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Boston Globe Reporters Publish New Book: “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy have penned a new biography on mobster James “Whitey” Bulger , which reveals some interesting tidbits about the one-time fugitive accused of killing 19 people.

The book, “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice,” talks about his brooding in his prison cell and how he had been willing to be executed if the feds let his girlfriend Catherine Greig go free.

Ticklethewire.com reported on the content of the book by the Globe reporters on Feb. 11, but mistakenly attributed the content to another new book on Bulger by authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill that was cited in the Boston Herald.

 

 

FBI Wants to Help Celebrate the Birthday of Top Ten Fugitive Eric Toth

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wants to deliver Top Ten Fugitive Eric Toth something on his birthday: A Pair of handcuffs and a meal in prison.

On its Facebook page today, it posted this:

“Help us capture FBI Top Ten Fugitive Eric Toth, who turns 31 today. He is wanted for allegedly possessing child pornography in Washington, D.C. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 in the case.”

 

Anyone with information should contact the local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Feds Won’t Investigate Whether DEA Agents Violated Human Rights in Honduras

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The state and justice departments have no intention of investigating complaints of human rights violations and other misconduct by DEA agents in Honduras, the Washington Times reports.

At issue is the May 2012 deaths of four Honduran villagers during an anti-drug operation along the Carribean coast.

Some lawmakers and human-rights groups have been demanding to know how much the DEA was involved in the deaths, the Washington Times reported.

More than 55 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have requested an investigation, but the Obama administration appears to be pleased with a report from Honduras that cleared the DEA of wrongdoing, the Washington Times wrote.

“There will be no separate investigation,” a U.S. official told The Washington Times this week.

Deal Is Sweetened to Lure FBI Headquarters to Prince George County

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Prince George County is trying to sweeten its deal to attract the FBI’s new headquarters, the Washington Post reports.

A committee of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is expected to vote Thursday on whether to offer the FBI 78 acres at the Greenbelt station to bolster a relocation deal.

The Post wrote that land is enticing because it currently has more than 3,700 parking spaces and 17 bus bays, which could be made available for the FBI.

The bureau is looking for a new headquarters because it’s current one in Washington D.C. is inadequate and falling apart.

The FBI hopes to trade its current headquarters for a new location.

Massive Manhunt for Ex-LAPD Cop Ends in Gunfight, Fire

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The massive manhunt for a former Los Angeles Police officer ended Tuesday in spectacular fashion in the San Bernardino Mountains – a car chase, gunfight and blaze, the USA Today reports.

Authorities are awaiting forensic tests to confirm the charred body found at the vacation cabin was Christopher Dorner, who went on a four-day murderous rampage that killed four people.

A man who appeared to be Dorner fled police and barricaded himself in a vacant cabin before making a last stand that killed on sheriff’s deputy and wounded another, the USA Today reported.

‘‘We have reason to believe that it is him,’’ San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman told the Associated Press.

FBI Seizes Records from Pittsburgh Police Department, But Officials Tight-Lipped on Details


 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Pittsburgh Police Department is under a cloud of suspicion after the FBI seized documents Tuesday from police headquarters, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard would only confirm that documents were taken FBI agents and declined to talk about specifics.

Suspicion has followed police Chief Nate Harper since a former friend was charged last year in a bribery scheme to land a contract installing radios and computers in cop cars, the Inquirer reported.

Just last week, it was reported that Harper helped create a private security consulting firm that he staffed with a civilian clerk and three city officers, the Inquirer wrote.

FBI Criticized for Handling of Mentally Ill Man Accused in Attempted Bombing in Oakland

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Depending on whom you believe, Matthew Aaron Llaneza was either bent on committing terrorism in the name of Allah or was psychotic and easily manipulated by the FBI, the Mercury News reports.

The 28-year-old San Jose is accused of trying to detonate what turned out to be a phony bomb Friday in Oakland, Calif., and flee to Afghanistan to help train the Taliban.

But civil rights advocates and Llaneza’s former attorney in another case maintain the man was incapable of pulling off a terrorist attack without the government’s help, Mercury News reported.

“My question is whether or not the FBI stopped a crime in this case or had created one,” said Cameron Bowman, who represented Llaneza for a 2011 weapons charge. “Is this a guy who planned the crime and the FBI stopped him, or is he susceptible to being sucked into whatever is suggested to him, getting set up and not fully understanding the consequences?”

In an earlier case, Llaneza is portrayed as a troubled man struggling with psychosis and bipolar disorder, Mercury News wrote.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

The FBI and Biker Busts

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — The FBI has a long, storied history of infiltrating and prosecuting the Outlaws Motorcycle Club (OMC) as an organized-crime gang, including some high-profile cases in recent years. On Jan. 31, a Baltimore man put himself squarely in the middle of one such probe in Philadelphia by allegedly phoning in threats in an effort to collect money owed for about two pounds of methamphetamine, court documents show. What the Baltimore man didn’t know is that the person he allegedly threatened was pretending to be a biker-gang member and was actually working undercover to infiltrate the OMC on behalf of the FBI.

The man who made the alleged phone calls, 42-year-old Michael James Privett of 6600 Gary Ave. in East Baltimore’s O’Donnell Heights neighborhood, was charged with “collection of extensions of credit by extortionate means,” which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Privett appeared in Maryland U.S. District Court on Feb. 5, after his arrest, and his case was transferred to federal court in Philadelphia.

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