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So Many ‘Whitey’ Bulger Books! Even He’s Writing One

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Long before James “Whitey” Bulger was captured in California in 2011, the notorious mobster was the subject of more than a dozen books.

Now that he’s been convicted and headed to prison for life, many more books are in the works – “books by relatives of his victims, books by his crime compatriots, books by cops and prosecutors,” LA Weekly reports.

One of those authors is none other than Bulger, who had written more than 100 pages of his memoir when he was arrested in his Santa Monica apartment, LA Weekly wrote.

Of all the books written about this “amazing crime story,” the LA Weekly recommended “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice,” by Boston Globe writers Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy.

The book “is the product of a combined 50 years of covering Bulger. But more than densely detailed reporting, it also brings amazing human-interest insight made possible by the authors’ geographic proximity: Cullen lived in South Boston for most of Bulger’s reign; Murphy graduated from South Boston High School.”

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Fundraiser for FBI Agent Karen Pabon, Who Died of Cancer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents are trying to help out the family of special agent Karen Pabon, who died recently after battling cancer..

Pabon was a was assigned to the South Jersey RA on their JTTF for the past year and a half and was in the Philly office for about 5 years before that.

She leaves behind a four-year-old autistic daughter Reegan Isabella Donnelly and husband Dan, Donnelly who is a deputy U.S. Marshal.

A fund raiser is planned to help the family on Oct. 24 in Philadelphia.

To get details on how to buy a ticket or donate to the family, click here.

 

Weekend Series on Crime: Mob Hitmen

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How Authorities Tracked Down Alleged ‘Silk Road’ Founder

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities knew him as the “Dread Pirate Roberts” and the founder of the largest online marketplace for illegal drugs.

His sophisticated site, called Silk Road, made it nearly impossible for authorities to trace him or the users because of an encryption network and digital currency called “bitcoin.”

But FBI agents finally tracked down the alleged founder, 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht, after he posted his Gmail address online, CNN reports.

Experts were able to track him down at a San Francisco library.

The site allegedly sold drugs, fake IDs, guns and even hitmen.

Justice Department Accused of Keeping Public Records from Being Released

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama pledged to run a transparent administration that respects public access to records.

But an internal audit of the Justice Department recently found excessive secrecy, according to Slate.

The audit found “persistent misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of certain classification processes.”

For example, a review of documents found that information was marked as secret despite containing no classified information, Slate reported.

Border Patrol Agents to Work without Paychecks Until Government Reopens

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents, who are considered vital to protecting the safety of Americans, are working throughout the government shutdown.

But they – 52,000 of the 59,000 employees of CBP, might not see a paycheck until the government reopens, the Tucson Weekly reports.

Working without pay is a “slap in the face,” said Shawn Moran, vice president at large of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing agents.

“We’re all out here serving our country, whether it’s overseas or on the border,” Moran said.

Moran said he worries about some employees because they live paycheck to paycheck while being expected to work.

 

Wife of Slain Border Patrol Agent Speaks Out for First Time

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol Agent Nick Ivie thought he was tracking down Mexican drug smugglers in October 2012 when a shootout unfolded.

Ivie was fatally shot by a fellow officer who believed Ivie was a criminal.

For the first time, his wife, Christy Ivie, spoke out about the shooting, CBS 5 reports.

“There were four agents there. They told me there had been a shooting and he had been shot and killed. And it was unbelievable. I just remember saying, ‘No, no!’ over again.”

Then Ivie discovered the shooting was from friendly fire.

“I think it’s harder because I don’t have someone to be angry at. I don’t have someone to blame. It wasn’t a bad guy that he was up against. So that’s hard,” Ivie said.

Investigators Search for More Clues in Capitol Car Chase That Ended in Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This much we know: A woman with a 1-year-old girl in her black car provoked a shootout Thursday that ended her life after she triggered a chase through the heart of Washington D.C., CNN reports.

The driver was Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut.

But we don’t know why.

Investigators are searching for clues today, contacting family members and friends.

In December, Carey’s boyfriend told authorities that she was struggling with postpartum depression and was delusional.

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