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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Whitey Bulger read tons of books while on the run from the FBI



Mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s twisted hoarding obsession — exposed yesterday after hundreds of pages of titillating photos and documents were released by the feds — has given the widow of one of his alleged victims new hope that the hellish history of the Southie menace will finally come out.
Bulger, 82, is set to go on trial in federal court in Boston Nov. 5 for the murders of 19 people.
A federal judge ordered exhibits made public of Bulger’s life on the lam with his lover, Catherine Greig, in their Santa Monica, Calif., rent-controlled apartment. Those documents show a sick fascination with mob books, war books, liquid hand soap, cash, an arsenal of weapons — including assault rifles and scopes — white shoes, white hats, white-colored clothes and bogus identification from all over the United States.
“It appears nothing is hidden,” said Mary Callahan, the 72-year-old Burlington widow of one of Bulger’s alleged murder victims. “What happened today just opens the door. I’m very surprised at the depth of the investigation.”
The avalanche of pages released offers the most revealing look yet at the oddball life of the former Boston crime boss during his 16 years on the run, including his insistence on wearing white.
“The Gaskos (Carol and Charlie) were known in the neighborhood as the old couple who always wore white,” according to a transcript of an FBI interview, which referred to Bulger’s alias while running from a 1995 indictment.
Bulger also kept a row of identical white sneakers in his room and several bottles of Aim teeth whitener in the pantry.
The treasure trove of Bulger material was unsealed by the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office following Greig’s sentencing this week where she was sent away for eight years and fined $150,000. The documents include dozens of pictures of the couple’s Santa Monica apartment, including close-up shots of their separate bedrooms, stocked closets and living room — complete with a mixed martial arts-style, human-shaped punching dummy.
Bulger was an avid reader, but alongside the dozens of military tomes were a few books about crime, specifically, his. Three were written by his known associates: Kevin Weeks, Patrick Nee and John “Red” Shea. One, “G-Men and Gangsters,” by Dominic Spinale, was specifically written about Bulger’s decades-long relationship with the corrupt Boston FBI office, while another, “Paddy Whacked,” by T.J. English, about Irish Gangsters in America, which includes a section on Bulger.
Also among the titles was “Escape from Alcatraz,” fitting since Bulger was once an inmate there.
In a heavily redacted document, the FBI interviewed Dr. Reza Ray Ehsan about Bulger’s visit to his clinic.
“Bulger had a temper and would push the nurses around,” the FBI stated. “Bulger liked the clinic because it was clean ... Ehsan suggested a cortisone shot, which Bulger did not want to get. Bulger told Ehsan that he was scared of needles.”

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1061139277


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