June 29, 2011

Commentary: Whitey Bulger and the lure of those on the lam

I'm sure I'm not the only person who entertained a momentary twinge of regret when I heard that James "Whitey" Bulger, the legendary South Boston gangster, had been apprehended after 16 years on the run. But there's absolutely nothing about him even vaguely romantic or slightly sympathetic. Murder for hire, loan sharking and extortion were the pillars of his career. There's nothing clever or amusing about those lines of work; they're up-close-and-personal sorts of crimes that attract sadists and sociopaths, and there's more than ample evidence that Bulger is both.

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