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Tag: Whitey Bulger

Ex-FBI Agent Admits He Signed Off on Reports on Bulger He Knew Were Inaccurate

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One thing for certain: The Whitey Bulger trial in Boston is not short on drama and interesting news.

On Friday, retired FBI agent John Morris testified that he signed off on several FBI reports about Bulger that were inaccurate or misleading, Reuters reports.

Morris has admitted taking cash from gangsters and tipping them off on investigations. He accepted crates of wine from Bulger and his associates while he was an agent.

Reuters reports:

Asked by defense attorney Henry Brennan whether he had “deceived” FBI headquarters with the documents, Morris – who received excellent performance reviews during his tenure at the bureau – said, “Yes.”

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Reputed Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger Loses Temper During Murder, Racketeering Trial

 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Reputed mob boss James “Whitey”  Bulger lost his cool in court for the second time in his three-week-old trial for murder and racketeering, The New York Times reports.

Bulger became agitated while one of the government witnesses, John Morris, a former FBI witness, was testifying about Bulger’s role as an FBI informant. Bulger used an expletive and called Morris a liar, according to The Times.

Bulger has sought to show he was not an informant during his alleged reign in Boston.

“Whether it’s the ego of the defendant or his reputation he wants to preserve that he was not an informant,” Fred Wyshak, the lead prosecutor, said. “it’s a ridiculous contention.”

Reputed Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Attorneys Grill Disgraced Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger continued to hammer the FBI’s claims that Bulger secretly ratted out the Italian Mafia and other criminals, The Associated Press reports.

For the second straight day, Bulger attorney Hank Brennan continued to grill James Marra, a special agent in the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, in an attempt to invalidate a 700-page informant file on Bulger, who is accused of murder and racketeering while running the Winter Hill Gang. 

The defense claims that disgraced ex-FBI Agent John Connolly, who is in prison for helping Bulger during his alleged reign of terror, fabricated Bulger’s file to cover up his own misdeeds, The AP wrote.

Witnesses Raise Questions About Reliability of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Records During Murder Trial

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Was reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger a rat?

During tense testimony Tuesday in Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial, his defense attorneys tore into government witnesses who acknowledged Bulger’s files were falsified or inaccurate, the New York Daily News reports.

FBI files suggest Bulger ratted out friends and associates, but defense attorneys said the records can’t be trusted – by the witnesses’ own admission, the Daily News reported. 

Bulger, 83, is fighting 32 counts of racketeering and extortion and 19 murder-related charges.

He’s also fighting for his reputation.

Whitey Bulger: Anti-Hero or Sociopath?

Alison McLennan is the author of Falling for Johnny, a suspense novel based on the Boston underworld with a fictional character inspired by James “Whitey” Bulger. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science.

Whitey Bulger/fbi

By Alison McLennan
For ticklethewire.com 

The media often calls leaders of crime syndicates sociopaths or psychopaths. The term sociopath refers to a subset of anti-social personality disorder, an axis-two diagnosis, which does not qualify someone for the insanity defense.

The DSM-IV defines anti-social personality disorder as “a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood.” As opposed to psychopaths, sociopaths have normal temperaments.  They may be risk takers who have a hard time with authority and rules. Sociopaths are often charming, entitled narcissists who use and manipulate people for their own ends with no empathy for others.

In literature, film, and television, the anti-hero is an archetypal character displaying many of the same villainous traits as a sociopath, yet also possessing some capacity, no matter how small, for virtuous acts. Because the flawed anti-heroes are more realistic than those perfect goody-two-shoe heroes beyond reproach, the anti-heroes are more sympathetic and more interesting to non-secular audiences.

The anti-hero constructs an internal narrative which rationalizes and justifies bad behavior. Tony Soprano from the Sopranos, Walter White from Breaking Bad, and Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment are examples of anti-heroes. For obvious reasons members of gangs and crime syndicates prefer to identify with anti-heroes rather than socio-paths. Within the narrative construct of the anti-hero, criminals are able to rationalize their crimes and inhumane behavior.

The high-profile trial of James “Whitey” Bulger provides a striking example of a crime boss who identifies with the anti-hero. Journalists who have written biographies of Bulger and are currently covering his trial accuse him not only of nineteen murders, racketeering, and extortion but also of “trying to control the narrative.” Indeed, with the mountain of charges Bulger faces there seems little hope of acquittal. The defense is obsessed with repudiating charges that he was an informant and also that he was involved in the murders of two women.

Johnny “the Executioner” Martorano was one of the prosecution’s star witnesses. He took the stand last week and described in detail twenty murders he committed. Matorano cut a deal with law enforcement to testify against Bulger and served only twelve years. His testimony was chilling and bizarre. He showed little remorse and told the court he thinks of himself as a ‘great guy’ who only killed to protect his family and friends. From these statements it appears Matorano preferred to view himself as a vigilante instead of a Hit man or a mass murderer.

Although the narratives of felons may be delusional, understanding the mindset of the criminal “anti-hero” can help federal law enforcement and may be a useful supplement to the traditional diagnostic approaches of criminal psychology.  A relatively new field of study called narrative psychology may be tremendously useful in predicting and understanding the behavior of the delusional anti-hero.

As federal law enforcement deals with the next generation of delusional anti-heroes, narrative psychology could become a useful tool. In clinical situations psychologists construct categories to describe deviant behavior, but in real life people construct narratives to cope and make sense of their lives.

The current popularity of the anti-hero means that more disturbed and alienated people will adopt that persona. According to Dr. Katherine Newman of Princeton University, sixteen-year-old school shooter, Jeff Wise, had embraced the anti-hero archetype and was following a video game like behavioral script to act out his narrative.

Public support and trust in federal law enforcement is essential to national security. Yet the high profile trial of James “Whitey” Bulger may have negative public relations repercussions. The trial, which is receiving a lot of media attention, exposes past FBI corruption in Boston and also may lead the public to question prosecution tactics of cutting deals with dangerous killers like Martorano.

This public relations fall-out may necessitate the FBI to construct a new narrative. While the Boston FBI began with the noble intentions of working with Bulger  to take down the Italian Mafia, those good intentions were overshadowed by internal corruption and led to the rise of  James Bulger, a dangerous and delusional anti-hero who reportedly terrorized Boston for decades.

 

Defense: Accused Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was Never an FBI Informant

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Accused Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was never an FBI informant, his attorneys plan to argue today at his murder and racketeering trial, Reuters reports.

It’s important to Bulger’s image to show he was not a snitch.

Defense attorneys said ex-FBI handler, John Connolly, who is in prison in connection with the case, received money from Bulger for information, but their client never fed information to the FBI.

“It should be for the jury to decide whether they believe this person was an informant,” said defense attorney Henry Brennan, of Boston law firm Carney & Bassil.

FBI’s Corrupt Dealings with Winter Hill Gang to be Focus of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Trial Today

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

As the murder and racketeering trial of mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger continues today, a former FBI supervisor is expected to testify that he and another agent traded secrets with the ruthless White Hill Gang, Reuters reports.

John Morris, who led the FBI’s local organized crime squad in Boston in the 1970s and ’80s, helped gang members avoid arrest and threatened so-called rats.

On Friday, the jury heard other testimony of the FBI’s double-dealing.

Morris was granted immunity in 1998 in exchange for his testimony about FBI agents who assisted Bulger during the Winter Hill Gang

‘Whitey’ Bulger Case to Resume Next Week As Trial Focuses on 700-Page FBI File

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger will turn its focus on the FBI’s 700-page file on the ex-mob boss next week, the Boston Herald reports.

The trial began this week and took a recess for the weekend beginning Thursday. 

The records are expected to shine light on Bulger’s relationship with convicted FBI Agent John Connolly Jr.

Connolly is serving a 40-year sentence for leaking information to Bulger, which led to the murder of a businessman, John Callahan.

Bulger’s trial Thursday included emotional testimony from survivors of Bulger’s gang.