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That bit of mob byplay was overlooked in 1986 and canada goose nearly lost entirely before emerging from the wiseguy wiretaps years later as the starting point for a major racketeering case against the most elusive gangster in Boston history James (Whitey) Bulger of South Boston.
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Efforts to nail Bulger, who was indicted in January and is now on the run, had been mired in an internecine crossfire over Bulger’s status as a top echelon FBI informant. The investigation needed a new team and a coordinated buy canada goose jacket approach. It got both.
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The case against against Bulger marks a sea change in local law enforcement, an unprecedented coalition that has done much to overcome the ill will arising from Bulger’s role as an informant and his uncanny ability to dodge electronic surveillance used by the Massachusetts State Police and US
But despite the bold initiatives and teamwork that led to his indictment, the story about the legendary Bulger has had a familiar ending: Where’s Whitey?
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With the 66 year old Bulger out there, the case is treading water and the fragile coalition that assembled the evidence is starting to fray at the edges. Some State Police, who have long carried the fight on Bulger, are rolling their eyes while buttoned down FBI agents are glaring back. “We will absolutely catch him,” vowed one law enforcement source.
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Two years ago, a high level law enforcement official told the Globe that there would be as much trouble as glory for the FBI in building a case against Bulger. He saw a public relations debacle down the road if Bulger went to trial and used his role as a bureau informant as a defense that he was only doing what the FBI told him to do.
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So, when Burton (Chico) Krantz walked into Heller’s in December 1986, he was 48 years old, head of the biggest gaming syndicate in New England, and heading for a fall.
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Krantz was just one of the motley cast of underworld characters who drifted in and out of Heller’s. The bugs were as useful in providing a primer for the gambling networks as they were for making specific cases. The taps verified the common understanding that bookies had to pay extortion money to either mob capos such as Vincent Ferrara or to the Winter Hill Gang.
Gradually, prosecutors and detectives realized that the bugs in Heller’s had produced a twofer: money laundering cases against bookmakers and a roadmap to extortion charges against the underworld’s elite who shook the bookies down for monthly payments. A few began to see Bulger skulking backstage behind the paunchy bookies who paid him “tribute.”
When Mikey London gave Krantz what turned out to be a futile pep talk about changing sides from Winter Hill to the Mafia, it wasn’t London’s advice that later mattered to prosecutors. It was the fact that Krantz’s affiliation with Flemmi and Bulger was established for the first time a relationship now at the core of the racketeering case confronting canada goose black friday sale them today. The extortion canada goose outlet section of the indictment is a list of Heller’s clientele.