Thursday, June 23, 2011

Whitey Bulger CAUGHT!

This is probably only a curiousity item for most of you, but here in Boston this is probably the biggest local news story in very long time. James "Whitey" Bulger has been CAPTURED after 17 years on the run.

Bulger was South Boston's very own master-mobster in the 70s and 80s, leader of the feared "Winter Hill Gang" that more-or-less OWNED organized crime in the city for decades. He'd been a career criminal for almost his entire adult life - while interred at Alcatraz in the late-50s, he was one of the human test-subjects in the CIA's infamous MKULTRA Project. And in case he didn't already sound like something out of a bad movie, he had a "good guy" brother who was a State Senate President and President of the University of Massachusetts during the same period he running his syndicate.

At the height of his power, he was essentially untouchable; operating practically right out in the open yet invincible to police and making short work of rival gangs - he's even reputed to have double-crossed the IRA without incurring direct retribution. As it turned out *gasp!* his power had a less-than-mythic source: He was protected by his status as a high-level FBI informant. (Yes, this is where Frank Costello in "The Departed" mostly came from.) In 1994, his FBI handler allegedly tipped him off that arrest was imminent - driving a bitter wedge between Boston cops and the FBI that lingers to this day - and he'd been on the run ever since.

I'll promise you this: There are A LOT of aging gangsters in Boston being woken up to some bad news by their underlings and/or shady live-in grandkids right now - this is a guy who knows where ALL the bodies are buried, and probably won't be hesitant to resume his guts-spilling now. He was at one point, for example, believed to have had a hand in (or at least knowledge of) the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist - the largest single property theft (by value) in recorded history.

7 comments:

Drunken Lemur said...

Neato. Think they can make a good movie out of this?

Blue Highwind said...

Oh man. I was hoping Whitey could stay on the run forever and remain a legend.

Adam said...

Wow, I've never heard of this guy but now I kind of want a movie or book about him.

Kyle said...

Hooray for our side.

capmwgoggles said...

the two number one entries on the FBI's most wanted in one year... amazing

Ezenwa said...

This doesn't have much to do with the apprehension, but I think there's some prevalence:

Bob, have you seen "Kill the Irishmen" staring Ray Stevenson?

metaphyzxx said...

First: Oh shoot! You're in Boston?!
Second: it was a shocker to me, cuz I remember when they dug up the area around state street bank, and had search dogs and helicopters on the property while I was at work there because they found like 11 bodies or something like that back in 01. I almost got into an accident driving in this morning when I heard it.