Bulger Guilty in Gangland Crimes, Including Murder

James (Whitey) Bulger, the mobster who terrorized South Boston in the 1970s and ’80s as leader of the Winter Hill Gang, faces a sentence of life in prison.

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  1. There was never any doubt for the guilt of Whitey Bulger. It was only a matter of how many counts. The man is legendary, not even Jack Nicholson could portray the brutal killer, two faced, criminal Whitey was. Everyone was expendable.
    The real crime is his brother William, aided and abetted his brother Whitey for decades, and not a word on that subject. One the movie never played to. Corruption so deep, deep all the way to who was the Massachusetts State Senate President, one William Bulger brother of Whitey.
    Now living off a state pension in six figures. You see, some things never change.

  2. Yeah, those pensions, compliments of taxpayers. Congressmen, four-star Army Generals and other public servants have been discredited over the years and "cleared" by one U.S. agency or the other. Throw at least a couple of U.S. presidents into the mix. There are all types of crimes, but the motives of those who commit them are often the same: power and greed.

  3. It's an odd story that William Bulger was State Senate President, and later president of the University of Massachusetts, while his brother Whitey was a mob kingpin. I am also surprised that there hasn't been more media coverage of that fact.

    However, I don't know any serious complicity that William Bulger had in his brother's criminal activity. The worst I had heard was that Billy Bulger may have known, at least at one point, where Whitey was hiding, but refused to testify to that fact. For that reason, he was forced to resign as president of UMass.

    I don't believe anyone has evidence that William Bulger was complicit in his brother's murder or racketeering crimes.

  4. One thing has changed. No one has heard a peep out of Billy for months.

  5. Why was the FBI helping this crime boss? This is not an isolated case. Do his victims have a civil case against the US government? Have FBI staff been punished? I am increasing less trustful of law enforcement and government security forces, e.g. Homneland Security, NSA, etc.

  6. Yes, John Connolly, the FBI agent who tipped of Bulger and Flemmi was tried and convicted, not only of racketeering and corruption, but for the murder of the CPA who could link Bulger to the Winter Hill gang.

    Connolly served ten years in the Fed pen, and is now serving 40 years for the murder charge in a Florida state prison.

  7. Don it was all part of FBI infatuation with bringing down the New Enland Mafia from, ( pardon spelling ) Genarro Angulio, Frank Salemme, and the Providence R.I. head of the N.E. family. That's the truth..

  8. The FBI agents involved, Connoly and his supervisor, Morris, made their deal with this monster in order to feather their own nests and boost their careers. In exchange for Bulger providing information which aided their pursuit of the Italian Mafia in Boston, they traded information that allowed Bulger to operate notoriously. They encouraged this rat to drop a dime on other mobsters in exchange for a free pass and a heads up at the right time.

    Jail time is insufficient punishment for the two turncoat FBI agents. They defaced and demeaned the Boston office of the FBI and thwarted ongoing investigations by the State Police, all in the pursuit of their own promotions.
    A perfect resolution would be to jail all three together for the rest of their lives.

    May all of the victims rest in peace and may their families find some comfort in the solid job performed by the jury.

  9. It comes as no surprise to me as a defense practitioner that the Government licenses criminal conduct. Whitey had a franchise as do others and those franchises go on today with the culture of the "confidential informant" who buys his criminal career and his "get out of jail free" card by delivering others to law enforcement so the cops can make careers without the painful necessity of investigation and gathering evidence and telling the truth in court.

  10. Who is targeted for arrest and who is enabled by police, and who decides which group a suspect falls into, is the sort of thing that I think gets overlooked when people get overly enthusiastic about turning over a lot of discretion to law enforcement -- people seem to assume that all in law enforcement are living up to idealized versions of them. If you've ever known someone who was framed by law enforcement, you feel quite differently, just as people impacted by the sort of corruption involved with Bulger have a perspective not everybody else has.

  11. Good. Bring up the FBI agents and their bosses next for murder.

  12. Former agent John Connolly has already been tried and convicted for multiple Federal and State crimes, including murder.

  13. Nothing about Mr. Bulger is admirable or commendable. He is not charming, romantic, or even in the end interesting. He is a detestable thug. One can at best only wish him now a long life.

  14. Good to hear that the murderous rat, Bulger, will die in jail (a life sentence at his age might last ten years, if that). Wasn't ever any doubt of his guilt, but I'm glad the case didn't go horribly wrong and acquit him. I really hope that he lives long enough in the slammer to see the day when he's been completely forgotten by the outside world.

  15. Whitey scribbling notes for his memoir? Who? Why? would anyone in their right mind spend 1cent reading anything he'd have to say? And I cannot imagine any business wanting their name associated with such a publication.

  16. I think you are not in touch with modern American media or the modern American mind. Well, same is true in all countries at all times. I'm sure many publishers would like to publish such a thing and many would buy it and read it. It's the human condition. Sad but true.

  17. I would love to read Bulger's memoir. The truest tales are the best story.

  18. Let's hope the surviving family members of those he murdered (or ordered murdered) sue the publisher and Bulger in civil court for any profits and proceeds from his "memoir."

    Ditto to anyone who makes a movie.....

  19. Reading accounts of the lighthearted way William Bulger's children chatted about their uncle Whitey's "exploits" leaves one with a sick feeling. To think of the huge pension Billy B. collects from the Commonwealth when the legitimate needs of others go unmet is a silent tragedy in this whole ugly mess.

  20. Little Billy Bulger should have been in prison years ago. That little leprechaun is as guilty as sin for the theft alone of the millions of taxpayers dollars.

  21. As far as I know, Billy hasn't been convicted of a crime, and he served your state through a long career. Loving your brother, even if he's a monster, isn't a crime. If you know of any crime that Billy has committed, feel free to spill the beans right here.

  22. DKM- Billy Boy made 100,000"s on the 75 State St project. William Weld as Asst U.S. Attorney General spent years trying to nail Billy. Boston politics ( read- obstruction) prevented him from succeeding.

  23. Why is there no prosecution of FBI agents who facilitated his murders?

  24. John Connolly, the FBI agent who tipped off Bulger, was tried, sentenced and convicted - in both Federal and State courts. He served ten years in a Federal prison for racketeering charges, and and is now serving a forty-year sentence in state prison in Florida for the second degree murder for the 1982 slaying of John B. Callahan.

  25. One of those agents, John Connolly, was convicted twice, once in Boston and once in Florida, of crimes related to Bulger gang, He is currently incarcerated. Another, John Morris, received immunity in return for his testimony in a related Federal case, while a third, H. Paul Rico, who was retired at the time, died of natural causes while being prosecuted for his role in one of the murders for which Bulger was convicted today. There may have been others in the Boston FBI office who apparently had some involvement, but these three were the most active and prominent among the agents involved with the Bulger gang. Were they to be identified, those in the Washington headquarters of the FBI who might have encouraged the retention of Bulger as an informant were more detached, geographically and physically, from what was going on in Boston, and their prosecution would seem to be problematic

  26. John Connelly is in prison ,, an ex FBI Agent. He is the one who most facilitated Whitey's rise to power & promenence of it. John now rots in the federal penal system.

  27. Sometimes the line is indistinguishable between criminals and law enforcers.

    It always seems bizarre when a sentence is for life PLUS a certain number of years in addition. The notorious example of that was Leopold and Loeb, who were sentenced to Life PLUS 99 years, and yet one of them managed to be released from prison.

    James Bulger seems eminently deserving of spending the rest of his miserable life in prison.

    3:36 p.m .

  28. That's because a sentence like "life", or "99 years" aren't used literally. They are rather more like legal terms. For instance "life" really means something like "at the most: life", which can be whittled down in various ways by a number of years. So if someone has 4 life sentenences consecutively it means they have to whittle all this down before possibly getting parole. Likewise, life without parole is a different story. ..

  29. The guilty verdict may give some comfort or satisfaction to the families of Mr. Bulgur's victims. But it seems that there are still so many rocks to lift before justice is done. So many creeps and monsters, so little time . . .

  30. A snitch,
    A killer of defenseless women.

    Empowered by the FBI.

  31. ".....Some were lured into traps and shot. Others were felled in a hail of bullets. Some were bound in chains and shot at close range. Two women were strangled. Afterward, Mr. Bulger would routinely take a nap while others cleaned up the mess, which included removing the teeth of victims so their bodies could not be identified. The corpses were shoveled under the dirt floor of a basement or tossed into a car trunk and dumped in a shallow grave....." Mr. Geary reads the above, and more, and the first accusation he hurls at Bulger is ".....A snitch.....". Amazing!

  32. This guy did not die before being sent to prison for the 'rest of his life' (a war criminal recently did before he could be put on trial.

    At may age I would NOT like to spend any time in prison but, after all, I never hurt anyone, a human being or an animal.

    Prisons, I think make sense when you are under 55 or so. After that, to incarcerate anyone may become rather costly with all the medical care.

    Our case here in California (at least part of it, not the whole story).

  33. So what do we do with Mr. Whitey?Tell him he has been a bad, bad man, then let him go?

  34. Now, when are the FBI agents going to be prosecuted? Oh, I forgot, they are federal flunkies, and they'll claim it's all highly classified and has everything to do with national security, so of course no one can hold them accountable. It's enough to make you sick.

  35. Agent John Connolly has already been tried, convicted, and imprisoned.

  36. Duh, they were prosecuted...one of them is doing 40 years in Florida.

  37. The saddest part of the entire deal is that he lived as a free man for so long. There's nothing romantic about this thug.....just a stone cold killer with no regard for anyone or anything other than himself and money.

  38. Today he would had run for Congress and voted with the rest of the criminals to earn his millions in the white collar crimes of today and been TOO BIG TO JAIL !!!

  39. For someone who commits heinous crimes and then escapes prosecution for so long, a life sentence at age 83 is way too charitable. Maybe a life sentence at hard labor would be closer to attaining justice.

  40. “Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.”

    ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    4:06 p.m.

  41. perfect comment, and such is sometimes justice, we must remember.

  42. Too bad he isn't younger.

  43. Is anyone surprised?

  44. This is the real Tony Soprano that everyone loved. How do you like him now?

  45. Whotey never went to a shrink.

  46. Can we leave that maligning stereotype of Italians out of this?

  47. Really, this is how you understand theatrical drama?

  48. Whitey got what he deserved, just not soon enough. The man is a monster, plain and simple, and it's a shame he was not sent to prison earlier. It makes you wonder if anyone in government or law enforcement helped him to remain a fugitive all these years.

  49. It makes you wonder? Where have you been? The FBI still have a lot to answer for on this one.

  50. Bulger as Scarpia? Love that Puccini reference!!!

  51. A murderous punk.... A myth in his own mind.

  52. No mention of his brother William, the democrat president of the Senate, that had no idea his brother was a gangster.

    I guess he didn't get out much?

  53. And also served as President of UMass, by the way.
    You're right -- he was shocked, shocked.

  54. Of course he knew. So what? Are you responsible for what other adults do, whether or not they are related to you?

  55. MT.... hmmm. Yrs. have you ever heard of aiding and abetting?

  56. The American legal system is more amusement than system of justice. Operating at a snail pace, it has proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be both ineffective and inefficient. A simple laundry chute into the furnace and on to the abyss would suffice for offenders such as James Whitey Bulger. A life sentence at 84 will be dramatically announced, appealed endlessly and again the taxpayer will foot the bill and be intentionally left victimized. In a society than can’t stomach the death penalty for murderers and would rather glorify them with photos and news stories, why do we have a society promoting the killing of innocents, either by drone or surgeon’s scalpel?

  57. You are somewhat mislead. As a country, we lead the world, together with Iran, China and others in death penalty execution rates. And which innocents do we kill by the surgeon's scalpel? Are you referring to abortions? There is no scalpel there, thanks for providing a dramatic image meant to mislead the innocent reader.

  58. I guess you forgot that plenty of innocents have already been killed by wrongful guilty verdicts, as people were too busy using the laundry chutes to take the time to make a proper determination of innocence or guilt.

  59. In most civilized countries he would be considered to old to jail. Not here.

  60. Having a society that doesn't discriminate on the basis of anything (including age) means not discriminating on the basis of anything (including age).

  61. But with his track record of amoral murder and mayhem, seems like the only reasonable alternative to jailing him is to give him a swimming lesson with concrete shoes. I have difficulty believing that in any civilized country they'd say, "oh he's a mass murderer and has been a vicious criminal for decades, but let's let him walk free because he's so old and feeble".

  62. Good!

  63. The only justice in this case is not that Whitey got convicted. He will not pay in proportion to his awful crimes. But Whitey's world is, one hopes, gone and the survivors are somewhat educated about the dangers of keeping silent or working for the bad guys.

  64. Martorano (he who shall remain n-credible!) claims, in his book, that whitey was able to sic the FBI on Billy's political opponents.

  65. As I read the article headline ("Bulger Guilty in Gangland Crimes, Including Murder"), I thought, "Gee, Ya think?"

  66. And his brother BillyBulger, who knew nothing of course while he was in charge at the State House, is drawing a state pension in excess of $300,000 per year.

    Must be nice.

  67. So what?

  68. It's a shame, brave people don't stick together like bullies do.

  69. Per Mr. Cardinale: "The depth of depravity is stunning". As it was in the Boston marathon bombing, the Ariel Castro case in Cleveland, etc. I'm not a believer, but sometimes - I hope there really is a hell.

  70. Bulger is no Teflon don. These charges will stick.

  71. It's a shame that all the FBI who were complicit won't be sharing cells with Whitey (as his brother, William, should).
    What ever happened to H. Paul Rico and Dennis Condon, the FBI agents who started it all, letting these mad dogs run wild as innocent men rotted in prison. Nobody talks about that.

  72. Poor Whitey. Whatever he did or is accused of doing does not rate the rest of his life in jail. Why not public service? Or lecturing young people? Just because Whitey was harsh does not mean we must be.

    And what of the $822,000 Whitey did not have a chance to launder? That has to count for something. Think it over.

  73. Is this sarcasm?

  74. Surely you're joking.

  75. If this sounds arrogant, sorry, but imo the NYT is no place for cheep snark. Save it for the Huffington Post. This is the paper of record, behave yourself.

  76. Heartening that readers are calling out Whitey's little brother Billy....time for him to face some music.

  77. Yes, Billy Bulger had a hand in this from the early days. There is more to be investigated about his role in securing FBI protection for, and using his power in govt. to protect, Whitey (not to mention his own profiting, and his own use of the shakedown in the 75 State St. case -- see e.g. David Boeri at the WBUR website, on this). There's also more to find out about Whitey's contacts in Boston when he was on the lam, and where his money is.

  78. Excellent points made here. The Bulgers played off each other, wielding power from both sides of the law. The last time they tried to question Billy, he fainted like a school girl and was taken out by ambulance. But, Whitey was tough if he had 3 guys for back up while strangling young girls. Biggest family of rats in history.

  79. The man has gotten too much publicity already; lock him up and throw away the key. No more ink.

  80. Well, maybe life plus 150 years with 5 years off for good behavior.

    We must not forget that there is evidence that in 1952 he gave a blind beggar a wooden nickle. So this is one instance of his positive side.

  81. Amazing. How do you murder people, go have dinner, then sleep for 8 hours.

  82. easily if that's your thing. as it was in the case of this mundane monster.

  83. The boys in the Pentagon do it , but on a much grander scale and they have no problem sleeping. And the people they kill do not deserve killing because they have done nothing to deserve killing other than their countries sit on oil or mineral deposits or they have markets that US Multination Corporations want to dominate.. At least most of the people Whitey killed were just like him, criminals. And so far as the killing of innocent bystanders goes, the Pentagon made that legitimate a long, long time ago, only they call it collateral damage. 26 wedding parties and counting in Afghanistan. And Iraq? No one even has a clue how many slaughtered there just because their leader had a falling out with the Bush family.

    It´s as American as Apple Pie.

  84. It is very difficult for normal human beings to understand how a faux human being can commit monstrous acts without remorse. This is because most of us have a conscience and empathy for other people. Psychopaths like Whitey Bulger are sub-human, yet have the ability to charm and deceive. They are, in my estimation, the devil incarnate.

  85. May he live to 150.

  86. Brother Billy belongs behind bars with him.

  87. Yes, he certainly does. But unfortunately William Bulger will never join his brother James behind bars because William is "respectable" than Whitey..

  88. We used to ask "Where's Whitey?". Now we ask "Where's Billy?"

  89. This is all locking the barn door after the horse has been stolen, just as with the Ridulph case.

  90. Remember John Gotti, The Teflon Don? he was a celebrity way back when and ended up dying of cancer in a Federal maximum prison.

  91. Still think that the FBI was corrupt, Whitey absconded, so, they spent years and untold amounts of $$$$ to 'save face'?

  92. The FBI was corrupt from it´s inception. Starting right with J Edgar Hoover.It never was a legitimate law enforcement agency, more like a publicity agency for Hoover and his successors. The list of political persecutions, corruption, complicity in organized crime and false sting operations is endless in it´s history. Along with the NSA it should be scrapped as a bad idea that only got a lot worse with it´s implementation into the American social fabric. It is a major part of what is wrong with American law enforcement.

  93. And to think, good ol' Whitey would have never been stopped and frisked in NYC or profiled in Sanford, FL by the neighborhood watch.

  94. He bought off the FBI, for goodness sakes! Hey, why not just go burn a store in Oakland.

  95. 83 and life imprisonment. When one evacuates detritus it gets flushed.So should
    Mr. Bulger.

  96. I have more respect for Bulger and his crimes than I do for the repulsive lot that operate Wall Street.

  97. Ernie: you might want to rethink that statement...

  98. You can't mean that. Bulger's people pulled out people's teeth to prevent their identification. They stole an innocent man's livelihood. They terrorized entire neighborhoods. One of his compadres raped his wife's daughter and later murdered her. Another victim was a case of mistaken identitty. These crimes were so personal and vicious. You cannot compare Whitey to Wall Street. Apples and oranges. Whitey is a monster.

  99. Well, that shows a healthy regard for human life. I'm sure that Bulger's victims would view it differently.

  100. So that's where the plot for The Departed came from!

  101. And look more closely at the Jack Nicholson character....

  102. The FBI needs to do a better job of policing itself.
    There's a dangerous new trend of organized crime working with terrorists.
    Here's a link to a story on the DOD web site.

    http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=67721

    There's also a dangerous new trend of youth gangs, terrorists, , organized crime, and crooked private investigators using illegal surveillance to steal intellectual property, conduct industrial espionage, and terrorize private US citizens.

    In many cases, its probably being done with gear available at places like "the spy shop" or "spy spot" or illegal devices available from hacker and terrorist web sites.

    Reports of ""Gang stalking" and "electronic terrorism" abound on the internet, and my 90 year old mother and me have been victims of it ourselves.

    We've visited the FBI and they've done nothing about it (to the best of our knowledge)

    The FBI needs to focus on this dangerous new threat to US citizens,. investigate complaints of electronic terrorism and bring the perps to justice, and the courts need to send a strong message in cases of high-tech terrorism.

  103. Bye Whitey. Not sorry to see you go and very sorry we have to pay your way from here on out. Beauty and truth. Things you know nothing about.

  104. couldn't happen to a nicer guy

  105. So who plays Whitey in the next certain to come film? Leonard DiCaprio? Johnny Depp? Matt Damon? Mark Wahlberg? Other suggestions?

  106. Film was already made. Martin Scorsese's The Departed; Jack Nicholson played the role modeled after Mr. Bulger. DiCaprio and Damon also starred. No Depp tho; the plot did not require a character who wore a lot of mascara.

  107. "Mark Wahlberg?" Why not limit your request for suggestions to actors?

  108. It has to be Jack Nicholson, who played a character based on Whitey in the "The Departed"

  109. You know what impressed me the most about this case? The newspaper reporter whom bulgar wanted to have offed, was calm and cool and keep his wits about him. Amazing work by a newspaper reporter who could have easily been killed by the mob. I sure hope the reporter went into hiding way back when he was a target.

  110. To those who were not from around the Boston area his lawyers were trying to make him sound like a hero who help us understand the guilty actions of the FBI on the tube last night. My comment if he was such a hero why did he run?

  111. The defense team was hoping for jury nullifcation from a jury outraged by the role of certain FBI agents' complicity in Bulger's crimes. Of course, nothing anyone else did was going to excuse the horrible crimes committed by Bulger, who was an obscenity on the face of the earth. But I do hope everyone in the FBI who mishandled Bulger gets their comeuppance.

  112. What I don't understand is why someone seriously damaged by this inhuman creep didn't end his sojourn on earth decades ago. That our tax $ were/are invested in him is a travesty, when this $ could be put to good use providing healthcare and education for children.

  113. “This was the worst case of corruption in the history of the F.B.I.,” said Michael D. Kendall, a former federal prosecutor who investigated some aspects of Mr. Bulger’s activities. “It was a multigenerational, systematic alliance with organized crime, where the F.B.I. was actively participating in the murders of government witnesses, or at least allowing them to occur.”

    The worst case they've actually SHARED with us. I'm still waiting to find out which of the five different stories as to how the Boston bombers' friend died, unarmed, of gunshot wounds during an interrogation by the FBI will wind up passed off as the truth.

  114. What happened to the death penalty?

  115. Makes you wonder about the 80 something people who have been shot by FBI agents. All have been cleared by the FBI. A handful received letters of reprimand and nothing else. Do you really feel that your government is protecting you?

  116. I am, and was, a citizen of Boston since the 1980s, and I started in '79 when living in Providence. I was even a grad student at BC while living in Boston in 1986-88, and had my life threatened by a low-life who claimed to "know people..." but the Newton detectives took care of him, pretty fast! 'Whitey' and his long arms could not reach far enough to harm me, boys and girls!
    Now, why should we tax-payers support this 'rat' after he's finally been convicted of multiple murders, and his other shenanigans? Why don't we make 'an exception' on his behalf and ours, and hang this vermin so he can become educated about what it feels like to be strangled, like the young woman he once strangled? Why pay to feed him, house him, even for the remainder of his sorry,final years? #forgetaboutit!
    Any questions? Sincerely, Robert

  117. Years ago there was a movie called "The FBI story"
    For many of US citizens, that's how we thought the FBI was -- the ultimate good guys, protecting us from everyone from organized crime to foreign spies.

    We spend more on our military than the next 13 countries combined, but are unable to protect the safety of our own citizens here at home.

    If the current management of the FBI is unable to do its job it should be replaced, and if the FBI is underfunded that problem should be corrected.

    There's no reason for things like the Robert Hansen, Whitey Bulger debacles -- clearly FBI failed to investigate the FBI itself and its the fault of FBI management to properly address its own internal affairs problems and internal security.

    The FBI should constantly be investigating the FBI -- making sure its agents don't abuse their positions and powers, or their access tot information about US citizens, and to fully investigate leads and complaints from citizens that call them -- and has failed to do so.

    Criminals and terrorists are constantly evolving new methods and techniques and the FBI needs to evolve to address them.

    The FBI needs to mount a major effort to track down people and groups behind the growing problem off "Gang Stalking" and "Electronic Terrorism", bring them to justice and the courts need to hand out harsh sentences for these heinous crimes.

    The FBI needs aggressively address new kinds of terrorism, and wipe out what remains of organized crime -- not enable it.

  118. So, what happened to the corrupt FBI agents? Are they alive or dead and perhaps, if alive, living on a pension?

  119. The best punishment for this guy, at 83, is to let him live in Boston with no money, no health insurance,no medicaid, no means of support in ailing health and manage on his own.
    Then he'd get an idea of how the rest, live.

    Put him in prison and feeding him 3 times a day, TV, health services, and all the glory of 'bad guy worship', hardly seems fitting !

  120. You are right on, tedr ! You got it. And this swine/it had the nerve to insist on his being allowed to retain his, "Stanley Cup Ring?" His team of barristers, allowed, "the court could take all his money, etc. but he did have the one claim for this ring." Can you imagine? Where did he get such a ring; from his self-owned string of pawn shops? Surely, he had nothing whatsoever to do with winning such an item.
    Not to mention the poor excuse of a role-model for Irish boys, his infamous legend leaves behind. 'Hollywood' will glorify him, semi-illiterates will worship his memory, and so on and on... Only in the good old U.S.A. oh, well...

  121. Sounds a like a bit from the plot of the movie "The Departed"