Flashback: 'Whitey' Bulger Revealed
Real story of Irish mob boss
- Duration 7:00
- Date Jun 23, 2011
Real story of Irish mob boss
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It was one of the FBI's most trusted and veteran informers ever but now he's on the FBI's ten most wanted -- And -- switch from favorite son to fugitive is a shocking and almost unbelievable story.
About critics say the FBI went into business with the mob.
Do you think people were murdered murdered because the FBI's involvement.
I don't think so I -- so.
I think -- you -- plans hands.
This is out -- South Boston that -- it mostly Irish American community that police say it was once ruled by Whitey Bulger.
And the notorious winter hill gang.
But what happened on this very street has erupted into an FBI scandal for now federal prosecutors say that some of why -- is alleged partners in crime.
With the very FBI agents were supposed to put him behind bars.
What's clear is that the FB IA certain members of the FBI.
Or extraordinary extraordinarily close to these people to the point where.
It was -- very hard to tell the difference between organized crime and and the federal government.
For more than twenty years Whitey Bulger led a double life authorities say he rose -- the top of the Boston underworld but did it by routing out the mafia.
All with the FBI's blessing.
Bomb plot was a state police investigators spent eighteen frustrating years trying to lock up -- -- and is reputed right hand man Stephen the rifleman Flemmi.
According to reports and indictments were actually carry -- on.
It's killing people at the time that they were.
At -- -- -- Dying in the FBI agents home.
Shared meals with them sharing guess with them.
Now objectives and and biased and navy.
When it comes time to supervise and control such.
They -- are outlined in this massive 661.
-- -- Boston federal judge that lays out a litany of alleged transgressions.
It says agents tipped off Bulger before his indictment so we could go on the lamp.
Reveal details of wiretaps and bugs so we can avoid being arrested.
At a Boston FBI boss took bribes from Bulger and that agents exposed informants who were then.
Murdered the FBI was in partnership with.
Whitey -- that's who we know there's no there's no other way to describe it Anthony -- an -- is one of Boston's top criminal defense attorneys who represents organized crime figures.
He says in one case the FBI passed information on to Bulger and Flemmi that led to the unsuccessful hit on his client.
And -- -- and mob boss Cadillac frank salami.
They -- turned with the the their roles completely upside down instead of going after guys like Bulger Flemmi.
They not only they not only ignored what they were doing they assisted them.
That you know doesn't get any worse.
But the pair was doing according to prosecutors was taking over Boston's gang -- all while maintaining a Robin Hood image.
Authorities say this is the gang's all headquarters that they got it after threatening the owners today called the cops who told the FBI.
But instead of investigating.
Star FBI agent John Conley soldiers and -- -- handler allegedly tipped them off.
That's led to racketeering charges against him he's pled not guilty his attorney would not comment.
Austin lawyer Harvey self regulate has been critical of the FBI.
When you have people ups won't we'll pull the -- you know they're protecting murderers.
Would you call that a perversion of the system.
Sources say -- Bulger and Flemmi all grew up in new south Boston housing project prosecutors alleged the neighborhood ties that bind continued in their adult life.
Even after a five separate state investigations.
-- Bulger and Flemmi remained untouchable.
During one operation Bob -- squad finally put a bug in a bad guys garage but it seems someone gave this suspects'.
Heads up all.
Our efforts were fruitless because today that we were placed a bug in this today that they start -- up did the FBI hotline.
Yeah that's been found mr.
Protected -- him.
Boston Globe reporter Dick layer is writing this book about the case -- -- this is a story about it.
The abuse of government power when that when the power goes unchecked.
The the alliance here between.
Not Whitey Bulger in the Boston FB -- -- and went on for more than two decades.
And that and the -- the corruption that was involved is now mind boggling they killed.
The individuals they believed we're threats to them using they're using FBI information yes.
And January Boston could no longer ignore the brutal acts of gangsters under protection of the FBI.
At this -- site three bodies -- on earth all victims of -- -- Well that remains are these dead flowers and questions about FBI misconduct.
One gang member reportedly let cops here.
Where they found the bodies of two Irish governments and the decomposing remains -- -- 26 year old stepdaughter who was supposedly about to expose his affair with her.
We're here the world is small and -- related.
Fighting soldiers brother as one of the most respected and powerful politicians in the state.
Billy Bulger former president of the state senate.
He now heads the University of Massachusetts there's never been any allegation that Billy villagers connected to any wrongdoing.
Sources say he has lived across the street from -- mother where gangsters and FBI agents regularly met for Sunday suffers.
Everything about this case it gets gets stranger and stranger as more comes out.
Billy Bulger declined our request for an interview.
And Boston City Council president Jim Kelly didn't want to talk it was either.
Even though he wrote a letter to a judge supporting another alleged winter held gangster.
-- south -- people seem very protective of their own.
As we took pictures of neighborhood hangouts they train their cameras on us insiders say the culture of -- the -- Bulger and the gang prosper even today.
Along says there are a lot of good FBI agents he questions the bad ones.
Well this very results for.
There's always for -- because everything that ever happen any time he ever became a subject of investigation.
Into offense was run from them.
-- 1995 when the FBI supposedly -- to Marc Bulger has managed to avoid capture.
He's believed to be traveling with his girlfriend.
And they have been spotted in Louisiana New York Florida and Iowa public should know that we're gonna do everything we can that the find -- and bringing to justice there's a bureau refused every get a request for an interview -- -- at a September news copper and brass admitted things had gone horribly wrong and the way Bulger and Flemmi were handled.
Sure mistakes in serious mistakes were made -- -- arranged all the way from just plain stupid.
-- in some cases outright criminal it's going to be I think one of the biggest scandals.
That ever hit the FBI.