Kevin Cullen has an interesting column in the Boston Globe about Eddie MacKenzie from South Boston who wrote a book telling how he was associated with Whitey Bulger and managed to get it published. It was called. “Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob.”
The book is written by MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas. The latter has found a nice gig for herself co-writing books about Whitey as other authors have done. Another of her books is the one with Kevin Weeks called: “Brutal, Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger’s Irish Mob.” She has an upcoming book about Whitey again with Kevin Weeks called: “Hunted Down: The FBI’s Pursuit and Capture of Whitey Bulger” about which Weeks has little knowledge.
But that hasn’t deterred Karas because Cullen tells us if Whitey is to be believed he met MacKenzie only once and otherwise had nothing to do with him. Which, as I’ve noted before, since both are gangsters you can’t believe either one.
Those who know the slightest bit about the 16 years flight of Whitey know that the FBI’s pursuit of Whitey could be summed up in a few sentences. It would go something like: “FBI agents went to warm areas in the winter and Europe in the summer whenever anyone claimed to have seen him. He was living in Santa Monica,California, during most of this time. When the FBI offered two million dollars for his capture a former actress from Iceland dimed him out.”
There will be little learned from their upcoming book that isn’t already out there. But as Cullen can tell you, the name “Whitey” in a title still can bring in a few bucks. Add to it the words, “Irish Mob,” which didn’t exists during Whitey’s time and you get a few more.
Speaking of fiction, Phyllis is listed as writing the much acclaimed novel: Spellbound (Enchanted Hearts) . It seems to fit into the other books she has written. Here’s a description of it: “Suddenly, magically-thanks to her mother’s new friend, a witch-Emily scores the winning soccer goal and a date with soccer star Brian Walsh. And while Emily’s parents are busy heaping attention on Simon, Emily’s troubled brother, the witch and her handsome warlock son are lavishing Emily with support of supernatural proportions” You won’t want to miss that sleeper.
Cullen does a pretty good job pointing to the many misdeeds of MacKenzie. They actually pale in comparison to what a person, Jan, who used to comment on this blog wrote about. She alleged he was a serial abuser of young girls sort of like a minor league Jeffrey Epstein Alan Dershowitz’s buddy who the local media seems not to have discovered.
Cullen talks a little of MacKenzie’s abuse of young girls in his column but not to the extent that Jan did. She wrote: “MacKenzie has been a darling of the media for years, the local media of which selectively overlooked his history of vicious sexual assaults as did the local law enforcement to include the FBI. Sacrificing the most innocent members in our communities in the name of using a serial sexual assailant as an informant.”
Cullen points out MacKenzie is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Dennis Saylor in the Boston federal court this Friday. He rightly notes that the prosecutors who wrote the 15-page sentencing memorandum must have had to take a shower after doing so because “in those 15 pages are some of the grimiest acts of any criminal in the eastern district of Massachusetts.”
The federal probation office has recommended MacKenzie who pleaded guilty last October to a federal racketeering charge be sentenced to between 8 and 10 years; the prosecutors point to MacKenzie’s long criminal history for which he has mostly avoided any punishment. They have recommended 12 years. Both seem low considering his criminal history and especially when you consider Catherine Greig who committed no crime other than being Whitey’s companion on his 16 year run from the law received 8 years in the same court.
Cullen expects 56-year-old MacKenzie will do enough time that when he comes out he’ll be figuring out how to con Social Security. Let’s hope Cullen’s right. But until this happens, I’m holding my breath. Guys like MacKenzie have a way of conning judges.