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

by Howie Carr
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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!