Boston Gang Wars: The FBI and the Mafia

The word around Boston among the Mafia was that the FBI wanted to protect the Irish so the FBI could go after the Mafia. The FBI did go after the Mafia rather than the Irish. The FBI pursued the Mafia because of one reason: the Mafia embarrassed its leader J. Edgar Hoover. For many years …

Background to Boston Gang Wars: Getting to the Truth

Two major difficulties exist in trying to recapture the true past among gangsters: 1) gangsters act in secret and 2) they are inveterate liars. Kevin Weeks, who became the third member of Whitey Bulger’s gang, described the need for secrecy well when he said: “the idea of committing a crime is getting away with it.” …

My Name Is Bulger – The Documentary – Matt’s Take On it

Airing on Discovery Plus is a new documentary on Whitey Bulger and his brother, former Senate President, Bill Bulger, My Name is Bulger.  The following is a post Matt had in progress: I thought the documentary was excellent in establishing what it set out to do: show that Bill Bulger’s actions during his public life …

Future of the Blog

Matt will be missed by many.  The family greatly appreciated your messages and condolences. Matt had a treasure trove of writings ready to be published.  He planned on publishing at least two books before his sudden departure.  We thought the best tribute would be to finish the books. Over the upcoming months, we will continue …