Start by marking “Black Mass” as Want to Read: John Connoly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University. "Black Mass should prompt a reevaluation of the uses and misuses of informers by law enforcement officials throughout the country."―New York Times Book. Editorial Reviews. medical-site.info Review. In the spring of , Boston Globe reporters Dick An site Book with Buzz: "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" "This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book." ―Arianna Huffington.
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Whitey BGulger's story is fascinating, however, this book is written from a journalistic point of view and includes lots of overlapping and repeated time frames and. A triumph of investigative reporting, this full-bodied true-crime saga by two Boston Globe reporters is a cautionary tale about FBI corruption and the abuse of . Black Mass is a American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Cooper and written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between.
Connolly will take care of that, lickety-split.
So yeah, it's a twisted situation—not to mention a huge scandal for the FBI. To protect its own butt, the FBI covered up its relationship with Bulger for decades until a hard-nosed prosecutor named Fred Wyshak arrives on the scene and busts everything into the wide open.
Adapted to the big screen in with a stellar performance of Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, Black Mass tells a true tale that would seem unrealistic if it wasn't penned by two Boston Globe writers.
Authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill channel their skills as journalists into the book, condensing an insane amount of real information into a tasty, easy-to-consume package. So put away your magic wand, put the broom back in the corner and, for the love of all that is holy, throw that eye of newt down the garbage disposal.
You'll need a lot more than that if you want to roll with Whitey Bulger. Why Should I Care?
We'd all like to think that our leaders have our best interests at heart, but that isn't always the case. As we're reminded throughout Black Mass, powerful people are still people—and no person in human history has ever been perfect. In fact, many—like the people discussed in Black Mass—are about as far from perfection as you can get. Each of the players in the saga of Whitey Bulger are driven by personal motivations.
John Connolly is driven by his childhood adulation of his neighbor, Whitey Bulger. John Morris is driven by a desire to be one of the cool kids for once.
Even Whitey's brothers—businessmen and politicians, the lot of them—risk their careers to protect a gangster simply because he's their big bro.
Of course, none of these folks consider how their actions impact Boston at large. Whether we're talking about the business Bulger steals, the drugs he ships into the city, or the people he straight up murders, Whitey drops some dirty deeds on his hometown.
No matter how personal Connolly and Morris' decision to aid Whitey might be, the impact of their choice is societal. This doesn't mean that you should never trust someone in charge—but you should remember that they're people too.
As Southie fathers worked long hours at blue collar jobs to support growing families and mothers relegated to the role of homemaker, boys joining gangs became a rite of passage in which they may have experienced more love and attention than they did in their home life. Quickly rising through the ranks, Bulger's persona soon grew to legend proportions in his South Boston Irish neighborhood. His charismatic albeit pushy personality caught the attention of many younger kids including one John Connelly.
The two Southie natives would be linked for the rest of their long, tumultuous lives. It is Having finally been transferred to the Boston office of the FBI following a stint in Manhattan, John Connelly is assigned to handle the wheelings and dealings between the Irish and Italian mafia. With Irish leader Howie Winter on the lam and members of the Italian Angiulo targeted by the feds or imprisoned, Whitey Bulger and his go to pal Stevie Flemmi look to fill the power vacuum and take over the Boston underworld.
With one of his own now entrenched in the FBI office, Bulger was ripe to take over as the crime king of Beantown. In exchange for information on a whos who list of Boston Mafioso personalities, Bulger and Flemmi would go on to enjoy immunity from indictment for the next thirty years. In all Bulger and Flemmi would go on to be involved with every crime imaginable including drug trafficking, money laundering and extortion, and having a hand in twenty one murders over a twenty year period. With the unwritten South Boston rule against ratting a fellow Southie to the authorities, the two would operate in broad daylight and little could be done to stop their rise to power.
Each time the FBI moved toward a conviction, Connelly would tip off the pair and like clockwork they would disappear. Additionally, should any South Boston family man question Bulger's authority, he would conveniently be put out of business or worse found to be disappeared within days.
The case of Stephen and Julie Rakes' South Boston Liquor store epitomizes how Bulger and his underlings would threaten decent citizens until they got the result that they desired and would stop at nothing short of murder to get what they wanted.
In short, Bulger was the feared underworld king of Boston. Bulger and Flemmi might still be operating today if it was not for a chance meeting between ousted FBI operative John Morris and Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr, an author of this book.
Hinting that Bulger had long been used as an informant, Lehr, O'Neill, and a team of reporters slowly started a fact finding mission to uncover the dirt on Bulger.