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Published:June 13th, 2013 08:30 EST
Is Whitey Bulger the Last Standing Legendary American Mobster?

Is Whitey Bulger the Last Standing Legendary American Mobster?

By John G. Kays

Whitey Bulger`s trial began yesterday with a bang; time again to fact check, pulling out all our most reliable sources that will tell us truthfully the chronicle of the New England Mob (not by way of Scorsese`s The Departed). My guess is that a good starting place would be the archives of The Boston Globe and of course, the Boston Herald. Whitey`s trial should last at least three or four months, so that should leave us with enough time to do our homicidal homework.

Right from the get go, Whitey`s attorney, J.W. Carney Jr. is denying that Bulger was an informant for the FBI, and is claiming the corrupt agent John J. Connolly Jr. was just making it look that way on paper, covering himself, since he was so frequently seen in the company of the Irish Boss. Actually, the complicated relationship between Whitey and the FBI (really the largest black mark around on their reputation), where he was guaranteed protection for information, is the quintessential centerpiece of his notoriety. 

Well, the 19 homicides, some of which he transacted all by himself, may also have contributed to his infamy or legendary status, ranking up there in the slimy stratospheres with Big Al, John Dillinger, or more recently, the Teflon Don John Gotti. The back story to the trial, which is our primary punch bowl, is the notion that Whitey Bulger`s story of a gangland life-style in the `60s, `70s, and `80s is passe by now, and is really the final chapter in a long line of bigger-than-life American Mobsters (which for some odd reason, many us still admire).

I suspect this is why so many ordinary people will morph to mafia scholars and zealous academics in search of the filthy lucre of shakedowns, hits, and heists, needing to set the record straight for time immemorial and that kind of thing. I mean, this stuff needs to be in a museum in Boston, such as the gun used to kill Brian Halloran, who knew way too much to stay around. And do you expect us to believe everything said by Kevin Weeks or Johnny Martorano, Whitey`s former partners in crime and the prosecution`s principal Rats?

A highly recommended source for the curious is Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, who`s been covering this story (the underbelly of Boston) for God knows how many years. I don`t have his first one, The Brothers Bulger, but I do have Hitman The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano. Yet Hitman is such tough going, I had to hide it for over a year; got it out of storage last night. A record must have been set for mug shot pics from the Boston Police Department files. Noteworthy also, many of these nasty pics are of Whitey`s victims.

I hear Howie himself was targeted by Johnny and Whitey, since they wanted to shut him up for his journalistic integrity, pointing out all their murder and mayhem for ravenous Bostonians to ogle over. I read a piece of Howie`s today, so I know he`s still here and giving us the scoop on a case he`s an expert on. I read on Wikipedia that Martorano still wishes they had taken Howie Carr out, but that would have brought tremendous heat down on Winter Hill, screaming  `it crunches the freedom of the press!` 

I favor Hitman, since it covers an earlier period, including what was going down in the `60s. Actually, Bulger was in jail much of this time. I`d like to learn more about his taking LSD as an experiment of our Government, using convicts as guinea pigs. Okay, I`m going to have toughen up here, get my stomach for it, `cuz we`re going to simulate these Hits all over again, as Whitey Bulger`s entire career is showcased in a Boston courtroom. No more witness protection programs; everything is public domain for now on!