New York Times best-selling author T. J. English, the acclaimed master chronicler of the Irish Mob in America, offers a front row seat at the trial of one of the most notorious gangsters of all - Whitey Bulger - and pulls back the veil to expose a breathtaking history of corruption and malfeasance.
Whitey Bulger was, following the death of Osama bin Laden, the number-one fugitive on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list; he remained at large for 16 years. One of the most prominent mobsters in Boston's criminal underworld from the 1970s until his disappearance in 1995, Bulger was sometimes romanticized as a Robin Hood-esque thief and protector who looked out for his South Boston neighborhood.
But the truth was much more complicated - and infinitely more sordid - as his trial on racketeering charges revealed in alarming detail. Throughout the era in which Bulger was a crime boss, he was also a top echelon informant (TE) for the FBI, supposedly helping prosecutors make organized crime cases against the mafia by feeding them information that could win them convictions in court. His relationship with the criminal justice system - an arrangement he inherited from a previous generation of gangsters and corrupt lawmen - represents the hidden horror of the Bulger story and the battleground on which prosecutors and defense lawyers clashed at his trial.
There have been other books on Bulger, but none like this. T. J. English - author of Paddy Whacked, the definitive history of the Irish mob - was present every day of the proceedings, and in Where the Bodies Were Buried gives us not just an account of the trial but also a deeply sourced, disturbing portrait of the decades-long culture of collusion between the Feds and the Irish and Italian mob factions that ruled Boston and much of New England from the 1970s forward.
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This was an interesting take on the story of the notorious South Boston crime lord, James "Whitey" Bulger. The author documents the trial of Bulger and his crimes using actual court transcripts and first hand interviews with key Bulger associates, former federal agents and members of the victims families. The book takes a hard look at the people in positions of power in the FBI who allowed Bulger to operate and commit horrific crimes, even to the extent of aiding and abetting murder. While Bulger was found guilty of 31 counts, the individuals who protected him in the FBI, save for one agent, John Connelly, were able to wash their hands of him in the end with no consequences. Worth a listen!
I enjoy books about true crime/historical & famous trials-- trial lawyers would enjoy reading the account of this trial, witness-by-witness. The FBI's participation and outright complacency is shocking as they could have saves many lives. I wonder how much of such activities go on today... reminds me of the dreadful Iran-Contra affair by the Reagan admnistration.
I love all nonfiction but in particular history & science. When I tire of facts I'll run to fiction
Fascinating story detailing the trial and life of Bulger. My only criticism is that the author clearly has a problem with modern media and considers himself in an ivory tower above them. However, this book provides more detail and insight into this case than any other book or film I've seen on the subject.
Incredible revelations in this book. Some amazing facts and insights. A well researched and written account but the narrator read it like a newscaster which made it soulless and kind of ruined it for me. If you can get over that this is a great true crime story.
Wow, all I can say is this book is dull, boring and POORLY read. I've always been fascinated by Whitey and his story, but after 2 hours I had to give up on this book. I find non-stop courtroom talk to be torture and that's 100% what the first couole hours are aIl about. What's worse though is the books reader!!!!! His delivery and voice are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo monotone and dry, with almost zero life or enthusiasm behind it. The idea of hours of that made me want to drive my truck off the overpass.
Pat the reader
TJ English interviews and exposes crimes and murders if a large cast of characters. The corruption of the FBI in Boston and Washington as well as criminal behavior of the Boston prosecutors office. The trial coverage of Murderer Whitey Bulger is very interesting and story and Narration were great!
The narrators voice hurt my ears
I have no idea, I was unable to listen to this book as Mr. Chamberlains voice was like nails on a chalkboard.
I really liked the voice of the narrator. The author has great access to many insider convicted criminals and this makes the story interesting. It is well written. Brian Kelley the prosecutor is a real douchebag as he tries to cover for all his corrupt individuals in law enforcement. I really like the woman juror in the last chapter - she's a brilliant thinker and guardian of the constitution and liberty. Anybody that says that mankind is good by nature is a fool and needs to read just how depraved the human heart is. The federal government and their cover up is just as bad as the convicted murderers.
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