America's most wanted gangster and the manhunt that brought him to justice
Fugitives from justice
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Connolly insisted to other agents, and even to his supervisors, Morris and Ring, that Whitey and Flemmi were to be treated not as criminals but, as he put it, associates.
The war against organized crime in Boston was reaching its climax; and through it all, the FBI and the state police were at war with each other.
Whitey was able to cement his power precisely because the FBI considered the Mafia the only worth while organized crime target for law enforcement.
For the FBI, Whitey Bulger the fugitive was Public Embarrassment Number One.
How could he and Whitey be guilty of the crimes the federal government had charged them with? They had committed those crimes with the permission of the FBI.
As the clerk magistrate of Boston Juvenile Court, Jack Bulger was a sworn officer or the court. But he didn't hesitate to break the law to help his fugitive brother.
But Bill Bulger's loyalty to his brother trumped any obligation he might have felt to either the FBI or the public good in general.
The FBI had been "looking" for John Martorano for sixteen years. The Massachusetts State Police found him in less than a day.
Bulger loyalists, many owing their jobs to Bill Bulger, clung to the myth that Whitey made their streets safer.
The resulting propaganda, showing the IRA in bed with Boston criminals, could be much more damaging then losing seven tons of weapons.
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