Thursday, June 23, 2011

Whitey Bulger's Retirement Has Ended

This might not be that interesting for non-Massachusettsians, but Whitey Bulger was finally captured after 16 years on the run.  Bulger's Winter Hill gang absolutely terrorized Boston for years, and his flight has highlighted corruption within the FBI, as he turned his FBI observers into informants. 
We have a strange relationship with crime like Whitey's up here - there's a certain gritty glory attributed to the Winter Hill gang's time in power.  Everyone's response has more or less been "wow, I can't believe they finally got him," not "glad that son-of-a-bitch got what was coming to him" or anything like that.  I think for many in Massachusetts, Whitey Bulger had just ridden off into the sunset.

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