FBI Agent Fitzpatrick wrote about his time as an ASAC in Boston along with some other things he did in his FBI career. He’s suggests that even though he’s Irish, he’s not Boston Irish indicating that there is something wrong with the latter. After finishing his book, being Boston Irish I thought to myself, “thank God that he isn’t Boston Irish. He has a lot of problems.”
Fitzpatrick’s book reminds me of my grandmother, Ma Rogers, who went to my commissioning exercise at Boston College. She was so proud of me when I paraded by with my fellow officers in our dress whites. She told everyone, “You should have seen them march. Matty was the only one who was in step.”
It seems when Fitzpatrick was in Boston as the assistant agent in charge everyone else in the FBI was out of step with him.
I have lots of problems with the book which I will address over time but the biggest problem is I find it difficult to believe much of what he says because he takes credit for something I know he almost nothing to do with.
Fitzpatrick writes that he came to Boston in the spring of 1981, I figured sometime in April or May. He arrived just as the wiretap on the headquarters of the local Mafia leader, Gerry Angiulo, which ran from early January to mid-April, was wrapping up.
Angiulo had been targeted by a Boston FBI unit that worked through the late ’70s developing evidence against him. In 1980 Federal Strike Force assistant US attorney O’Sullivan (who Fitzpatrick constantly knocks) and the FBI agents in FBI Supervisor John Morris’s group gathered evidence against Angiulo. Agent Ed Quinn wrote the affidavit for warrant that allowed an electronic listening device (bug) to be put in Angiulo’s office at 98 Prince Street. The three and a half months of interceptions provided the evidence which led to Anguilo’s indictment, arrest and incarceration
It took a little over two years before he was arrested in September 1983 because of the need to transcribe the tapes and present the matter to the grand jury.
Fitzpatrick had nothing to do with gathering the evidence. All the interceptions were done before he arrived in Boston. Fitzpatrick claims he arrested Angiulo. That may be so although others have also made the claim.
In making the arrest, Fitzpatrick performed a ministerial function. Yet, in writing about his time in Boston he takes credit for destroying Anguilo’s Mafia operation in Boston. It’s like a secretary claiming credit for a Pulitzer prize novel because he typed it.
Here he is writing about it.
“The LCN case fell under my domain and I was determined to bring down the Angiulo mob through traditional means and technical assistance, not relying at all on the bogus intelligence supplied by Bulger.”
“But I had more important things on my plate than [Whitey]. I was in the process of organizing the last remnants of the takedown (sic) of the Boston Mafia. Gennaro Angiulo, the head of the Boston mafia, had run the Boston mob for a generation . . . ”
He tells how he arrested him. After putting him in the car he gives him his rights and tell him that they have “your voice on the tapes.” He writes, “This was an allusion to the years of clandestine, court-ordered wire recording of his house where he’d discuss the “secret” of his criminal enterprise” He shows how little he knew of the investigation. The wire recordings didn’t go on for years. Most importantly, the bug was not at Anguilo’s home but at 98 Prince Street, his office.
(He’s out celebrating the arrest of Angiulo with his fiancée’ in the North End. He said both have a bit of trepidation eating at that restaurant because Angiulo operated out of the North End? ) Referring to the arrest he says, “I had accomplished a great portion of what I’d set out to do upon coming to Boston, and was understandably gratified that in this OC “leg” of my assignment I’d pulled off what would have been impossible prior to my arrival.”
He’s talking about the SAC Greenleaf and the head of the Organized Crime section in DC McWeeney. “The fact that my squad had taken down Angiulo in spite of Bulger, not because of him, left them with no cover and further complicated their plight”
On and on he writes about it.
“An unintended consequence of my squad’s takedown (sic) of mob boss Jerry Angiulo was a sudden void in the drug distribution market.”
“My squad’s takedown (sic) of the Boston Las Cosa Nostra which had begun with my arrest of the underboss Gennaro Anguilo . . .”
How do you believe anything this man writes?
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. More to come on Sundays.