Michael Burggren, 53, a 20-year resident of South Boston is said to be handing out a flier that reads: “No to Bulger Library! … No! Bill Bulger used his office to protect a mass murderer.” He is an example of how the people of Boston have been bamboozled.
I have no idea who Burggren is or where he was prior to his last 20 years in South Boston. I do know he knows not of what he speaks. It is libelous to suggest Bill Bulger used his office to protect his brother Whitey. It is a libel born out of ignorance by people who have been deliberately misinformed by the media and others.
That Burggren and those that associate with him in this dastardly cause have no personal knowledge of what they speak does not make it less of a libel. It is just an example of how ignorant people injure others based on rumors and innuendos. I’d like to ask Barggren and those who believe like he does, upon what basis do they make that lying assertion. Give me one, just one, example of Billy Bulger using his office to protect Whitey Bulger his brother. If you cannot, you ought to bow your heads in shame.
Had Billy Bulger used his office in such a way he would have to have been able to influence others to not do the jobs they took an oath to perform. Those others would have to be people in law enforcement. For the only way that Whitey Bulger could have been protected was to keep him from being pursued by law enforcement authorities.
I can say categorically that “Billy Bulger never used his office to protect his brother” because during the years Billy had the power to do such a thing and during such time as Whitey Bulger was actively involved in his criminal activities, I was actively involved in organized crime investigations overseeing and participating in more wiretaps and bugging operations of organized crime people than any other prosecutor in Massachusetts. I was there and can speak from personal knowledge; none of those who suggest Billy interfered have such knowledge.
I worked very closely with those in law enforcement at the state, city and town level who did this work. These men skilled in the ways of organized crime met with me on an almost daily basis. We discussed and planned investigations of Whitey Bulger.
Whitey lived in my county in the City of Quincy. He operated his criminal enterprise out of South Boston, a short drive over the Southeast Expressway and down Morrissey Boulevard from Quincy. The Town of Brookline which was part of Norfolk County penetrated Boston separating its sections of Jamaica Plain from Brighton. Where Whitey operated I worked with law enforcement officers. I also worked closely with the state police’s organize crime unit, the Special Services Unit, that had state-wide jurisdiction.
Never in any of my many investigations did the relationship between Billy and Whitey affect anything. Never was it a consideration in any decision I or the others made. In my thousands upon thousands of conversations with men skilled in investigating organized crime did I ever hear the connection even mentioned although we often discussed Whitey. The Quincy police detectives who were relentless in their pursuit of Whitey were in continual contact with me and never suggested anything relating to Billy and Whitey.
The suggestion that somehow we backed off of investigating Whitey because of Billy is insulting. It besmirches the reputation of those hard working dedicated detectives. It is a libel of not only Billy but of all the law enforcement officers in the state at all levels who I worked with for more than 20 years who attempted to gather evidence for us to prosecute Whitey.
And from where do these libels emanate? They came from people in the media and enemies of Billy seeking personal revenge on him such as Professor Dershowitz. These people have no knowledge of our investigations. They cannot point to anyone who can honestly say that because of Billy he or she backed off from getting Whitey.
Had Billy any power to affect law enforcement it was at the state level. He had direct control over the budgets of the DAs and state police and indirect over the cities and towns. Examine the records of the time. The Massachusetts State Police were zealous in their pursuit of Whitey. They almost got him in 1980 when he operated out of Lancaster Street; after that they continued after him without let up. Where’s Billy’s protection for his brother there? The DAs likewise followed the evidence that they had. My office turned over to the FBI a person who was extorted by Bulger. Bulger’s handler reported that Whitey hated my office saying we had a vendetta against him.
We, the organize crime investigators in this state and I, always considered Whitey a target. We never had a second thought about going after him. We never for a moment thought of Billy during those investigations. It’s time to listen to people who were there and know what went on and not those who live on libel and pass on scurrilous lies.