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Jury selection for the trial of Boston mobster and onetime FBI informant James "Whitey" Bulger begins today. He was captured in 2011 after having been on the lam since 1994. Whitey faces nineteen murder charges and several racketeering charges for his storied career in organized crime. If you'd like to know more about the life and deeds of this notorious crime figure, the Richland Library has several books that are well worth reading. (Bulger is also thought to have been the basis for the character Frank Costello, portrayed by Jack Nicholson, in the 2006 motion picture The Departed, which the library also has on DVD.)


Amazon Says: Martin Scorsese's latest crime drama is a winner! Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg, The Departed has already received 6 Golden Globe Aw more...
Amazon Says: Martin Scorsese's latest crime drama is a winner! Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg, The Departed has already received 6 Golden Globe Awards. The 2-DVD Special Edition is really special, too, loaded with bonus features including the feature-length TCM documentary "Scorsese On Scorsese," plus additional scenes with introductions by Scorsese. Anyone who admires Scorsese's work will have to have the special edition. less...
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Amazon Says: This unforgettable narrative follows the astonishing career and epic manhunt for Whitey Bulger—a gangster whose life was more sensational than fiction. Raised in a South Bos more...
Amazon Says: This unforgettable narrative follows the astonishing career and epic manhunt for Whitey Bulger—a gangster whose life was more sensational than fiction. Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career—from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders. It was after a nine-year stint in Alcatraz and other prisons that Whitey reunited with his brother William "Billy" Bulger, who was soon to become one of Massachusetts’s most powerful politicians. He also became reacquainted with John Connolly, who had grown up around the corner from the Bulgers and was now—with Billy’s help—a rising star at the FBI. Once Whitey emerged triumphant from the bloody Boston gang wars, Connolly recruited him as an informant against the Mafia. Their clandestine relationship made Whitey untouchable; the FBI overlooked gambling, drugs, and even homicide to protect their source. Among the close-knit Irish community in South Boston, nothing was more important than honor and loyalty, and nothing was worse than being a rat. Whitey is charged with the deaths of nineteen people killed over turf, for business, and even for being informants; yet to this day he denies he ever gave up his friends or landed anyone in jail. Based on exclusive access and previously undisclosed documents, Cullen and Murphy explore the truth of the Whitey Bulger story. They reveal for the first time the extent of his two parallel family lives with different women, as well as his lifelong paranoia stemming in part from his experience in the CIA’s MKULTRA program. They describe his support of the IRA and his hitherto-unknown role in the Boston busing crisis, and they show a keen understanding of his mindset while on the lam and behind bars. The result is the first full portrait of this legendary criminal figure—a gripping story of wiseguys and cops, horrendous government malfeasance, and a sixteen-year manhunt that climaxed in Whitey’s dramatic capture in Santa Monica in June 2011. 16 pages of photographs less...
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Amazon Says: From the bestselling authors of Black Mass comes the definitive biography of Whitey Bulger, the most brutal and sadistic crime boss since Al Capone.   Drawing on a t more...
Amazon Says: From the bestselling authors of Black Mass comes the definitive biography of Whitey Bulger, the most brutal and sadistic crime boss since Al Capone.   Drawing on a trove of sealed files and previously classified material, Whitey digs deep into the mind of James J. “Whitey” Bulger, the crime boss and killer who brought the FBI to its knees. He is an American original --a psychopath who fostered a following with a frightening mix of terror, deadly intimidation and the deft touch of a politician who often helped a family in need meet their monthly rent. But the history shows that despite the early false myths portraying him as a Robin Hood figure, Whitey was a supreme narcissist, and everything--every interaction with family and his politician brother Bill Bulger, with underworld cohorts, with law enforcement, with his South Boston neighbors, and with his victims--was always about him. In an Irish-American neighborhood where loyalty has always been rule one, the Bulger brand was loyalty to oneself.                  Whitey deconstructs Bulger's insatiable hunger for power and control. Building on their years of reporting and uncovering new Bulger family records, letters and prison files, Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill examine and reveal the factors and forces that created the monster. It's a deeply rendered portrait of evil that spans nearly a century, taking Whitey from the streets of his boyhood Southie in the 1940s to his cell in Alcatraz in the 1950s to his cunning, corrupt pact with the FBI in the 1970s and, finally, to Santa Monica, California where for fifteen years he was hiding in plain sight as one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted. In a lifetime of crime and murder that ended with his arrest in June 2011, Whitey Bulger became one of the most powerful and deadly crime bosses of the twentieth century. This is his story. less...
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Amazon Says: The Jack Nicholson film The Departed didn’t tell half of their story. A poor kid from the slums, Robert Fitzpatrick grew up to become a stellar FBI agent and challenge the c more...
Amazon Says: The Jack Nicholson film The Departed didn’t tell half of their story. A poor kid from the slums, Robert Fitzpatrick grew up to become a stellar FBI agent and challenge the country’s deadliest gangsters. Relentless in his desire to catch, prosecute, and convict Whitey Bulger, Fitzpatrick fought the nation’s most determined cop-gangster battle since Melvin Purvis hunted, confronted, and killed John Dillinger. In his crusade to bring Bulger to justice, Fitzpatrick faced not only Whitey but also corrupt FBI agents, along with political cronies and enablers from Boston to Washington who, in one way or another, blocked his efforts at every step. Even when Fitzpatrick discovered the very organization to which he had sworn allegiance was his biggest obstacle, the agent continued to pursue Whitey and his gang . . . knowing that they were prepared to murder anyone who got in their way.    less...
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Amazon Says: In this riveting "New York Times" bestseller, award-winning columnist Howie Carr reveals for the first time the true lives and dark deeds of two of Boston's most infamous sons more...
Amazon Says: In this riveting "New York Times" bestseller, award-winning columnist Howie Carr reveals for the first time the true lives and dark deeds of two of Boston's most infamous sons in one of the most compelling real-life family sagas of modern times. Available in a special oversized format. less...
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Amazon Says: John "Red" Shea was a top enforcer in South Boston Irish "Godfather" Whitey Bulger's mob for the last ten years of Bulger's reign, responsible for overseeing Bulger's multi-mi more...
Amazon Says: John "Red" Shea was a top enforcer in South Boston Irish "Godfather" Whitey Bulger's mob for the last ten years of Bulger's reign, responsible for overseeing Bulger's multi-million dollar narcotics empire. He was a cold-blooded, lethal enforcer and loyal hit man and climbed through the ranks of Bulger's empire quickly. When caught and faced with harsh prison time, Shea did not rat out his mob compatriots but held fast to the Irish code of silence. He honored the traditions of his neighborhood and his culture, and so even today in Boston, Shea is upheld as an icon and a rare man of honor. At age 39, Shea has now completed his 12-year federal prison sentence and is living on the right side of the law, but he will not apologize for his past. less...
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