Crowds are gathering in Boston today to mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Today on Word of Mouth, we remember the victims, the injured, the first responders, and all of those who offered help.
James “Whitey” Bulger’s lawless run came to an end on Aug. 12 when a federal jury found him guilty on 31 of 32 counts including racketeering, extortion, money-laundering and participating in 11 of the 19 murders with which he was charged. Few people know his story better than Shelley Murphy. The Boston Globe reporter has covered Whitey Bulger and his criminal empire for 17 years. She and Globe columnist Kevin Cullen are authors of “Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice”. We spoke to Shelley when the book came out about Whitey’s path from the housing projects of South Boston to career criminal…to FBI informant…to 16 years as a fugitive on the Lam. Shelley spoke with us about the mobster’s recent trial and convictions, and life after Whitey.
At the time of his capture in 2011, James “Whitey” Bulger was wanted for 19 murders, extortion and loan sharking committed during his reign over Boston’s Irish mob between the 1970s and 1995. During 16 years on the lam, Whitey became the subject of myth; characterized alternately as a “good bad guy”, and, in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 film, The Departed, a venal sociopath.
Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen, a pair of Boston Globe journalists have drawn on 25 years of reporting to create a more complete and nuanced portrait of the restless boy from the Boston projects who became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. Tonight, Murphy and Cullen will be at the Red River Theatre for a screening of The Departed and at a pre-screening reception and talk.
In the wake of the bombings in Boston, NH Senator Kelly Ayotte and other lawmakers are arguing for treating the remaining suspect as an enemy combatant, which would break new legal ground; the national gun bill fails to pass, with Senator Ayotte being the lone New England Senator to oppose the bill; the casino bill backed by Governor Hassan and the NH Senate is now being examined by the NH House Finance and Ways & Means committees; both branches of the NH Legislature continue to work on their budgets.
The sheer volume of humanity packed into the Boston Convention Center doesn't really hit you until you're in and amongst the crowd. Everyone from game developers to Pokemon trainers and Final Fantasy cosplayers are here in force, mingling and chatting in lobbies and food courts. They've made the pilgrimage to the Penny Arcade Expo to celebrate gaming in all of its forms.