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

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

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by Howie Carr

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The riveting New York Times bestseller by award-winning columnist Howie Carr—now with a stunning new afterword detailing Whitey Bulger's capture.

For years their familiar story was of two siblings who took different paths out of South Boston: William "Billy" Bulger, former president of the Massachusetts State Senate; and his brother James


The riveting New York Times bestseller by award-winning columnist Howie Carr—now with a stunning new afterword detailing Whitey Bulger's capture.

For years their familiar story was of two siblings who took different paths out of South Boston: William "Billy" Bulger, former president of the Massachusetts State Senate; and his brother James "Whitey" Bulger, a vicious criminal who became the FBI's second most-wanted man after Osama Bin Laden. While Billy cavorted with the state's blue bloods to become a powerful political force, Whitey blazed a murderous trail to the top rung of organized crime. Now, in this compelling narrative, Carr uncovers a sinister world of FBI turncoats, alliances between various branches of organized crime, St. Patrick's Day shenanigans, political infighting, and the complex relationship between two brothers who were at one time kings.

As the film Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, hits theaters, take a deeper dive into the story of the Bulgers, and their fifty-year reign over Boston with Howie Carr's THE BROTHERS BULGER.

Editorial Reviews

James "Whitey" Bulger would qualify as the bad seed in any household. Now a wanted fugitive, this street-smart South Boston mobster stands accused of numerous violent crimes, including no fewer than 18 murders. Not surprisingly, Whitey's brother Billy has always been known as "the good son." But according to this revelatory book, William Bulger's career as a Massachusetts state senator and as the president of UMass was also riddled with corruption and chicanery.
Publishers Weekly
Pritchard sounds so much like actor David Strathairn of Good Night and Good Luck in this compelling audio version of Boston journalist Carr's book about William and Whitey Bulger, that listeners might imagine the late Edward R. Murrow telling this fantastic story. Pritchard, a heralded veteran of more than 430 audiobooks, minimizes any moments of possible melodrama, subtly catching instead the superb irony of two brothers who rose to the heights of their chosen careers. Billy was a political powerhouse and kingmaker who was president of the Massachusetts senate and head of the University of Massachusetts. Whitey (born James) was a psychotic gangster who used such tools as flagrant murder and FBI corruption on his climb to the role of chief of Boston's flourishing Irish mobs and who has now disappeared. Anyone who doesn't know the details of the Bulgers' amazing dual saga will find them all spelled out in Pritchard's clean, understated delivery, which makes the whole thing even more incredible. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 24). (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Boston Herald reporter Carr tracks a pair of Beantown siblings along a twisted trail of extortion, graft, murder and other crimes that overran even the FBI. Making it clear that he will not be unduly obsessed with journalistic objectivity here, the author describes his behavior during Billy Bulger's testimony at a 2003 congressional hearing: "In full view of the CSPAN camera, I periodically grimaced, made faces, stuck out my tongue, rolled my eyes, and grabbed my throat when I thought Billy was being less than forthcoming." Carr goes on to document that Billy's reputation as "the good brother" was as misleading as his congressional testimony. He follows Billy's ascent from Boston's notorious Southie neighborhood (which he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to his eventual presidency at the University of Massachusetts. Big brother Whitey Bulger was in Carr's estimation a fulltime, nonpareil crook, possibly the model for the hit man in George V. Higgins's celebrated Boston crime novel, The Friends of Eddie Coyle. For nearly three decades, the author contends, Billy worked inside the system while Whitey worked outside the law; the crux of Carr's thesis is that they cooperated in buying and corrupting whomever they could not intimidate or, in Whitey's case, permanently remove. Among those bought, the author asserts, was FBI agent Zip Connolly, another Southie boy; it was a congressional investigation of corruption in the Boston office of the FBI that finally cost Billy his job at UMass. Billy's eventual disgrace tainted an associated host of Boston political hacks and bureaucrats, but he still draws a state pension; Whitey remains at large, reportedly sighted in locales asdisparate as Thailand and Portugal. A classic, seamy portrait of widespread moral turpitude, conveyed with crackling Boston-Irish sarcasm.
From the Publisher
"Listeners might imagine the late Edward R, Murrow telling this fantastic story . . . Anyone who doesn't know the details of the Bulgers' amazing dual saga will find them all spelled out in Michael Prichard's clean, understated delivery, which makes the whole thing even more incredible." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review

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The Brothers Bulger

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ISBN: 0-446-57651-4


BILLY BULGER WAS ON THE spot. This time he couldn't take the Fifth Amendment when a congressman asked him if he knew where his fugitive gangster brother was hiding out, with a $1 million bounty on his head.

It was June 19, 2003, and the sixty-nine-year-old president of the University of Massachusetts was sitting in a packed hearing room in the basement of the Rayburn Office Building in Washington, D.C. For six months, ever since he'd stonewalled the House Committee on Government Reform in Boston, William Michael Bulger had called in every chit, pulled every string, to prevent this moment from arriving.

But the reality was that despite his $359,000-a-year salary, Billy Bulger was no longer the most powerful man in Massachusetts politics, and he could not defy Congress.

His brother James-better known by his nickname of Whitey-had been on the lam for more than nine years now. He was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, charged with nineteen murders, and two years earlier his wanted poster had appeared briefly in the film Hannibal. But Whitey hadn't actually been seen in the United States since 1996, and he was slowly making his way into the pantheon of vanished legends-Ambrose Bierce, D. B. Cooper, Jimmy Hoffa, Judge Crater ...

Billy had bought a new suit for his appearance beforeCongress. It was from Brooks Brothers on Newbury Street, to Billy the epitome of upper-crust Yankee respectability. Everyone back in Boston would be watching the C-SPAN feed that was being broadcast on every major TV station in the city.

The committee chairman was Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, Amherst College '71, and Billy had tried to play the Amherst card with him-hey, can't we work something out? In Boston, they had negotiated over a closed-door hearing-no cameras, no damnable reporters. But word had leaked, and now Davis was gaveling the public hearing to order.

The chairman asked Billy if he wished to make a statement before the questioning began. Billy looked down at a prepared text, which had already been distributed to the press.

"I now recognize," Billy said of his brother, hesitantly, without a trace of his fabled cockiness, "that I didn't fully grasp the dimensions of his life."

It was a far cry from what he'd proudly told newspaper reporters of his brother in 1988: "There is much to admire."

Billy was now immunized-nothing he said could be used against him, unless he lied. But he could no longer invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. He was faced with a Clintonian dilemma, and there was only one way out. He would have to ... not remember.

"I am particularly sorry," Billy continued, "to think that he may have been guilty of some of the horrible things of which he is accused."

About the allegations made against his older brother, Billy had written in his memoirs seven years earlier: "I am confident much of it has been circulated as an oblique political attack on me. I know some of the allegations and much of the innuendo to be absolutely false."

But that was before the Massaschusetts State Police recovered six bodies, including those of two twenty-six-year-old women, from the shallow graves Whitey and his underworld partner, another serial killer named Stevie Flemmi, had dug on public property in and around Boston. In his memoirs, Billy had never mentioned that Stevie Flemmi was a pedophile, or that Flemmi's parents had lived next door to him since 1980. Nor did he inform his readers that Flemmi often spent the night at his parents' house, across the courtyard from Billy, and that most Sundays, Whitey and Stevie huddled at the Flemmis' house with the FBI agents they had bribed with cash, jewelry, and wine.

"I do still live in the hope that the worst of the charges against him will prove groundless," Billy Bulger read. "It is my hope."

But the congressmen would have none of it. Although the committee was ostensibly investigating almost forty years of corruption in the Boston FBI office, today's hearing was about the Bulger brothers-Whitey and Billy. Even the Massachusetts Democrats on the committee, playing to the vast television audiences watching in New England, would take their shots. But the most relentless congressman was Republican Dan Burton, the former committee chairman who had pursued Billy for more than a year. Dan Burton was from Indiana-a "jerkwater state," as Billy would have described it at one of his annual St. Patrick's Day breakfasts in South Boston. This was Dan Burton's show, and he couldn't be cajoled or threatened. If Burton had been from Massachusetts, Billy would have known which buttons to push. But he was from Indianapolis, and Billy Bulger was now under oath.

"Mr. Bulger," Burton began, "what did you think your brother did for a living?"

Gone was the glib, gavel-wielding boss of Massachusetts politics. "Well, I know that he was for the most part," Billy stammered, speaking uncharacteristically in sentence fragments. "I had the feeling that he was uh in the business of gaming and and uh ..." He paused. "Whatever. It was vague to me but I didn't think, uh-for a long while he had some jobs but uh ultimately uh it was clear that he was not uh um being um uh you know he wasn't doing what I'd like him to do."

Billy's biggest problem was a phone call he'd received from Whitey in January 1995, just after he'd fled Boston. Though Billy was an attorney, an officer of the court, he had told no one in law enforcement about the conversation until 2000, after one of Whitey's underlings had disappeared into the Witness Protection Program. The feds had called Billy before a grand jury, laying a perjury trap, but much to the feds' chagrin, he'd admitted receiving the call. Angry and frustrated, someone in the U.S. Attorney's Office had leaked his testimony to the newspapers.

"I expected I would receive a call," Billy said, tentatively, mixing tenses. "That was his request. I am sure he would like a private conversation."

Billy had had six months to prepare his answers, but he still couldn't come up with the witty, cutting responses that had so long been his trademark in state politics. In fact, Billy sounded as tongue-tied as one of his majority leaders.

"I never thought we'd still be-that there would not have been a resolution of it. Ordinarily in these cases-"

-the cops catch the guy. Billy stopped himself before he actually said it. The only other time Whitey had been a fugitive, from a bank robbery indictment in 1955, he'd lasted only three months on the lam before the FBI collared him. But in 1994, Whitey was forty years wiser, and perhaps $40 million richer.

"So the tone of it," Billy said, "was something like this: He told me, uh, don't believe everything that's being said about me. It's not true."

But of course it was true. All of it.

"I think," Billy said, slowly, "he was trying to give me some comfort on that level and he-I don't know ..." Billy paused, as everyone stared at him. "I think he asked me to tell everybody he was okay and, uh, and then I told him, well, we care very much for you and um, we're very hopeful. I think I said I hoped this will have a happy ending. At the time there was no talk of the more terrible crimes."

It was December 23, 1994, the day that Whitey Bulger vanished. He had always assumed that it would come to this, so in 1977 he had begun constructing a new identity for himself. The most powerful organized crime figure in New England was about to turn into "Thomas F. Baxter."

When the cops got around to searching his condo, and his girlfriends' houses, they would find an Irish passport, as well as how-to books about living on the lam. There were almost as many of them as there were World War II books and videotapes. Whitey was obsessed with Nazis, so much so that in 2004 the feds would consider staking out the sixtieth anniversary commemorations of D-day in Normandy, hoping to catch him traveling on a European Union passport.

The cops would also find his diaries. He'd begun putting his thoughts down on paper a lot just before he left. He would sit at the kitchen table in his condo in Quincy, where he'd replaced the sliding glass door that led to his back patio with a bulletproof steel plate. Night after night, he'd write in his old-fashioned Palmer-style longhand about the LSD experiments he'd taken part in while in prison in Atlanta in the late 1950s.

"It's 3 a.m. and years later, I'm still effected [sic] by L.S.D. in that I fear sleep-the horrible nightmares that I fight to escape by waking, the taste of adrenalin[e], gasping for breath. Often I'm woken by a scream and find it's me screaming. I later read while still in prison that LSD can cause chromosome damage and birth defects-that one article determined for me that having children was too risky."

Would a jury buy it? That Whitey Bulger cared about children? Whitey hoped he never had to find out.

It was late afternoon, and as he drove toward downtown Boston, the Christmas lights twinkled in the projects and the three-decker houses of South Boston where he'd spent his entire life, except for a few years in the air force, and later almost a decade in federal prison, in Lewisburg, Atlanta, Leavenworth, and Alcatraz.

About to be indicted again, for the first time in thirty-eight years, Whitey would disappear, until he could put the fix in, the way he always had. Something always seemed to happen when the law got too close to Whitey-wiretaps would be compromised, bugs discovered. Cops hot on his trail would find themselves demoted or transferred. Witnesses would disappear, or recant, or forget. Or Whitey would receive a phone call moments before the police raided a warehouse stuffed with marijuana that just happened not to be under his protection.

Surely something could be worked out this time too. And if not, "Tom Baxter" would enjoy his golden years, another retired gentleman on the road with his lady friend.

Beside him in the front seat of the Grand Marquis was his most trusted underling, Kevin Weeks, age thirty-seven. Weeks had been with Whitey almost from the day he graduated high school in 1974. Like all of Whitey's closest associates, Weeks called him "Jim." Over the years he'd helped Whitey plan his eventual flight. They had beepers, and code words, and now Kevin would be Whitey's eyes and ears in the Town, as they referred to South Boston.

In the back seat sat Theresa Stanley. At fifty-seven, she was the oldest of Whitey's girlfriends, and she preferred a more traditional, lace-curtain Irish phrase to describe their relationship. She "went with him," and had since 1965 when he was a thirty-six-year-old ex-con, fresh out of Leavenworth, and she was a single mother of four young children.

Theresa had been looking forward to Christmas this year. She and Whitey had just returned to Boston after a lengthy trip to Europe, a dry run for the journey they were about to embark upon. Whitey had made good use of his time, renting safe-deposit boxes in banks in Dublin, London, and Venice, before they finally returned home, at Theresa's behest, after Thanksgiving.

On this day, Whitey and Theresa had been planning to drive to Copley Square and finish their Christmas shopping at Neiman Marcus. But around 4:00 p.m., dusk on one of the shortest days of the year, Kevin Weeks had beeped Whitey and asked where he was.

"Theresa's," Whitey said. "We're just going out."

"We need to talk," Kevin Weeks said. This was one of Whitey's rules: Never talk on the phone if you didn't have to, and if you had to, always keep it vague.

Weeks had gotten a tip from John Connolly-"Zip," as Whitey called him-about an hour earlier. Zip, a retired FBI agent who'd been raised in the same public housing project as the Bulgers, had been feeding Whitey information for years-about informants, indictments, investigations, and wiretaps. And now, in addition to his FBI pension, Zip had a six-figure job at Boston Edison, compliments of Billy, Zip would always tell his friends while he and Billy both denied it publicly.

Five minutes after Weeks's call, Whitey's Grand Marquis pulled up in front of the South Boston Liquor Mart at the rotary on Old Colony Avenue, the gang's headquarters for the last decade or so.

Weeks hopped in, but said nothing. That was another one of the rules. You didn't talk in the car, not since the Drug Enforcement Administration had put the new door on Whitey's car back in 1985 as part of Operation Beans. It had been yet another attempt to bring down Whitey that had failed after he received a propitiously timed tip.

At sixty-five, Whitey was not the stereotypical elderly driver. Years later, on the witness stand, Weeks was asked how they could get from South Boston to the Back Bay so quickly during rush hour two days before Christmas. Could Whitey make cars magically move and disappear?

"Jim Bulger could make a lot of things magically move and disappear."

Whitey pulled the Mercury into the tow zone in front of Neiman Marcus. Then all three of them-Whitey, Kevin, and Theresa-got out of the car and Whitey told Theresa he'd be right with her. She waited at the entrance to Neiman Marcus, eyeing them nervously, as Kevin Weeks passed on the information he'd received from Connolly, that the indictments had come down, that they were sealed, and that the feds were planning to round up everybody over the holidays-including Whitey, his partner Stevie Flemmi, and Frank Salemme, the boss of the local Mafia.

"Have you told Stevie yet?" Whitey asked.

"I haven't seen him," Weeks said.

"Make sure you tell Stevie."

Whitey called Theresa back over to the car and told her, "We're going away again."

Their first night on the road, Whitey and Theresa checked into a hotel in Selden, Long Island. They would be visiting a cousin of Kevin Weeks's named Nadine, and her husband. Later Nadine and her husband would tell the FBI that they had no idea that they were entertaining a powerful, well-connected mobster. To them, they said, he was just Tom Baxter.

Theresa and "Tom" stayed in Selden for four days, then drove to New Orleans for New Year's, where Whitey registered at a French Quarter hotel using his real name. No need to become "Tom Baxter" if this was all just a false alarm. By January 5, almost two weeks had passed since Whitey had been warned about the indictments, and still nothing had happened. Whitey told Theresa they were going home.

That night Stevie Flemmi pulled away from Schooner's, his son's new restaurant in Quincy Market, with his latest girlfriend, an attractive Asian thirty-five years his junior. Two Crown Vics cut Flemmi's car off and blocked its escape.

A DEA agent dragged Stevie out of the car and put a gun to his head.

"What is this?" Stevie said in disgust. "A grandstand play?"

A few minutes later, Stevie's younger brother, Michael, a Boston cop, walked quickly into the L Street Tavern, which would soon become famous in the movie Good Will Hunting. Officer Flemmi saw Kevin Weeks playing cards at a table and asked him if he could have a word with him outside. Weeks threw in his hand, grabbed his coat, and walked outside with Flemmi. The cop told him about his brother's arrest, and Weeks quickly paged Whitey. As usual, Whitey was one step ahead.

"I just heard it on the radio," Whitey said. "I'm turning around."

This time they drove back to Manhattan, where he and Theresa checked into a hotel and Whitey spent the night thinking things over. In the morning they headed west, driving aimlessly-the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, San Francisco-two aging tourists with an old-fashioned reliance on cash, rather than credit cards. Two weeks later Theresa Stanley told Whitey she'd had enough. She wanted to go home. Or so she testified later.

Whitey drove to Clearwater, Florida, withdrew his "Tom Baxter" documents from yet another safe-deposit box, and drove back to Selden. There "Tom Baxter" traded in his old Grand Marquis for a new one. He needed a new traveling companion too, and he had one in mind. Her name was Catherine Greig, age forty-two, and he'd had her on the string for close to twenty years. She was a twin, divorced from a Boston firefighter, an old-time Southie broad like Theresa who knew better than to ask questions, even about her ex-brother-in-law, whom Whitey had murdered twenty years earlier and buried on Tenean Beach in Dorchester.


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"Listeners might imagine the late Edward R, Murrow telling this fantastic story . . . Anyone who doesn't know the details of the Bulgers' amazing dual saga will find them all spelled out in Michael Prichard's clean, understated delivery, which makes the whole thing even more incredible." —-Publishers Weekly Audio Review

Meet the Author

Howie Carr is a popular radio talk show host who is syndicated across New England. Known for his scathing exposes of local politicians, he has raised lots of eyebrows and voices over the years. He has also been featured regularly on NBC, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Court TV, CNN, and the Fox News Network.

Michael Prichard has recorded well over five hundred audiobooks and was named one of SmartMoney magazine's Top Ten Golden Voices. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award and several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
His vehemence for the Bulgers shouts from the mountaintops in his book and his daily radio broadcast. The book reads well and contains a lot of information but there is an aspect to this case Howie may know little if nothing about: what goes into making an informant on the government end? How does the public know that the government did not close off personal and professional options for its informants as a way of developing a dependency on the government? the government can blackball anyone from getting work, as this example might show: a young man with no knowledge of the Bulgers or the case suddenly became unemployable although the interviews rolled in sporadically.At each interview a specific objective appeared to be in mind. One interview at Cognos under suspicious circumstances revealed a woman in black who asked for a handwritten 'test' to be completed-- no job resulted. At White Mountains Pine software, the man was called for an interview and no one knew anything about it when he got there although a camera placed at waist-height and aimed at the chair he sat in captured his photo. At Video Server he was recorded during the interview on videotape. At Cerulean the man was repeatedly jerked around for multiple interviews and in the final one no one knew anything about him. At a well-known defense contractor, the man was called in to see a man who had NSA-logo items all over and dangled a carrot with a tinge of threat.All of these resulted in no jobs AND occurred after a similar incident involving the man's car in the manner of Eddie Moiano.Other similar interviews occurred at Kronos, Ceridian and more. It is interesting also that many of the individuals involved in the case hail from the 2 counties involved in the Mclean-Mclaughlin wars, as if the bloodshed ended but the bad blood did not. There has also been suggested in past books that there might have been a link between gangland violence and some of Boston Strangler murders. Howie (nor anyone else for that matter) does not address the broken and destroyed families on both sides of the gangland violence nor the notion that in America and the world, children are frequently pawns in battles between adults. Were some children cast away to sordid lives to ensure peace between the adults as human sacrifices? Notwithstanding some reservations, this is a good and informative read.
AddictedtoGolf More than 1 year ago
In 1994 a man who grew up as an abandoned youngster in Massachusetts,New York and Rhode Island had a newsppaer account of his search to find out who his father is. The state had prevented the man from getting access to any family information and Governor Mike Dukakis, Senator Ted Kennedy, state rep Nick Paleologos all claimed to be unable to help. The newspaper, The Woburn Advocate, changed ownership hands shortly after the article appeared with the new owners disavowng knowledge of any of the prior staff. In 1995 as soon as Whitey Bulger went on the lam, the man was fired under suspicious circumstances from Wr Grace.Former foster parents with link to Governor Paul Cellucci's campaign manager quickly rejected the man and most of his friends vanished. Federal employees began inserting themselves into his life to monitor and create problems wherever possible for him(or perhaps Wackenhut or other private firms) The man's phone was monitored and calls from prospective employers blocked to prevent him from finding work. Money went missing from his accounts at Fleet bank never explained or refunded, at a time when the IRS had accounts with them. Individuals kept coming and going creating havoc in the man's life and evoking the name of the FBI each time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
But Howie clearly has a strong personal grudge against the Bulgers which must be taken into account. This is a very informative book to those naiive in the dynamics between law enforcement and law breakers. The question one might ask here is whether the law upholders became the law breakers or simply used what means were necessary to accomplish the task. This gives a good overview but might be confusing to non-local readers. Some of the alleged tactics appear quite plausible when compared with the alleged experiences of an apparently desperate party whose voice has not been given life under a federal review and protection. Some critics of reviews mentioning this voice crying out to be heard might do well to consider how they might react if they became a sudden, unexpected target caught in the no man's land between warring factions across law enforcement and criminal circles. Here is a synopsis of what happened to the party in question and you, the reader, decide if something major is being concealed here! 1) Bulger fled shortly after the party attempted to identify their family. 2) The party had a number of FBI names mentioned in books on Bulger as part of their background as an orphan 3) After Bulger fled, this person was befriended and followed by a man who insisted on gaining access to their home, told them he was watching them at the health club, knew what videos the person rented, and always needed to know what tip was left after paying the cheque at a restaurant or pub. 4) While researching their past and why strange things happened immediately following Bulger's escape, older men began watching this person in public places (men in their 50s-60s) and one or more names of FBI agents in this case were mentioned between them. 5)The person continuously encountered auto problems, such as tampering or having one or more 'friends' in the person's life inquire how their car was running just before major breakdowns occurred, immobilizing the person. It appeared this person's income and ability to travel were being drastically impacted,particularly by individuals who befriended the person then suddenly became extremely hostile when Bulger fled. 6) IRS audits and banking anomalies appeared sporadically as did inexplicable phone messages and indications incoming and outgoing calls were being documented. 7)Longtime friends and acquaintances began distancing themselves from the party. 8) Possible interferences in searching for employment were widely evident in the surveillance of phone lines on the person. 9) Overall the goal appeared to be to keep the individual from moving about or to orchestrate such movements,control their living situation, monitor the person's income and spending, monitor the person's social and romantic interests, and to keep the individual as close to rock bottom on all planes as possible. This is similar to techniques used against Trooper Johnson and Eddie Moiano. 10) The goal appears to be make the party look as irresponsible as possible and perhaps even induce suicidal tendencies or other self-destructive behavior such as that which caused Trooper Johnson to take his own life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has lots of information and reads well! However, there are individuals being subjected to financial,career,emotional and mental damage in this ongoing battle that are not mentioned here or anywhere else, such as the man. a.k.a. 'Chico' who: 1) When Whitey fled, was fired at his job at his job with a controversial Cambridge ,Mass. company suddenly and suspiciously, only to be subjected to blackballed references as he passed from one employer to another, each having business ties or indirect connections to the company along the way. One of these corporate divisions, in Cambridge,Mass., was within a 2-3 minute walk of one of Jerry Angiulo's top men's office, who ran an escort service among other things nearby. 2)At one such employer, the man was blamed for the fallout then occurring in the Bulger case (1996-98)even though he had no ties whatsoever to the case to his knowledge. 3)In March,2006, as assorted new books such as this one were released, the man's landlord, an associate of nearly 25 years, mentioned Howie then began acting bizarre toward the man.It appeared that certain individuals may have been emplaced in the man's life to act in a certain way should the Bulger program be compromised. An example is of one 'friend' of the man, who after 14 years of 'friendship' revealed that he kept notebooks on discussions between he and 'Chico' notes that might not reflect accurate discussions as much as character-assassinating documentation for future use.The same man went by the name of the ceo of a firm who had been complained about for dumping toxic chemicals at an industrial park in Woburn,Mass. in the 1980s based in New Jersey and with an Oak Bluffs address. 4)Strong signs of psychological manipulation, in which the man appeared to be surrounded by individuals at work and outside of work funneling information to a third party for evaluation and tactics... an example of this is if 'Chico' showed an interest in sex or particular women, provocative women would appear, tease Chico and ultimately disappoint him. If Chico confided to associates around him he would like marry and have a child, then every obstacle would seem to appear in his path. What the public might not know is how limitless government resources are in manpower and how much can be brought to bear against an individual if he or she does not cooperate. One such tactic is to prevent say a man from having female relationships then start rumors of homosexuality or, subject the man to willing females but with a major stipulation: to have them you must do so at risk of assassinating your own character, such as dating married women,etc.Financial and career destruction are well-known tactics also, as Trooper Johnson's case shows. This is a recommended book with a slight reservation that Howie might not understand the enormity of what organized crime and the government can do.
Retired98 More than 1 year ago
In 1965, a baby was dropped off to the Children's Hospital in Utica, NY by an unknown family from Little Falls, in the Adirondacks. The baby was admitted into what is now known as Faxton Hospital without an entry diagnosis and no family history. The child lived immobilized in a hospital bed with no visitors for over 2 years and is said to have been given a bone marrow transplant as part of a federal government study on experimental treatments for leukemia using poor children.The boy did not meet his mother until 4 1/2 years old and was taken,crippled in a full body wheelchair to Woburn,Massachusetts. In Woburn the boy lived in the same neighborhoods as the victims outlined in this book.The boy suffered extreme physical and emotional and sexual abuse until age 9 by numerous caretakers in Massachusetts while as a ward of the state. During this time the boy was denied any access to records which might have told him about his family and specifically his unknown father.The boy was treated at the same hospitals as the victims in this book and also appeared as a young boy of 4-5 years old in Woburn District court under Judge Cullen( who later refused the man access to public records of court proceedings he had been involved in).All while the growing boy was shuffled around, His guardians took direction from the Woburn court.When the boy was 9 he is said to have been implanted with a tracking device in his teeth by Tufts in Boston,Mass. shortly before Whitey Bulger signed on to the Top Echelon program. Several sleeper agents were put into place until after 1995 when Bulger went on the lam.When Bulger fled, the boy-now-man's medical records began disappearing and a Peter Mencher came on to the scene, a forensic psychiatrist affiliated with Tufts and who happened to be the family doctor for the mysterious girlfriend who met the man while attending Northeastern University in Boston,Mass (NU associated with numerous parties in the Bulger case AND with the boy's guardian ad litem). Peter Mencher appears to have tried to have the man committed for reporting a wide array of strange and disturbing incidents which occurred with witnesses after Bulger fled, including:1) car tampering and incidents involving cars,2) evidence of phone monitoring and phone records monitoring, 3) long term surveillance by clothed and plain-clothed personnel,4) mysterious,sudden trips with no disclosed destination,contact numbers, or return date by the gf 5) a male who apparently had access to the man's video rental records and watched him wherever he went and who did not deny being a federal government employee when questioned,6) At least 6 or more individuals who met the man usually in the workplace,befriended him, then announced a connection with the FBI shortly before the man lost his job,7) mysterious disappearance of funds from the man's bank account at Fleet Bank never replaced or accounted for by bank personnel, including Christine Whitman,8) at least 4 solicitations by Raytheon for decent job interviews only to be refused by a man surrounded with NSA-logo material, James McGaughey,9) Constant unexplained calls from an undisclosed phone extension at MBNA,where the man had credit accounts in good standing and to which Louis Freeh later went on to become an executive and from a John Tomaselli 10) Being blamed for the chaos in the Whitey Bulger case 11) Being maneuvered to work for businesses only with federal government contracts, then being surrounded by in
GardenGuru More than 1 year ago
This really is but there are a couple of other very good ones too! The plight of a boy in the 1960s might be the key to what has happened here. The boy was dropped off at a hospital in 1965 with no family history given and allegedly subjected to early bone marrow transplantation.The boy was released to his mother over 2 years later and returned to Woburn,Mass. where he was severely neglected and abused and crippled.The boy was treated at area hospitals and lived in the same neighborhoods as the victims mentioned in a book on the subject.The boy was bounced around in state child care and suffered abuse with the Azzone,Towne, Foss,Ziokowski,and many many other families.In 1973 the boy was befriended by a state subcontractor social worker and institutionalized.Eventually the boy become a man went to work for Wr Grace in the role of a safety and environmental specialist. A friend suggested he go to a local newspaper to see if the public had any idea who his father is as nearly all state records were barred from him or were almost completely censored.Mike Dukakis, Nick Paleologos, Ted Kennedy,Mitt Romney and many more were asked for help and were unwilling or unable to give it.Following the news story by Neil Zolot in the Woburn Advocate, the paper changed hands suddenly. Whitey Bulger skipped town and the man's medical records began disappearing soon after he was suddenly let go from Wr Grace, Longtime friends distanced themselves.The man was maneuevered into working with a group of 10 people who harassed and badgered the man about being responsible for fallout in the Bulger case.At the same time, a group of 10 people were said to be being held in a secret location to be used against Bulger.Character assassinations began. The man was accused of being homosexual when he was not. IRS audits abounded as well as a series of friendships which proved merely to be individuals monitoring him and gathering information to cause harm.Eventually the man landed at Home Depot, where many many strange things happened( employees, including management using or giving fake names,etc) to this day.
AvidSmoker More than 1 year ago
Prior to the emergence of leukemia in Woburn, the water was extremely good. Was Woburn the site of an economic civil war started in Masaachusetts between the military (Boston and Portsmouth navy yards) and the newly ascendant space program? A military officer testified before congress that 20% of the back pressure relief valves were installed prior to Thresher's first test voyage in which 109 or so military and civilian personnel were sent to their deaths. A small group of unidentified workmen(reminiscent of the well-groomed 'hobos' in the roundup immediately following the shooting of JFK). Did these workmen deliberately install the valves backwards (valves sold to the government by Carl Roessler of Trans-Sonic and chairman of the "Save our Shipyard" committee ) to make Portsmouth look bad and save the Boston Navy yard from McNamara's cutting block? Did a space object of terrstrial or extra-terrestrail origin crash land in the undeveloped woods of 1960s Woburn prompting JFK's focus and approval on Woburn as the site for what would later become the Houston Space Center AND Draper labs( the one site split into 2 entities)? Why was the Schlicter Act, implemented after union-busting by the Bonannos in a railroad strike which jeopardized public safety and triggered a need to prevent union tactics which risk the safety to the public not brought in to prevent the contamination-- or was the contamination a diversionary tactic to a much bigger event? Why did hospital records at Tufts and other begin disappearing around the time Jonathan Harr's book "A Civil Action" book came out? Why would the Woburn Court releaze thousans of pages of court records while a gag order was emplaced to a private attorney? Why was Schlictmann affiliated with Tom Kiley and therefore William and Whitey Bulger?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there a link between WR Grace, the Republican party, the Whitey Bulger case, economic civil war in New England with spillover to the country as a whole and as a result the assassination of JFK and the sinking of the U.S.S. Thresher ? Did something crash in the woods of north Woburn prompting an intense interest by NASA in Woburn? Did economic civil war break out involving one side for NASA and the other for the military in the form of the Save our Shipyard committee,all with links back to the administration of Mayor Gilgun and his son who was at Dealey Plaza the day JFK was shot and worked at the army recruiting station there? Was the Thresher sunk by saboteurs transferred up from the Boston Navy Yard hoping to have Portsmouth closed instead of Boston? In the middle of all this, was there a boy who may be the oldest surviving bone marrow transplant recipient and who was positioned into WR Grace near the time this case was to be broken in the media? A boy whose records were manipulated or deleted to hide him and conceal the coverup? Was this boy then maneuvered into working for companies only with ties back to Wr Grace? One such company is Home Depot, and the man has been surrounded by individuals ssuspected of using cover names and code names with the purpose of monitoring him and harassing as needed to control others who know the truth? Why was the man monitored by individuals with ties to Wellington Management Corp and the firm of Kennedy,Lehane and Leonard both of Boston,Mass? Who was Evelyn Bell and what was her tie to an associate of Governor Paul Cellucci's campaign manager and why was unclaimed property denied the man under Treasurer Joe Malone? Did Carl Roessler sell the flow management devices installed backwards in the U.S.S. Thresher through his company Trans-Sonic, a government contractor?
Basketballplayer More than 1 year ago
I used to work with a nearly middle-aged fellow who became a target after Bulger fled but was actually set up 20 years earlier. In 1980, the boy, "Anonymous", was introduced to a man with ties to the Dept of Justice by what was presumed to be his older brother. Following the introduction, another man appeared across town and began setting Anonymous up in all sorts of ways such as going AWOL fromn the army,etc and using his address. Back in 1973-75, the boy had a series of state guardians and was taken on annual day trips to Castle Island. In 1978 the boy was befriended by an older woman with family ties to Howie Winter whose son later sold Anonymous a car rigged to explode and ceased all contact after doing so. In 1989-90, Anonymous was approached by Adrienne McGowan at Chomerics and advised to take a particular position with the defense contractor or their career would be dead at the company.This proved to be true. In 1999, Anonymous was approached by Don Getchell at Agilent Technologies, which held DoD contracts, to take a position or "flip burgers". This also proved true. All along the way, Anonymous' "brother" worked in nearly every way to destroy him in the community. In 1995 Anonymous was fired suspiciously and possibly set upon by a call girl employed by organized crime and paid for by the company to monitor, mess up and perhaps even kill Anonymous following Bulger's flight and as Jonathan Harr came out with "A Civil Action". After 1995, a series of individuals began befriending the man up to 2006,usually in carefully orchestrated employment situations.After a period of befriendment, those individuals suddenly left after alleging ties to the FBI, NSA, or other agencies and Anonymous was fired from jobs immediately following such revelations. EPA officials informed Anonymous "good luck finding work" and IRS agents suggested that professional call girls might be used by the company as a matter of course and were unfazed. Several coworkers blamed Anonymous for the fallout in the wake of Bulger's disappearance.
Formercoworker More than 1 year ago
What if any link is there between Whitey's Woburn girlfriend, the Woburn water pollution case, and a massive government coveruo on both counts? In 1995, Ken Grant was a safety & environmental specialist for Wr Grace who was suddenly let go despite performing excellently according to his superiors. Prior to this a newspaper article had appeared about his long search to find out who his father is. Jonathan Harr's book came out shortly after and Woburn court records were passed along to attorney Jan Schlictmann,featured in the case. Grant's medical records began disappearing from hospitals he had been treated in as a child and there is some evidence to indicate Grant was a child from a poor background enrolled in a government study of bone marrow transplants as a viable method for treating leukemia. Grant grew up as an abandoned youngster in NY, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. When Grant was suspiciously let go from Grace,,people he loved rejected him and work references at WR Grace and Hewlett Packard and Tad and Adecco began blackballing him while at the same time he was called for pretense job interviews aimed at crushing hopes of acquiring decent jobs at Raytheon, Cognos,Kronos,Cerulean,Videoserver, and many many temporary agencies. In these interviews he was goaded into expressing his knowledge and views of the Woburn pollution case. Some interviews involved interviewers with government logo furnishings throughout the office.In addition Grant was besieged with character assassination of all sorts and his situation monitored financially to assure that he never had personal stability. Grant became bankrupt and homeless and was turned away by the offices of John Kerry, Marty Meehan, Mitt Romney,Governor Mike Dukakis,,Jeanne Shaheen,Judd Gregg and many more. Only Congressman Joe Moakley offered help but died before being able to.Attorneys heard his case and refused to help,including one with ties to the same town Jan Schlictmann worked in and to Derry,NH where that same attorney 11-12 years later met with him undcer pretense.Jan Schlictmann worked for Tom Kiley who had ties to William Bulger,Whitey Bulger's brother. Grant was forced when homeless to move to New Hampshire because he had been so blackballed by individuals in Massachusetts with strong ties to New Hampshire. It has been suggested that after Whitey Bulger fled prosecution and Jonathan Harr's book came out,powerful people in Masschusetts wanted him dead or suffering-- because of a background unknown to him.. Grant was followed, reported on, and this continues today by individuals with strong ties to both political parties up to and including President Obama.What kind of person was Grant before all this? An orphan who put himself through college over a 20 year period, volunteered for over 15 years and gave as he could to numerous causes.In addition he wrote a book manuscript that was to be in 2 parts but was persecuted because he wanted to reveal the good and bad things about growing up as an unwanted child in America.Why would an individual who simply wanted to know who he is be so destroyed in America?
Agent16 More than 1 year ago
In the mid 1960s, a toddler was dropped off at an Upstate Ny hospital and left abandoned for over 2 years. While at the hospital, the baby boy is said to have been one of the first bone marrow transplant recipients as treatment for leukemia. The boy was bounced around in state child care in Massachusetts and lost by the medical profession. The boy was a neglected and abused youngster. The boy,grown into a man, was fired suddenly by WR Grace in 1995 when Bulger fled(shortly after a news article appeared about the man trying to find out who his father was as featured in a story by Neil Zolot of the Woburn Advocate in Massachusetts). After 1995, the man became subject to extreme financial duress which continues to this day.Car tamperings, staged car accidents(always involving GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Co.)) in Massachusetts and Derry, NH, IRS audits, bank account manipulation and much much more has occurred sincve Bulger fled.In 1998, the man was chased by 3 men in a vehicle with at least one gun and a witness in Derry,NH. The boy/man's medical records began disappearing or being altered sinde 1995. The man was put under surveillance by the federal government from 1995 until the present, as warned prior to Whitey leaving and told he was going to be monitored by the federal government.
Slamdunk More than 1 year ago
It is well written and well-researched. In the late 1990s a man who would have been a child when Whitey signed on to the program was befriended by a call girl who liasoned with a man said to have family ties to an associate of John Connelly and was an important part of the man's life when Bulger signed up. Bulger signed up in 1975 and the boy was befriended by the man and his wife at the same time( referred to as"TJ"). "TJ" had ties to the Caravan club in Revere.The call girl immediately went to work on the man exploiting emotional vulnerabilities and perhaps to drive him to suicide, as such techniques were used against Trooper Johnson.This call girl also had ties to Dr. Peter Mencher, a forensic psychiatrist who died suddenly. The man was also involved in the Woburn district court under Judge Cullen who may have been tied to Dennis Condon by marriage. In the late 1980s, the man was mysteriously questioned by a coworker as to his feelings about the Bulgers, of which the man knew nothing. As a boy the man had been frequently brought to Castle Island shortly after Bulger signed on. The boys medical records disappeared after 1995,when Bulger disappeared and "TJ" suddenly turned on him as well as individuals involved in the boy's past re-appearing with new identities. Strange occurrences and encounters continue to this day in the man's workplace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The federal government apparently prepared for what was to be going down in this case in the early 1990s. One person was befriended by a man in the early 1990s with italian/irish roots who also maintained a 500/700 phone number and appeared to be recording the individual with carefully prepared statements and questions to be used against them later,as if to discredit that person who may be a witness in the future. This befriending individual apparently had close ties(allegedly with NSA) with someone with the ability to access phone records. The same individual was befriended by others with ties to the federal government back in the 1970s and who arranged for semi-annual outings to Castle Island, a favorite Bulger haunt. The individual was also befriended and later dumped quickly when Bulger fled by close friends with ties to Weld-Cellucci unknown to them and treated as a sudden inexplicable enemy. Those ties saw to it that this individual would be unemployable in Massachusetts. The person had phones tapped,redirected,monitored and bank accounts monitored. The person had no criminal background and had their apartment surreptitiously entered. All of this went on from 1995-2000 and continued into New Hampshire.
nascarrudy More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting and enjoyable read!! However,one might demand answers in this case such as: 1) Were crimes allowed used as leverage in securing the enduring cooperation of informants i.e. collateral for future services? 2) Were NSA or other high level personnel involved? 3)Why does the FBI police itself through OPR? Shouldn't an independent branch be responsible for this? 4)IF the FBI is corruptible, imagine other intelligence agencies or federal bodies such as the IRS. How corrupt is the IRS?? 5)Why is there no agency which can protect government whistleblowers citing abuse by their respective agencies? 6) What abuses are going on as we speak which are cloaked using government security? 7) What if any protections are there against deception and fraud in enlisting individuals cooperating with agencies for those individuals who may unknowingly be signing on with an agency which will use and set them up?
y2k_maven More than 1 year ago
Not being a Boston native, this book tells a tale that was unknown to me. The Bulger brothers spun a web of crime, patronage and graft that seems almost unbelievable. Whitey Bulger could have been the real-life subject of the Nicholson/DiCaprio movie "The Departed." A mobster in every sense of the word, he controlled vice in Boston for decades, willing to take whatever measures necessary to reain his grip on his enterprises. Billy Bulger was more conventional yet no less brutal in his ways. As a long-time politician from Boston, he was every bit as feared and ruthless as his mobster brother. The only problem I had after reading this book was trying to decide which Bulger brother was the bigger crook. I loved this book and was sad to reach the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the read - holds your attention!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Biased, filled with evident exaggerations & untruths... terrible read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth your time!