Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Washington Times Review Of 'Most Wanted: Pursuing Whitey Bulger, The Murderous Mob Chief The FBI Secretly Protected'

The Washington Times ran my review of Thomas J. Foley's book on the notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger yesterday.

Foley is a retired head of the Massachusetts State Police and he recounts his long investigation of Bulger and his gang in Most Wanted.

James "Whitey" Bulger led a charmed life until he was finally arrested in California on June 23, 2011.
Mr. Bulger, the alleged former crime boss of an Irish-American crime family based in South Boston, was about to be arrested in 1995 but was tipped off and he disappeared. He was a fugitive from justice for 16 years, ranking on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives second only to Osama bin Laden.
After Mr. Bulger went on the run, it came out that he had a “special relationship” with the FBI and for many years, it shielded him from local law enforcement and other federal agencies. Mr. Bulger was an FBI “top-echelon informant,” providing information that helped the feds lock up his Italian-American Cosa Nostra rivals and other competitors in the Boston area. Once his rivals were in prison, Mr. Bulger purportedly took over their criminal enterprises.

You can read the rest of my review via the below link:

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