Books About Whitey

 

      O quam cito transit gloria mundi.

 

 

There are several books that have been written about the incidents involving Whitey.  Some are good.  Some not so.  I’ll be commenting on them as we move along so that the record is kept straight.  I’ll try to do that on Sundays.

I’ve mentioned Billy’s book White the Music Lasts.  It was written at the time of the height of his power and influence, just as he was moving from being president of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate to president of the University of Massachusetts.   Billy, the Classic’s scholar,  must have forgotten it is a dangerous hill from which to write about oneself.

 

William “Billy” Bulger – Whitey’s Younger Brother

Billy wrote a book: While The Music Lasts, My Life in Politics.

Billy lived in the Old Harbor Village as a kid.  Like with many things the name of the place has been changed because some politician had the power to name it after a relative.  The person with the power was John William McCormack the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1962 to 1971 who decided his mother’s name should be affixed to it.  It is now McCormack Housing Project.  The name always grated at me.  I always preferred thinking of it as a village rather than a project.

Billy in his book tells about the cops looking for someone who broke a street light.  That was a big event back in those days in the Village.  The cops impounded the neighborhood basketball and wouldn’t release it until someone squealed on the culprit.  All the kids who knew the miscreant’s identity were upset but kept their silence.  The stalemate ended when another light was broken.

Billy explained why everyone remained silent. Referring to his Irish background he noted ”we loathed informers.  It wasn’t a conspiratorial thing –  Our folklore bled with the names of informers who had sold out their brethren to hangmen and worse in the lands of our ancestors.”

If that feeling of childhood continued we’d all have been better off.  Whitey started as an informant in the early 1970’s.  Like all informers Whitey felt he was an exception to the opprobrium attached to being an informant.  But didn’t every informer that ever existed feel like that when he was undermining his friends and neighbors?

Whitey Bulger’s Immunity Deal

Whitey‘s lawyers fired first their first salvo.  According to an article on Boston.com by Martin Finucane and Travis Andersen entitled “A License To Kill,” Whitey’s claiming he had a deal with the Feds that gave him to immunity for all his criminal actions.

Did he?    A soon to be published book: “Don’t Embarrass The Family –  The Trial of Whitey Bulger’s FBI Handler” tells about the immunity deal he alleged he had with the FBI and the deal the FBI said it had with him.

Don’t be so ready to scoff at Whitey’s claim.  To decide this issue alone may take years since it strikes at the heart of the FBI’s long time customs and procedures. I wonder if Whitey’s lawyers truly realize how valid it may.

By the way for all those who think Whitey’s goose is cooked, the book says don’t count on it.  Read it and see why.

(Picture of Whitey in leather jacket shows him facing Stevie Flemmi.  The picture was taken by detectives in Quincy Police Captain Dave Rowell’s special unit that was a thorn in the side of Whitey for years. The original group was Rowell, Dick Bergeron, Bob Crowley, Peter Gallagher and Paul Snow)