1. Congratulations on this achievement!

  2. Good to hear, Matt. I hope your book helps put to rest many misconceptions, myths and lies about Boston’s gangs and bad guys. If that means taking aim at the Globe, Herald, and some of their writers past and present, so much the better. (H. L. Carr well deserves it, naturally.)

    • My bad: The time frame is 1956-1976.

      • GOK:

        Actually the gangland wars of these years shed light on what came afterward that shows the many falsehoods perpetrated by later writers. I felt it necessary to write that book so I could move into one on Whitey to further expose the nonsense that has been put out. One big thing is the idea that Mafia sat back while these wars were ongoing (a Carr invention) when actually it was responsible for a good portion of the murders.

  3. Matt

    Look forward to your in depth analysis on how
    the CIA conspired with local Boston law enforcement to
    flood our communities with heroin and cocaine
    laundering the drug money in the stock market
    thus artificially propping up the stocks.
    I know you will put the Boston Gang Wars within that context
    as seen through the eyes of DEA whistleblowers Celerino
    Castillo and his book Powderburns and DEA supervisor /whistleblower Mike
    Levine and his many books including White Lies.

    You already know we brought LAPD narcotics detective and
    whistleblower Mike Ruppert to speak at Bates College in the spring of 2001.


    Frank Serpico
    Retired Police Detective, Author, Lecturer : b. 1936
    A policeman’s first obligation is to be responsible to the needs of the community he serves…The problem is that the atmosphere does not yet exist in which an honest police officer can act without fear of ridicule or reprisal from fellow officers. We create an atmosphere in which the honest officer fears the dishonest officer, and not the other way around.
    1971: Became the first New York City policeman in history to testify about widespread corruption in the department.
    1972: Received the NYPD’s higest award, The Medal of Honor.
    After being shot and testifying about corruption in the NYPD, Serpico lived in Europe for nearly a decade.
    Al Pacino played Serpico in the 1973 movie about his life.

    • I had been training with the NYPD in 1982 on political corruption techniques (ha!) when Prince of the City was being shown…almost every one of New York’s Finest that I worked with had been touched by this investigation….it is a difficult job.
      Prince of the City
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Release date
      August 21, 1981

      Prince of the City is a 1981 American neo-noir[2] crime drama film co-written and directed by Sidney Lumet based on Robert Daley’s 1978 book of the same name about an NYPD officer who chooses to expose police corruption for idealistic reasons. The character of Daniel Ciello, played by Treat Williams, was based on real-life NYPD Narcotics Detective Robert Leuci.[a] The large supporting cast also featured actors Jerry Orbach, Bob Balaban, and Lindsay Crouse.

      Prince of the City was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

  4. Not taking all the credit…but notice how it stopped when WE took over at Norfolk DA’s?
    Happy and healthy New Year, Matt

  5. Looking forward to your newest work.