The New York Times bestselling author of The Westies and Paddy Whacked offers a front-row seat at the trial of Whitey Bulger, and an intimate view of the world of organized crime—and law enforcement—that made him the defining Irish American gangster.
For sixteen years, Whitey Bulger eluded the long reach of the law. For decades one of the most dangerous men in America, Bulger—the brother of influential Massachusetts senator Billy Bulger—was often romanticized as a Robin Hood-like thief and protector. While he was functioning as the de facto mob boss of New England, Bulger was also serving as a Top Echelon informant for the FBI, covertly feeding local prosecutors information about other mob figures—while using their cover to cleverly eliminate his rivals, reinforce his own power, and protect himself from prosecution. Then, in 2011, he was arrested in southern California and returned to Boston, where he was tried and convicted of racketeering and murder.
Our greatest chronicler of the Irish mob in America, T. J. English covered the trial at close range—by day in the courtroom, but also, on nights and weekends, interviewing Bulger’s associates as well as lawyers, former federal agents, and even members of the jury in the backyards and barrooms of Whitey’s world. In Where the Bodies Were Buried, he offers a startlingly revisionist account of Bulger’s story—and of the decades-long culture of collusion between the Feds and the Irish and Italian mob factions that have ruled New England since the 1970s, when a fateful deal left the FBI fatally compromised. English offers an authoritative look at Bulger’s own understanding of his relationship with the FBI and his alleged immunity deal, and illuminates how gangsterism, politics, and law enforcement have continued to be intertwined in Boston.
As complex, harrowing, and human as a Scorsese film, Where the Bodies Were Buried is the last word on a reign of terror that many feared would never end.
T. J. English
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Born and raised in Boston i have known some of the gangsters T.J.English has described in this book and he is dead on point blank perfect on who they were and what they were. Billy Bulger Senate president of the House which is the most powerful political hack job you can hold in Massachusetts controlled everything he was the gangsters gangster, without him there would never have been a Whitey Bulger. The real tough guys who should have wound up on top never had a chance the deck was stacked against them, Senate President, FBI agents, US Attorneys, federal prosecutors all working for that treacherous Whitey.
This book beats the local Globe and Herald scribblers who have made a fortune by inflating James Bulger into a realm of fantasy. This author sees Boston as it should be remembered. His insight is deep in history and wide in geography. His book placed all the clownish Boston Irish criminals into perspective, measured against the Westies and other Irish thugs in other cities, By all means read Keven and Howie but keep in mind that they are caught up in the myths and nostalgia of a town that disappeared by 1980. English sets them straight.
I have read just about every book written about Janes (Whitey) Bulger. Some were excellent and some not so much. Usually I've split my reviews between reporters and law enforcement. After 25 years experience in law enforcement serving the South Shore in Massachusetts I tend to like the police authors the best. T J English w/ Where The Bodies Were Buried is the exception. I found his book to be very well done. English doesn't seem to have his own agenda like a few reporters / authors, and tells it like it is. Normally the highest review I give is four stars. This book deserves. all five.
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