.One such landlord was a major campaign driver for Obama in New Hampshire who had changed their name in 2008.
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Posted January 27, 2012
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Posted July 9, 2011
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Posted November 16, 2013
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