Where the Bodies Were Buried: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him

Morrow. Sept. 2015. 448p. index. ISBN 9780062290984. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062291004. CRIME
Mobster Whitey Bulger was on the lam for 16 years before he was caught in June 2011 in Santa Monica, CA. English (The Westies; Paddy Whacked), an authority on the Irish Mob, attended every day of Bulger's trial. Here, he intertwines the proceedings with the history of Bulger's career and the Irish Mob to tell the story. Bulger was a master manipulator who got what he wanted. He and his associate Stephen Flemmi knew that by becoming top echelon informants for the FBI, they could do whatever they wanted—drugs, loan-sharking, extortion, and robberies. They also got away with murder as long they made the bodies disappear. English goes into great detail and presents solid evidence that the demoralization of the Boston FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed these men to terrorize New England. He demonstrates that the FBI went to great lengths to protect itself, and if innocent people were collateral damage, so be it. The average citizen has to wonder if these federal justice departments can be trusted in using informants to obtain their objectives or even to do their primary job, which is to protect Americans.
VERDICT This kind of insight into corruption in the FBI and the DOJ doesn't get published very often. For those who want to read about such impropriety or have been following the Bulger story.
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