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Relatives of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Victims Spoke Out Before He Is Sentencing Today

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The relatives of James “Whitey” Bulger’s victims spoke out Wednesday during a pre-sentencing hearing for the notorious mobster, the Boston Globe reports.

But no matter what the relatives said, Bulger stood impassively with his back to them.

“You won’t even turn around and look at us?” said Patrick Callahan, shaking his head in disgust after speaking of his father, John B. Callahan, who was shot to death in Florida in 1982 on orders from Bulger. “Coward.”

The Globe wrote that Bulger declined to speak out on his own behalf.

“Mr. Bulger has made clear to us that his position is the same today as it was when he gave a colloquy to Your Honor at the time of his trial, that he believes the trial was a sham,” defense attorney Hank Brennan told the judge.

Columnist Recalls Terrifying Days He Was in Whitey Bulger’s Crosshairs

Howie Carr 
Boston Herald

Whitey Bulger, you wanted to kill me, but I’m still alive.

And you’re dead. You’re not going to last long in a real prison, you bully, you coward.

I heard you’ve told some of the guards down at Plymouth you would have killed me for sure but you were concerned about blowback on your brother, who by the way didn’t show up one single day at your trial.

First you were going to blow me up with plastic explosives you got from one of your crooked FBI agents. Then you sent out Kevin Weeks with a rifle.

Your edge was always that you had the cops, and you had the pols, and the rest of us didn’t. It was a machine, as Joe Murray used to say. He couldn’t go up against the machine and neither could I.

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Matt Connolly: ‘Whitey’ Bulger Sentencing Has Turned into Charade

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By Matt Connolly 
Patriot Ledger

This week we see the commencement of the Great Charade which will receive as much coverage in the local media as the Red Sox Parade.

If some had their innermost wishes fulfilled, Whitey Bulger would be fettered to a stake on the back of a duck boat and driven through the streets of Boston. Then the great mass of the citizenry could shout out vile epithets at him and children under twelve allowed to throw small stones at him. Instead of this Lady Godiva-like tour, the event will be held in a courtroom and limited to a handful of people. As for the small stones, the ever mindful courthouse security will search all pocketbooks, backpacks and pockets to ensure no one sneaks any in.

Having attended all of Whitey’s trial, I will be sure to miss this tawdry display hearkening back to the Colonial Days of stocks and scarlet letters. But don’t get me wrong, I’ve not a handful of sand’s worth of sympathy for Whitey. It’s the extraordinary absurdity of the event and its effect on the judicial system that bothers me.

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‘Whitey’ Bulger Has ‘No Redeeming Qualities,’ Prosecutors Say Before Sentencing

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger has “no redeeming qualities” and should die in prison, prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bulger is awaiting sentencing next week after being convicted of racketeering and murder charges.

“Bulger is one of the most violent and despicable criminals in Boston history,” prosecutors wrote. “Having now been convicted of 31 felonies … Bulger richly deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail.”

Prosecutors also are seeking restitution for the families of 19 murder victims, the LA Times wrote.

 

Attorneys for Aurora Theater Shooting Suspect Question Police Handling of Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes are trying to convince a judge to restrict some evidence from being used at trial because of the police’s handling of the investigation, ABC 7 in Denver reported.

One of the issues is why police continued to talk to Holmes after his attorney advised them not to.

Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder after opening fire in a movie theater in Aurora in July 2012, killing 12 people and injuring 70.

FBI Honors Cleveland’s Deputy Police Chief for Helping Crack Murder Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba refused to give up on a cold case involving the murder of a 14-year-old girl.

The chief even visited victim’s mother, Yvonne Pointer, assuring her that authorities weren’t throwing in the towel, Cleveland.com reports.

Sure enough, the case broke earlier this year after re-testing old DNA evidence.

“Not only is there a man behind the badge, but he is a man behind the badge with a heart,” Pointer said in nominating Tomba for the Unsung Hero award issued by the FBI Citizens’ Academy Foundation of Cleveland.

Tomba was nominated for also helping solve another murder.

 

U.S. Won’t Pressure Mexico to Capture Man Who Kidnapped, Tortured DEA Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The U.S. isn’t doing enough to pressure Mexico to find the man who kidnapped and tortured a DEA agent after officials released him from a Mexican prison, Fox News reports.

“Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena was a decorated agent, his death long forgotten if not for his killer’s recent release and Mexico ignoring our extradition request,”  Fox News correspondent William La Jeunesse said. “This raises questions about what the U.S. is, or isn’t doing, to find him.”

Camarena was abducted in 1985 and tortured for three days.

Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and others crushed Camarena’s skull, used a cattle prod and drilled a hole into his head.

“Only U.S. pressure can make Mexico act,” Jeunesse said. “Right now, they don’t see it.”

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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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