Boston Bandits is the untold story of how the FBI sent four innocent men to prison to hide crimes they committed while covering for their top informant, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger.
For decades Whitey Bulger’s control of South Boston’s organized crime was supported by the FBI because he was one of their top informants. During this time Bulger’s power among Boston area criminal gangs was contested only by the wild and independent square mile know as “The Town.” Bulger accepted that he couldn’t control the criminals in Charlestown, so in an unspoken truce he and the Townies left each other alone. That was threatened when Bulger extorted Joe Murray, an IRA weapons smuggler and marijuana importer. Answering a call for help from America’s top IRA commander, Townie Steve Burke did what none in Boston had dared: He stood up to White Bulger.
Two real life players in this untold true story later succeeded in their own right. Before Brian Goodman moved to Hollywood to become a successful actor he was a close friend to Steve Burke and part of this story. Before she became a United States Senator, Kelly Ayotte was the young lawyer who represented Steve Burke at the 1994 Hudson, New Hampshire armored car robbery and double murder trial. A robbery and murder that was actually committed by a Southey crew controlled by White Bulger. It was a case in which the FBI fabricated evidence to convict Burke and his Town crew to cover their own involvement. The FBI’s cover up sent future United States Senator Kelly Ayotte on a wild goose chase after fabricated evidence that the FBI hid by sending out of the country via a shell game involving several U.S. corporations.
Much has been written about James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. “Black Mass” by Dick Lehr & Gerald O’Neill did a thorough job, as did “Whitey Bulger” by Kevin Cullen & Shelly Murphy. “The Brothers Bulger” by Howie Carr is an early primer. “Most Wanted: Pursuing the Murderous Mob Chief the FBI Secretly Protected” by Thomas J. Foley & John Sedgwick is about the hunt for Bulger as an FBI 10 Most Wanted fugitive. Boston Globe articles by Dick Lehr, Gerald O’Neill, Kevin Cullen, Shelly Murphy, Patricia Nealon, Mitchell Zuckoff, Stephen Kurkjian and Sally Jacobs covered FBI corruption related to White Bulger, as did Boston herald articles by Howie Carr, Ralph Randlli and David Weber. These books and articles tell a great deal of the Whitey Bulger story, but none expose Bulger’s connection to the Hudson robbery and murder, nor do they cover the FBI’s corruption related to the investigation and trial.
Boston Bandits is the beginning of the untold story of how Whitey Bulger murdered men and women, ruined lives and put innocent men in prison. It’s an important story as four innocent men are still in prison.