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Thursday, December 05, 2002

Safire Astonishes and Amuses

Boston fans are familiar with the story of Whitey Bulger. For the rest of us, here is Wild Bill:

William Bulger, former president of the State Senate in Massachusetts, is presently the respectable president of the University of Massachusetts. He's the good seed.

"Whitey" Bulger, his older brother, is a mobster who served a term in Alcatraz, led the Winter Hill Gang in a turf battle with the local mafia, and has since been indicted on charges related to 22 murders. The older Bulger has been a fugitive since 1995 with a million-dollar bounty on his head, and is featured on post office walls as one of the F.B.I.'s "Ten Most Wanted." He's the bad seed.

Thanks, I might not have guessed.

Ok, as to the rest, this column is fascinating. Whitey is on the lam. William has been in contact with him, but won't help the Feds locate him, and pro-family position that might cost him his job.

And we care because? Because this is all connected to an out-of-control New England FBI office that concealed murderers and left innocent men in prison in order to protect their own mob informants.

Now, bonus speculation that Safire skipped - Whitey seems like the type of guy who knows too much about both the mob and the Feds, and might die in FBI custody. Or doesn't that happen anymore?

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