Yesterday I wrote how Jerome asked me three questions in an email that I told him I would answer on my blog. They were: Does your new Irish Gang War book fill in the gaps and share the “truths” not in the twins oks:
2) Do you think Whitey Bulger took any secrets to the grave regarding his crimes and if so what do you speculate that they are?
3) Is Steve Flemmi somehow the “toughest” gangster of his era given he was never killed and outlasted so many of his peers. From a gangster perspective”
I am not sure what the first question refers to when it states “the twins oks” The book he is referring to is the one that will hopefully be published by Amazon this summer and it is not about the Irish Gang War since that is a fiction. It is about the over 100 gangster murders which occurred mostly in Boston between 1956 and 1976 which takes in the gang war that did occur in the 1960s. It was not an Irish gang war. The gang war that took the most lives was between the Roxbury Italian gang which was comprised of Italians and the McLaughlin gang of Charlestown. Most of the murders during that period were committed by Italians which you would never know from the reporting in the media and the folk who wrote books.
As to the question whether it fills in gaps I suppose that will be up to the reader to determine. It does show how much of what is accepted as true fails that test. The most obvious one that occurs to me at this time is the shooting of Punchy McLaughlin by the two men dressed as rabbis which took a life of its own among the gangsters.
The second question deals with secrets Whitey may have taken with him when he was murdered. On that note there is a documentary coming out on Discovery entitled “My Name Is Bulger” where Catherine Greig who really was the one stand-up person in the whole sordid episode around Whitey and did more time for a nonviolent crime not involving drugs by any person in the United States history without a prior record (Reality Winner is the runner-up) has been interviewed. knows more about Whitey than anyone else. I also may have a cameo appearance in that documentary because the producers did interview me. This question may be best answered by others but I do have my opinion.
Whitey had no secrets he took with him. The idea he had anything to do with or knowledge about the infamous March 18, 1990, Gardner Museum heist is a recent fabrication. https://www.gardnermuseum.org/about/theft-story I guess his lawyer resurrected that story for some reason but with a 10 million dollar reward for the recovery of those goods if he had information he, or his lawyer, or Catherine, or someone else could make a nice haul. In 1990 Whitey was in his sixties, his FBI protection was going away as Connolly retired, and he had never been involved in doing heists. If he knew something surely Stevie Flemmi or Kevin Woods would have the same information which apparently they don’t or they would have shared it by now.
The authors of books have gone through Whitey’s life with a fine-tooth comb and come up with nothing relating to unknown secrets. His life is simple – ordinary hoodlum up until release from federal prison in mid-sixties, tough guy in Southie until 1972 – over to Winter Hill partnering with Flemmi until 1995 getting tribute from bookies and drug dealers and killing a few guys who were threats to him– on the run until 2011. Maybe I’m wrong but if there are any watch the documentary to see what Catherine Greig has to tell us.
Well, I’m out of space again so I’ll talk about Flemmi tomorrow.