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Prosecutors Refuse to Reveal Confidential Informant in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors said they will not release the name of the confidential informant involved in the case against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston Herald reports.

The defense attorneys maintain the informant helped the FBI determine what others may say during testimony.

Prosecutors dismissed the allegations as ” street talk” and “rumors.”

“The FBI has advised that the informant had no first-hand knowledge of any of this information, and indeed had no direct contact with the relevant individuals discussed in the FBI report: Kevin Weeks, John Martorano, Pat Nee, Jack Curran, Patrick Linskey, Michael Linskey, Richard Buccheri and Kevin Weeks’ former girlfriend,” prosecutors said in court papers filed Monday.

The prosecutors added that the defense is “free to impugn government witnesses’ credibility through vigorous cross-examination, and may ask witnesses about prior inconsistent statements.”

Lucky Stroll Through Park Leads to Evidence in Mob Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Agent Gerard Conrad was just taking a stroll in Forest Park in Queens when he stumbled upon a meeting between top Gambino mobster Bartolomeo (Bobby) Vernace and others involved in the crime family, the New York Daily News reports.

Conrad happened to be supervising 15 agents who were investigating the crime family when he made the discovery on a warm 2006 day: “I saw three made members of the Gambino family and two associates of the family the park,” the agent said.

Conrad called for a camera, and the photos are now a critical piece of evidence in a racketeering trial, the Daily News reported.

WDIV: ‘Almost A Certainty’ FBI Will Dig Up Land In Search For Jimmy Hoffa

James R. Hoffa

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit 

DETROIT — WDIV’s Kevin Dietz reports that it’s “almost a certainty” that the FBI will dig up land in Oakland Township, north of Detroit,  where an ex-mobster claims Jimmy Hoffa’s body is buried.

“Half the office wants to go today, the other half wants to wait a few weeks for better weather,” Dietz reports. “No one is saying digging would be a waste of time.”

The ex-mobster Anthony Joseph Zerilli has told the feds, who have interviewed him on several occasions, that the late mobster Tony Giacalone told him that the body was buried on the land that was once owned by ex-Detroit mob boss Jack Tocco, WDIV reports.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: The Mob in the 1930s

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Weekend Series on Crime History: The Detroit Mob

Judge Delays Whitey Bulger Trial til June 6

Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A federal judge has delayed the trial of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger until June 6, the Boston Herald reports.

Bulger, who had been hospitalized for chest pains, and was released earlier this week, was set to go to trial this week.

“The complexity of the case, the multiplicity of defendants, the uncovering of a corrupt relationship between Bulger and rogue agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as a number of related civil cases, have resulted in an accumulation of evidence …” the judge wrote in citing one reason for the delay, the Herald reported.

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‘Whitey’ Bulger Wants Evidence to Show He Had License to Kill from Government

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Lawyers for mobster James “Whitey” Bulger are seeking more evidence to bolster their claim that the accused serial murderer was given a license to kill by the federal government, the Boston Herald reports.

Defense lawyers are asking U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns to order the release of all relevant correspondence between the Department of Justice and the New England Organized Crime Strike Force, the Herald wrote.

“The federal government and the Department of Justice has a long-standing history of providing protection and rewards, even to murderers, if it assists them in other investigations they are interested in,” Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. stated in court papers filed Friday.

Bulger was a useful FBI informant in the government’s investigation of his rivals in the New England Mafia.

Bulger’s trial is scheduled to begin in March, the Herlad reported.

Florida Retreat of Gangster Mom Ma Barker Up for Sale

Ma Barker/ wikipedia photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Up for sale: Two story, lakefront Florida retreat riddled with bullets.

The suggested starting price: $1 million.

The frame house in rural Ocklawaha, about 60 miles northwest of Orlando, is where FBI agents killed legendary Ma Barker in 1935, Reuters reports.  She was the mother of some  gangsters of the Barker and was considered an accomplice to their crimes.

“It’s like walking into a time capsule in 1935. The fact that it has this extra history is a really interesting cachet,” Mark Arnold, a realtor, told Reuters.

Barker was one of the most notorious gangsters, wanted in the early 1930s for murders, kidnapping and robberies.