Former Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe staffer Gerard O'Neill could pass as a prosecutor,
right off the set of, say, Law and Order. O'Neill is polite, almost soft
spoken, but there is a hint of a killer instinct lurking beneath the poised
exterior coiled to jump -- perhaps just for the fun of it.
Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen cut their teeth at
the Boston Herald before they were hired by the Boston Globe. As a result, they
have a touch more edge than some of their colleagues at Morrissey Boulevard. And -- interesting enough -- a touch more
charm. Their book, Whitey Bulger: America's
Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought him to Justice, has hit the New York Times Best Seller List.
So I picked up a copy of Boston Globe writer Emily Sweeney's Boston Organized Crime last night (her release bash was at the very fitting speakeasy-esque Stoddard's), and have been ogling the damn thing ever since. I'm a junkie for gangland stories and mob culture, and this project packs pages and pages of pics and plots that I simply had no clue about.
Whether you've been eavesdropping on Southie barstools for the past week or just reading through the Herald's daily Whitey dedication, there's no escaping speculation about what might become of New England's most notorious modern criminal. With that said, as the world waits patiently for updates, we've imagined endings to a saga that's been kindling for decades, and that only now seems to be exploding.
"I have this recurring dream all the time. I see him in New York. I see him
walking down the street. And I pull him aside into a doorway. And I ask him,
‘Why? Why would you be an informant? Why would you do that? Something you've always
preached against?' And then, that's when I snap his neck."
That's John "Red" Shea, five years ago, describing what he'd do if he
ever happened to bump into his former boss and mentor, Whitey Bulger, on the
Last night in Santa Monica, CA, the 16-year-long manhunt for South
Boston Irish mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger came to an end. The
81-year-old Bulger was number one on the FBI's most wanted list from
1995 until 9/11/01 for "his role in 19 murders committed from the early
1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership of an
organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals,
and other illegal activities in the Boston, Massachusetts, area,"
according to the Feds.
The sentencing memorandum filed by Boston federal prosecutors last week, seeking
between 33 and 41 months incarceration for convicted former Boston City
Councilor Chuck Turner, is no ordinary document. (Today, Judge Douglas Woodlock imposed a sentence of 36 months.)
From the first line, the memorandum reads like the coked-up
rant of a paranoid regime, infuriated that any of its subjects would dare speak
It's not online yet, but the February edition of WIRED magazine -- a special issue devoted to the underworld -- has a long piece about Mohan Srivastava, a "geological statistician" who used some very simple math that exposed a major flaw in certain types of scratch tickets. The gist of it is that by reading what's on the outside of an unscratched card, he can tell the winners from the losers.