The Ludicrous Assertion of Self-Styled Whitey Bulger Experts

5′ 6″ Carmine Persico with 6′ 4″ bodyguard Hugh (Apples) McIntosh

When Mary took her little lamb to school and the children saw it, from what I remember as a kid, it made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, and laugh and play.

Few things we read about make us laugh and play in the sense they are so outrageously funny that not only do we laugh we find ourselves dancing around in delight at the absurdity of the remark.

Here’s once that had that effect on me. It was written by self-styled experts on James “Whitey” Bulger, Gerard O’Neill and Dick Lehr. Ready – are you sitting down — here it is: “In the annals of crime in the United States, Whitey Bulger today stands at the front of a line that included John Dillinger, Al Capone, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, and more recently, John Gotti. His list of victims matches or exceeds that of any other crime boss . . . .”

I’ve written before about how foolish that statement is noting that even in Boston he was behind guys like John Martorano, Steve Flemmi, Jimmy Flemmi and others.

What made me think of that ludicrous statement was the recent obituary I read about a real crime boss, Carmine Persico in the New York Times. Let’s do a comparison.

Persico was first arrested at age 17 for murder; Whitey was in his forties before he murdered anyone. Persico was involved in the assassination of the mob bosses Albert Anastasia and Joey Gallo. Whitey had a hand in no significant murders of high level criminals. Persico was a legend by age 17, Whitey became a legend after he fled from an indictment at age 65.

Bulger’s nickname was “Whitey”; Persico’s “the Snake.” When Persico was serving prison time he remained a potential force in two bloody mob wars and running the Colombo criminal operations. When Whitey fled an indictment in 1994 he controlled nothing and for all purposes was totally washed up.

Persico was a member of the Commission that resolved major disputes and set the policies for the five New York crime families: the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lucchese factions. Whitey had one partner, Steve Flemmi, and one worker Kevin Weeks. He resolved nothing and only set policies for himself, Stevie and Kevin.

When being tried for being on the Commission Persico represented himself; Whitey pleaded guilty when charged with armed robbery and sat silently when he was prosecuted in 2013. Persico was skilled in questioning witnesses, writing legal briefs and raising points of law. Whitey judging from his letters had a scanty command of good English.

Persico controlled New York’s construction industries through threats, extortion and rigged contracts. Whitey controlled a corner liquor store. In his late teens and early twenties Persico was a hardened member of truck cargo hijacking crews. Whitey was a tailgater trying to steal items from the back of trucks whose doors were left open.

At 21 Persico was inducted into the Mafia; Whitey was in the Air Force. Persico was a membership of the Barbershop Quintet the five guys who murdered Albert Anastasia the feared boss of the Gambino family. Persico got his big chance when the head of his crew Frank Abbatemarco was murdered. He expected to take his place. When Joe Profaci the boss planned to give it to another, Persico and the Gallo brothers kidnapped six of Profaci’s lieutenants and demanded a larger share of the profits . Profaci agreed and then after they were released reneged on the deal but told Persico he’d give him more money and power if he wiped out the Gallo brothers. That resulted in a war that led to 12 murders and 15 gangsters being wounded including Persico.

Persico estimated he murdered or had murdered more than twenty people; he also planned to murder a U.S. attorney and two FBI agents. Whitey realistically was involved with others in around a half-dozen murders of other gangsters. On August 20, 1961, a police officer walked into a bar in Brooklyn and interrupted Persico as he was in the act of strangling Larry Gallo. Two years later he was wounded in the hand by a drive by shooting. He was charged in a 1959 hijacking of $50,000; with being the head of a multimillion-dollar loan sharking operation.  He rose to be top boss after Joseph Colombo was shot and incapacitated in 1971; in 1972 shortly before he went to prison his arch-rival Joey Gallo was murdered at Umberto’s Clam House in Little Italy.

Persico was found guilty in 1986 as leader of the Colombo family that controlled union locals representing restaurant, concrete and cement workers and for extorting millions of dollars from unions and construction companies. Whitey controlled no unions, extorted no unions or construction companies. A federal judge said of Persico that he was one of the most intelligent person he ever met. No one ever said that of Whitey.

Persico operated in the professional big leagues in New York City, Whitey in comparison in the junior the Pop Warner league in South Boston. Under no interpretation of facts does Whitey come one-two to Persico.

Ask yourself why they so inflated his criminality. Ask yourself if you fell for it.

14 thoughts on “The Ludicrous Assertion of Self-Styled Whitey Bulger Experts

  1. I read and read. I put myself in the master’s novel…..sometimes.

    “A coughball of laughter leaped from my throat dragging after it a rattling chain of phlegm. I turned back quickly, coughing, laughing, my lifted arms waving to the air.”

    You should know who I stole this from. Its one of the only things I remembered from His Bible. Then I read it again and retained it all. Funny how sobriety will do that.

  2. Matt :

    You know that I like you and that I listen to language very closely, spoken or written, as Sigmund taught me that it reveals deeply .

    Khalid requires occasional reassurance and after therapy has always gotten back out there as The King’s Jester and happily and wittily distracted me .

    I can only hope that you have the same chops .

    Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, and from your sour commentary on previous commemorations of a day filled with the smell of stale beer and vomit and the dinning of Southie Is My Hometown in your ears wherever you ran I know it is , probably for very private reasons, always an emotional watershed Day for you .

    TEARS FOR TOO MANY BEERS AND THE AWFUL TOLL ON BROADWAY

    Your deep shame of your roots in Dorchester and South Boston bleeds always into your Whitey Dick Size Comparison Commentaries . Your massive sense of inferiority and SHAME over not being from NYC or practically any place on the Planet besides South Boston is evident in every culturally disparaging thing you say about your Whitey alter ego who so bedevils you in a Celebrity that you are out of proportion to ; as how could a guy from where I am , and I am ashamed enough to be me and from there as it is , possibly have gotten SO FUCKING FAMOUS .

    And of course we get the Boston and New York City stuff and the usual self-shaming put downs of yourself, your origins, your place in the World, and your WHITE HOT FRUSTRATION at the aforementioned from you, dressed in the appropriately disrespectful rags of your Whitey Matty composite character .

    STOP BEING ASHAMED OF SOUTHIE

    AND YOURSELF

    I hope this helped .

  3. Matt :

    Did Carmen ever have a ROCK STAR write several songs about him .

    Did not think so.

    AMANDA AND I HAVE A STORY TO TELL .

    IT IS WORTH MUCH AND MANY WANT TO HEAR IT.

    AS AMANDA SAYS … I AM A PLATFORM SLUT …. MEDIA WISE .

    Down in the back . My Woman is Talking .

  4. Matty Persico :

    Done a lot of good work here, but your envy of this guy is so schoolyard creepy at this point I may have to leave you at the picnic bench after pulling you out of yet another scrape .

    Pisses me Off . I’ve been writing this blog for sometime .

    AMANDA PALMER LOVES ME

    WE WILL MARRY AND HAVE KIDS

    GRAND SLAM AND THEN SOME .

  5. Known Amanda for twenty-five years . She has written several songs about me . HALF-JACK ( Sydney Australia YouTube .

    DEATH THING ( Lyrics ) Google as lyrics tell Our Story .

    Matt, As the song says … The news is all over Town .

    MY QUEEN PLACES MY

    GET USED TO IT OR GET LEFT BEHIND

  6. Matt :

    Straighten Up

    Not my call

    Annoying and Interfering

    Don’t get dropped off my happy list

  7. DEATH THING

    AMANDA PALMER

    FROM – THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION – ALBUM JUST RELEASED

    YOUTUBE IT

    SHE WROTE IT ABOUT ME

    BIG OUTFIT IS WORLDWIDE LITTLE MATTY PERSICO SO GO OFF IN A CORNER AND KEEP GETTING YOUR POP WARNER OFF BECAUSE YOUR SNIVELING ABOUT JIMMY IN THESE LUDICROUS ANALYSES IS PATHETIC . HAM AND EGGER STUFF .

    PRO

    BUT HOW WOULD I EXPECT LITTLE MATTY PERSICO TO KNOW WHY WE ARE SO DIFFERENT

    ENJOY THAT CREAM SODA, MATTY

  8. Matt Persico :

    Your disquieting and deeply disturbing disquisition on the dearth of a critically placed and O for Oracular,
    and the death of Mafia hopes and dreams in the name … Jimmy Bulger … is wildly applauded by the Hibernian Society .

    You do wax on about his celebrity and whether it is deserved or not .

    WHO CARES

    MATT PERSICO

    Grow up .

  9. Matt :

    What did he tell you the last time you spoke.

    Never spoke to him .

    That’s Murders

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