Months before sadistic Southie gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was recruited by the FBI, he was tracked down for loan sharking where he was bugged and beat up an agency mole, newly declassified cases imply.
Bulger “slapped” this informant, according to records, for “debts” the agency ordered to be left unpaid deliberately to spark anger. This is all part of a 300-page, heavily-worded FBI dossier on a crazed con artist linked to 11 murders, but traced to 19 or more.
The Herald filed a Freedom of Information Act request two years ago in August to search for documents that were finally published – and then disappeared – on the FBI’s online “Vault” library over the weekend.
A Bulger in a wheelchair was brutally murdered – his eyes gouged out – in a West Virginia prison in October 2018. He was 89 years old and his relatives, including former UMass and Senate Chairman William “Billy” Bulger , continue the federal penitentiary system. for $ 200 million.
Declassified: FBI file on James “Whitey” Bulger
But Whitey’s usurious loan, horse fixing, and ruthless enforcement come to life in the pages of the FBI file, at least the pages that weren’t left blank or completely removed.
It is clear that the main FBI bosses, including the directors, knew of Bulger’s rogue tactics as the New England Organized Crime Strike Force targeted gangsters and mafia.
The records – some that must be studied upside down in a mirror – indicate that the FBI in 1974 was on Bulger’s trail with “different groups of thugs in the Boston area” where the victims of loan sharks carried out ” juice payments “- or suffered the consequences.
The FBI rat, a state entry from November 1974, was “in constant fear for his life” for withholding loan payments as the agency put it. But he was “willing to testify” and agreed “to be fitted with a body recorder in order to obtain corroborating evidence.”
“Emergency clearance” was given to the informant to record “juice payments on five loans to five separate thug groups” where he fell “late,” a report said. The FBI adds that the source was hidden in a motel to be kept in a safe place in order to let the matter come to a boil.
Bulger was quickly recruited by rising FBI agent John “Zip” Connolly – who alerted Bulger to the federal government on December 23, 1994, allowing him to run free until he was caught in Santa Monica, California. 16 years later. He lived with Catherine Greig where they hid $ 822,198 in cash in the wall of their apartment.
Connolly – released from a Florida jail last February because a review board said he was “terminally ill” – was convicted of second degree murder in 2008. He was linked to the one of the Bulger murders.
FBI files also include a who’s who of New York and Las Vegas gangsters linked to a national horse racing program to bribe jockeys and drug horses to ensure that bets made by gangsters – including Winter Hill gang members from Bulger to Somerville – would all cash in.
Horses doped or “held” by paid jockeys were named “No Hurry”, “Lyric Poet”, Rollingindough “,” Night Wind “and” Cactus Jack R “. Cactus Jack, according to FBI records, was a “living horse,” who was almost guaranteed to win, place, or show off.
The former Suffolk Downs in Boston, Pocono Down in Pennsylvania, Garden State and Atlantic City in New Jersey, and many more are all named in the records. The casinos and hotels in Las Vegas are called the Dunes, Tropicana and the Riviera.
The gangsters noted were Howie Winter, Bulger’s predecessor in the Winter Hill Gang, who died last year; Meyer Lansky, aka the “Crowd Accountant,” Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal; and “Fat” Tony Salerno of the New York Genoese crime family.
The FBI says Bulger and others in Boston have kept them all informed for fear of reprisal.
SEE FOR YOURSELF: The entire 300-page declassified FBI file on James “Whitey” Bulger posted online at bostonherald.com. (Photo by courier.)
FILE – This June 23, 2011, file reservation photo provided by the US Marshals Service shows James “Whitey” Bulger. Family members of Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger Jr. have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons for failing to protect Bulger, who was beaten to death in a West Virginia prison . The family filed a complaint on October 30, 2020, two years after Bulger was transferred to the US Hazelton Penitentiary and killed. (US Marshals Service via AP, File)
The Bulger brothers are part of a new documentary Discovery +.
(080113 – Boston, MA) Photo shows former professional hockey player Chris Nilan and James Whitey Bulger with the Stanley Cup trophy. (File photo from Herald.)
Janet Uhlar sits for a photo at her dining room table with an arrangement of letters and photos she received in correspondence with jailed Boston organized crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger on Friday, January 31, 2020 , in Eastham, Mass. Uhlar was one of 12 jurors who found Bulger guilty in a massive racketeering case, including his involvement in 11 murders. But now she says she regrets voting to convict Bulger of murder, because she learned he was an unwitting participant in a secret CIA experiment in which he was routinely dosed with LSD for 15 month. (AP Photo / David Goldman)
(063011, Boston, MA) Whitey Bulger is taken from a Coast Guard helicopter to a waiting Sherif vehicle after appearing in federal court in Boston. Thursday June 30, 2011. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill)
This 1953 Boston Police reservation photo shows James “Whitey” Bulger after an arrest. Bulger and his girlfriend Catherine Greig were apprehended on June 22, 2011 in Santa Monica, California, after 16 years on the run. He was convicted of multiple crimes and sentenced to federal prison in 2013. His murder in prison in October 2018 was one of the best Massachusetts stories of the year. (Boston Police via AP, File)
Donato Angiulo and James “Whitey” Bulger in 1980 at the Lancaster Street Garage. Boston Herald file photo
1.18.00 The bad guys (Whitey Bulger and Steve Flemmi). DO NOT GIVE. Herald’s archive photo
This undated FBI photo found in Boston during an evidence search and released on December 30, 1998, shows James “Whitey” Bulger. Bulger was killed on October 30, 2018 in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spending the rest of his life in prison. His secret FBI files are now released. (FBI via AP, file)
Whitey Bulger in a white suit. Boston Herald File
Whitey Bulger is taken from a Coast Guard helicopter to a waiting Sherif vehicle after appearing in federal court in Boston. Thursday June 30, 2011. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill)
(063011, Boston, MA) Whitey Bulger is taken from a Coast Guard helicopter to a waiting sheriff’s vehicle after appearing in Federal Court in Boston. Thursday June 30, 2011. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill)
Whitey Bulger and Steve Flemmi. Herald’s archive photo
This image from the video provided by the FBI shows James “Whitey” Bulger and his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig during an ad campaign to locate the fugitive gangster. The FBI finally arrested Bulger, 81, on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at a Santa Monica residence with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, just days after the government launched the new ad campaign to locate the fugitive gangster , said Steven Martinez, director of the FBI. assistant director in charge in Los Angeles. The arrest was based on campaign advice, he said. (AP / FBI Photo)
(062211, Los Angeles, CA) Fugitive gangster James Whitey Bulger, left, and his girlfriend Catherine Greig are seen in a booking photo after their arrest. (Handout)
FILE – These 1980s FBI file photos show Massachusetts gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Federal Bureau of Prisons officials said Bulger died on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spending the rest of his life in prison. (FBI via AP, file)
Whitey Bulger with Kevin Weeks. Photo by the Department of Justice.
James “Whitey” Bulger is escorted from a US Coast Guard helicopter after his arrest in June 2011. Staff file photo by Stuart Cahill
‘MR POUR UNE EXTORTION’: Teddy Berenson, left, is seen with Whitey Bulger and Phil ‘Hole in the Head’ Wagenheim.
(Boston, MA) FBI press conference on Monday, June 20, 2011 announcing an advertising campaign to locate Catherine Elizabeth Greig, longtime girlfriend of James “Whitey” Bulger. Posters were displayed for the media. Staff photo by Ted Fitzgerald
SALE: Items found in James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s California hideout will be auctioned off as part of the profits going to the victims of the former Southie Mafia boss.
May 28, 1998 — Handout photo of Whitey Bulger entered into evidence in Federal Court. The photo was taken by BOSTON GLOBE photographer John Tlumacki.
Family ties: The Bulger brothers, left to right, William ‘Billy’, James ‘Whitey’ and John ‘Jackie’ Bulger as young men.
(12/21/04, Boston, MA) The press conference for the tenth anniversary of the Whitey Bulger leak. Portrait of Catherine Greig and Whitey Bulger (Photo Michael Fein. Recorded Wednesday)
CLERICAL TERROR: Photo shows James ‘Whitey’ Bulger with a priest identified as Monsignor Frederick Ryan, defrocked for assaulting children.
Catherine Greig, above with the handsome James ‘Whitey’ Bulger ,.
HIS DAY IN COURT: A man alleged to be James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is seen in a Plymouth County Sheriff’s van entering Moakley Federal Court yesterday as jury selection for the gangster’s trial continues.
Whitey Bulger in the back, with (????) at the Lancaster Street garage – surveillance photo in 1980