BLACK MASS BOOK
Start by marking “Black Mass” as Want to Read: John Connoly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University. "Black Mass should prompt a reevaluation of the uses and misuses of informers by law enforcement officials throughout the country."―New York Times Book. Editorial Reviews. myavr.info Review. In the spring of , Boston Globe reporters Dick An Amazon Book with Buzz: "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" "This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book." ―Arianna Huffington.
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Whitey BGulger's story is fascinating, however, this book is written from a journalistic point of view and includes lots of overlapping and repeated time frames and. A triumph of investigative reporting, this full-bodied true-crime saga by two Boston Globe reporters is a cautionary tale about FBI corruption and the abuse of . Black Mass is a American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Cooper and written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between.
Not the way Connolly hears it. As the years pass, Bulger becomes the most well-known—and powerful—gangster in all of Boston.
by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill
This is, of course, due to the support of the FBI, have protected Bulger from prosecution time and time again by the time the s roll around.
It also helps that Whitey's little bro, Billy, is a prominent politician, having served as the president of the Massachusetts state senate for years. Meanwhile, Whitey's deal with the FBI has gotten downright dirty. Connolly gives Bulger a heads-up when a low-level G named Brian Halloran is going to rat him out, so Bulger straight up murders him.
Meet the Cast
This corrupt crew—Connolly, Morris, Bulger, and another informant named Steve Flemmi—start holding meetings at Morris' home, where they discuss their dirty deal and how to protect it from nosy agents. It's at one of these fateful meetings that Morris makes Flemmi and Bulger an important promise: But kill they do, continuing to build up their criminal empires until one fateful day in when the FBI, led by prosecutor Fred Wyshak, finally takes its shot at Bulger and Flemmi.
They're both indicted as part of an investigation into the Mafia and, though Bulger manages to skip town thanks to a tip from Connolly , Flemmi is caught soon after and lands behind bars. As a legal defense, the mobsters' lawyer Anthony Cardinale argues that Bulger's status as an informant—which has been rumored for years—should cause the case to be thrown out. In order to decide whether this argument is valid, the judge must make public all available information on the FBI's deal with Bulger.
Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal
So the judge orders the information released, and it's like a bombshell goes off in Boston. John Morris is given immunity in exchange for his testimony against Bulger, while Connolly refuses to do anything except plead the Fifth. When everything's said and done, however, Flemmi is sentenced to prison, presumably for the rest of his life, as is Connolly, who's officially convicted as an accessory to murder in As for Bulger, the gangster stays on the run until , when he's discovered in Santa Monica, California, living under an assumed name with his long-term girlfriend.
Although it's taken about sixteen years for the feds to catch up with Whitey, this brutal gangster is about to meet a little thing called justice.
Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal
All rights reserved. In the years to come, Lehr and O'Neill claim, a similar pattern would emerge.
What the FBI got in return for the protection it provided was, according to Lehr and O'Neill, helpful information but " m ost of it amounted to underworld gossip, and it was often flat-out self-serving" p. Between and , Bulger was officially shut down as top echelon informant because he had become the target of another FBI office's investigation into horse race fixing.
In practice, however, nothing changed and Bulger was not even told about his putative change in status.
Connolly continued his cooperation with Bulger under the protection of the new supervisor of the Organized Crime Squad, John Morris, who engaged in "creative record-keeping" to conceal the relationship.
When the race-fixing case became an imminent danger, Morris and Connolly first met with Bulger, who denied any involvement, and then with chief prosecutor Jeremiah T.
O'Sullivan who agreed to drop Bulger and Flemmi from the indictment. This successful intervention paved the way for an increasingly closer social relationship between underworld figures Bulger and Flemmi and FBI agents Connolly and Morris marked by frequent meetings, including dinner invitations to Morris' private home, and the exchange of presents.
At the same time, the FBI agents ignored information that Bulger and Flemmi had begun to shake down gamblers, loan sharks and drug dealers who operated in their territory, and that the two, in fact, were allegedly overseeing the majority of sports betting, numbers action, and loan-sharking for the Boston area in a joint venture with Boston's Cosa Nostra. Following up on this intelligence was the Massachusetts State Police who with the support of a local prosecutor obtained permission to plant a bug in Bulger and Flemmi's new headquarters, a garage on Lancaster Street near Boston Garden.
The bug was hardly up and running when Bulger and Flemmi abruptly changed their routine and stopped holding discussions in their office. What the police overheard was Bulger commending state troopers for the great job they did patrolling the Massachusetts Turnpike. As Flemmi later admitted, it was Connolly who tipped them off about the bug.
In June of , Morris attended a two-week training session in Georgia. Immediately he missed his girlfriend and through Connolly asked Bulger to arrange for an airline ticket for her.
In Bulger and Flemmi intimidated a couple into surrendering their newly opened liquor store. Connolly did not write up a report but instead told Bulger who used his knowledge to further intimidate the former store owners and to convince them not to push the matter any further.
Another dimension was added to the complex of events by the fact that "Whitey" Bulger's brother, Billy Bulger, served as president of the Massachusetts State Senate. In the s Billy Bulger figured prominently in a lingering corruption scandal under investigation by the FBI squad overseeing public corruption crimes.
Coincidently the squad was supervised by John Morris who some years earlier had been reassigned from the Organized Crime Squad. Morris closed the file but after Massachusetts attorney general James Shannon learned that Billy Bulger had never been questioned he called for a reopening of the investigation. This time Connolly, who considered himself a friend of the senate president, made sure that the investigation would be shut down for ever.
To justify their relationship with Bulger and Flemmi, Connolly and Morris had claimed that the two underworld figures played a crucial role in the bugging of Boston Mafia boss Gennaro J.
Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal
Angiulo's headquarters in In both cases, Lehr and O'Neill note, Bulger's role was insignificant while they do acknowledge Flemmi's contribution to the bugging of Ferrara and Russo's meeting place. Between July 11—12, Revere Beach Boulevard remained closed for shooting.
In the s Billy Bulger figured prominently in a lingering corruption scandal under investigation by the FBI squad overseeing public corruption crimes. Archived from the original on July 14, Overall, I recommend this especially if you are interested in conspiracies and corruption. James Whitey Bulger, who was the head of the Irish mob in South Boston, had a history of contract killing, rape, armed robbery, extortion, drug dealing and loan sharking.
I won't say anymore, don't want to give away too much about the story.
I know jack about south Boston, I'm not really drawn to books about crime, but this is book was immaculately researched and wholly unbelievable, and yet its all true. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.