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Tag: Whitey Bulger

Notorious Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger to Testify in Own Murder Trial

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 James “Whitey” Bulger,  the notorious Boston mobster, plans to take the witness stand in his trial in March and explain that he received immunity while helping the FBI, his attorney said Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

Prosecutors say the Justice Department offered no deal to clear Bulger of charges that he participated in 19 murders when he was a top FBI informant against the mob.

Bulger, former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, eluded capture in 1994 and wasn’t caught until last year at the age of 82.

His testimony before a jury is expected to reveal the inner workings of the FBI and life as a mobster.

Congressman Says He Knows of No Immunity for Mobster Whitey Bulger

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By O’Ryan Johnson
Boston Herald

BOSTON — The Indiana congressman who led the 2003 federal probe of corrupt ties between James “Whitey” Bulger and the FBI said he has seen no evidence of any immunity deal with the South Boston mobster — and doubts any exists.

“I can’t remember anything that would say Whitey Bulger had carte blanche as far as immunity is concerned,” said Republican Dan Burton, past chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “I would know if that happened, and I never saw anything like that.”

Bulger’s lawyer, J.W. Carney, claimed on Monday that a deal had been struck long ago granting Bulger immunity for all charges in the indictment, including his alleged role in 19 murders. Carney said in court papers the agreement, as well as the identity of the person who made it, would be revealed in the future.

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Suspected Killer Fills Last Vacancy on FBI’s Most Wanted List

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After a great deal of deliberation, the FBI has filled the final vacancy in its Ten Most Wanted fugitive list, the agency announced Wednesday,

Adam Christopher Mayes, wanted in connection with the kidnapping last month of a mother, Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her three daughters in Tennessee, has been added to the list, replacing Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was captured last year in California along with his girlfriend.

Authorities said bodies of two of the kidnap victims — the mother and the oldest daughter Adrienne, 14, —  were found last week buried behind a mobile home where the Mayes family lived in Guntown, Miss.

The two other daughter, 8 and 12, are still missing.

“We believe Mayes could be anywhere in the United States, and we are extremely concerned for the safety of the girls,” said Aaron Ford, special agent in charge of the FBI Memphis office. “Anyone who has any information about this case, of if you’ve seen Mayes or the girls, please contact your nearest FBI office or the local police immediately.”

Ex-Head of Mass State Police Says Others in Boston FBI Should Have Gotten Nailed for Protecting Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The story about the Boston FBI cover up and coddling of thugs like James “Whitey” Bulger isn’t going to vanish any time soon, even though many years have passed.

The latest: Thomas J. Foley, the  former head of the Massachusetts State Police, who spent 20 years chasing Bulger,  has penned a book: “Most Wanted: Pursuing Whitey Bulger, The Murderous Mob Chief The FBI Secretly Protected.”

Foley says that rogue FBI agent John Connolly, Bulger’s handler, isn’t the only FBI agent who should have taken the fall for protecting Bulger, the Boston Herald reported. Connolly is serving 40 years in prison in Florida for his corrupt relationship with Bulger and fellow mobster Steve “The Rifelman” Flemmi.

“I know I’m going to take some flak on this thing, but it had to be told,” retired state police Col. Thomas J. Foley told the Boston Herald. “It happened. It’s totally backed up and that’s just the way it was.”

“Connolly deserved what he got, but he wasn’t the only one that should have got it,” Foley said.

Bulger was captured last year after being on the lam. He was wanted for 19 murders.

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Fed Judge Freeze’s Assets of Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds are apparently worried about the assets of James “Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend vanishing. They want to make sure she has the money to pay for any fines at sentencing.

So they’ve frozen her assets, the Boston Herald reports.

The Boston Herald reports that girlfriend Catherine Greig, who is behind bars, had $134,545 in her bank account in December, six months after Greig was captured.

Greig’s 60-year-old twin Margaret McCusker used her power of attorney in December and transferred the money to another account, the paper reported. Prosecutors say that $115,500 is still available in the new account.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock ordered those funds frozen in a ruling that also prevents McCusker from selling her sister’s South Boston home.

Greig recently pleaded guilty to charges relating to harboring a fugitive. Bulger, a Boston mobster and FBI informant, is accused of killing 19 people. He was on the run for 16 years before he was captured last summer in California.

 

 

It’s Official; Whitey Bulger’s Companion to Plead Guilty

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend is throwing in the towel.

The Boston Globe reports that Catherine Greig, according to court papers filed Monday in Boston federal court, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and identity fraud .

The Globe reported the agreement did not include a recommended sentence.

In a statement filed in court, according to the Globe, Greig said: “I engaged in conduct that was intended to help Bulger avoid detection from law enforcement and to provide him with support and assistance during his flight from law enforcement.”

She also said that Bulger had obtained false identification documents including driver’s licenses and Social Security cards.

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Whitey Bulger’s Girlfriend May Cop a Plea in Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The girlfriend of James “Whitey” Bulger, who is accused of helping the Boston mobster elude authorities for more than 16 years, may end up pleading guilty, the Boston Globe reported.

Girlfriend Catherine Greig has indicated she wanted to cop a plea to harboring a fugitive, the Globe reported. Bulger, who was an FBI informant, is accused of murdering 19 people in the 1970s and 80s.

The Globe reported that the brother of one of those victims said that a victims’ advocated for the U.S. Attorney’s Office told him about Greig’s intentions. The Globe reported that it was unclear if she would be compelled to testify against Bulger, who goes to trial in November.

Greig and Bulger were captured last summer in California.

 

How Whitey Bulger Corrupted the Justice System

By NPR Staff

When Whitey Bulger was captured last year, he’d spent close to 20 years on the run — and on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Bulger was the head of an Irish gang terrorizing the streets of South Boston. The Massachusetts State Police wanted him gone, but curiously couldn’t touch him.

Why? Bulger was a confidential FBI informant, and the bureau shielded him for years.

Robert Fitzpatrick, the author of Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down, says Bulger was widely known to be an unsavory character.

“He’s a stone killer, has been known to be a hit man for the Mafia out of Providence, and he’s also known to be the head of the Winter Hill gang, a bunch of Irish guys trying to take over the rackets, extortion and the drug stuff up in Boston,” Fitzpatrick tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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