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RATMAN
The Trial and Conviction of Whitey Bulger

Howie Carr

About the Book

With a $2 million reward on his head, James “Whitey” Bulger had been the most-wanted fugitive in America for 16 years when he was captured by the FBI in June 2011. Two years later, this Boston organized-crime boss went on trial in his hometown. In his latest book, Ratman: The Trial and Conviction of Whitey Bulger, New York Times best-selling author Howie Carr chronicles the trial of this notorious mob boss, who was charged with 19 murders.

Carr describes the 7-week trial in vivid detail, using photographs submitted as evidence and excerpts from previously sealed FBI reports to illustrate the parade of hitmen, drug dealers, bookies, and crooked FBI agents testifying against their former boss. Carr also shares accounts of a uniquely personal nature, including testimony from one of Bulger’s hitmen that Whitey ordered him to kill Carr in the driveway of his home. After seeing Carr walk out his front door holding the hand of his young daughter, the hitman got cold feet.

Despite Bulger’s attempts to keep this Boston Herald columnist and radio talk-show host out of the courtroom by listing him as a defense witness, the judge allowed Carr to cover the trial, putting readers in the front row at one of the most entrancing murder trials in recent history.

This book is the perfect gift for any true-crime fan.

 

About the Author

Howie Carr is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, The 

Brothers Bulger and Hitman. His most recent book, Rifleman, is a look into the life and mind of Whitey Bulger’s partner, Stevie Flemmi. Carr has been writing about Whitey Bulger for more than 30 years. Before Bulger fled in 1994, Carr was such an implacable foe of the serial killing gangster that Whitey and a henchman allegedly tried to kill him as he left his house in suburban Boston—an incident reported in 2006 on 60 Minutes. This summer, Bulger unsuccessfully tried to have him banned from the courtroom. Bulger’s younger brother, Billy Bulger, then-president of the Massachusetts State Senate, publicly referred to Carr as “the savage.” Ratman is the last chapter, completing a series of fascinating books detailing organized crime in Boston. Carr is a columnist for the Boston Herald, host of a daily syndicated four-hour radio program heard throughout New England, and a member of the national Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago.


 

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Howie Carr Rifleman



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RIFLEMAN

The Untold Story of Stephen Flemmi, Whitey Bulger’s Partner

Howie Carr

About the Book

Stevie “the Rifleman” Flemmi was for 40 years one of the most feared gangsters in Boston, and for much of that time, he was the partner of Whitey Bulger, the 16-year fugitive with a $2 million reward on his head who was captured in 2011. Flemmi has been convicted of 10 murders and took the Fifth Amendment when asked about 10 others. His cohort, Bulger, is charged with 19 more. Their hitman, John Martorano, was convicted of 20 others. Rifleman is the story of Flemmi’s life of crime, as told to federal and state law- enforcement after he pleaded guilty in 2003. The original document that the book is based on is called a DEA 6, and it ran 146 single- spaced pages, covering dozens of extortions, assaults and murders, including two of his girlfriends, one of whom was also his common-law stepdaughter. The book spans the years from the days of dime bets and fedora-wearing gangsters to the modern world of high- flying drug smugglers, who promised Flemmi and Bulger a million dollars each in “protection money” for every boatload of drugs they could bring into Boston Harbor. Along with Flemmi’s statements, the text includes Carr’s notations whenever Flemmi appears to be stretching the truth, which is often. Supplementing the text are close to 300 photographs from Carr’s own collection, a treasure trove of mugshots and noir-style pictures of slain gunmen, hoods being taken into court under guard, as well as never-before-seen wanted posters and FBI documents. This is truly a must-have for any True Crime fan, a combination police procedural and a coffee table book of unforgettable photographs. Flemmi, now 78, is serving a life sen- tence at a penitentiary the Bureau of Prisons declines to identify. He is expected to be a major witness in the federal trial of Whitey Bulger, which is scheduled to begin in Boston June 6.

About the Author

Howie Carr is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, The Brothers Bulger and Hitman. Before Bulger fled in 1994, Carr was such an implacable foe of the serial killing gangster that Whitey tried to kill him as he left his house in suburban Boston — an incident reported in 2006 on 60 Minutes. Whitey’s younger brother, Billy Bulger, then the president of the Mass. State Senate, publicly referred to Carr as “the savage.” Carr is also the host of daily syndicated four-hour radio program heard throughout New England, and is a member of the national Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago. He won a National Magazine Award in 1985 for Essays & Criticism in Boston Magazine.