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Feds: Whitey Bulger at center of ‘murder and mayhem’ in Boston for decades
Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:06, - 0 Comments

June 12, 2013 Boston Herald

South Boston mob boss James J. “Whitey” Bulger was at the center of “murder and mayhem” for nearly three decades, killing 19 people in the 1970s and 1980s, extorting millions from drug dealers and other criminals, and corrupting police and FBI agents, prosecutors said today as the gangster’s trial got under way 18 years after his indictment.

“It’s a case about organized crime, public corruption and all sorts of illegal activities,” prosecutor Brian T. Kelly said. “At the center of all this murder and mayhem is one man — the defendant in this case, James Bulger.”

The government plans to show the jury a 700-page file they say shows Bulger, while committing a long list of crimes, was working as an FBI informant, providing information on the New England Mob — his gang’s main rivals — and corrupting FBI agents who ignored his crimes.

 But defense attorney J.W. Carney disputed that contention, saying Bulger’s heritage prevented him from cozying up with the FBI.
 

“No 1, James Bulger is of Irish descent,” Carney said. “And the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant.”

Mobster Henry Hill was born - 1943
Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:51, - 0 Comments

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Henry Hill

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 11, 1943, mobster Henry Hill was born in New York City. His life of crime was chronicled in the 1986 book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family and the 1990 film Goodfellas. Hill’s underworld exploits included participating in the headline-making $5.8-million heist at the Lufthansa cargo terminal at New York City’s JFK International Airport in 1978. It was the largest recorded cash robbery in American history at the time. 

Road rage murder in Maryland: New Jersey police officer charged
Mon, 06/10/2013 - 17:22, - 0 Comments

June 10, 2013 Christian Science Montior

The New Jersey police officer who allegedly shot a man to death in an act of road rage has been charged with second degree murder and manslaughter by Maryland authorities.

Joseph Walker, an officer in the Hudson County, N.J., prosecutor’s office is being held on a $1 million bond, according to Maryland State Police, for allegedly shooting Joseph Harvey, Jr. on an on-ramp to Route 3, twenty miles south of Baltimore on Saturday.

The motive for the altercation remains unknown. Walker, an off-duty officer, was in a minivan with his wife and three children, according to Maryland State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo. The two vehicles came to a stop on the on-ramp and Harvey allegedly exited his vehicle and walked toward Walker before being shot.

Bridget Bishop is the first to be hanged during the Salem Witch Trials - 1692
Mon, 06/10/2013 - 08:12, - 0 Comments

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Salem Witch Trials

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 10, 1692, Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the Salem witch trials, is hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft.

Madame-to-the-stars Heidi Fleiss is arrested -1993
Sun, 06/09/2013 - 11:08, - 0 Comments

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Heidi Fleiss

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 9, 1993, Heidi Fleiss is arrested as part of a sting operation run by the Los Angeles Police and Beverly Hills Police Departments and the U.S. Justice Department.

KILLED IN KALAMAZOO: The Drowning of Jeffrey Woodruff
Sun, 06/09/2013 - 09:56, - 0 Comments

R.I.P Jeffrey Woodruff

by Eponymous Rox

As far as killers go, the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, which deviously hid missing person Jeffrey Woodruff within its murky depths for three days and nights during the spring of 2013, is one of the deadliest.

Its swift currents, chilly waters, and toxic bed of oily sludge are notorious, making it the least likely place a young man would venture to take a swim, be he intoxicated or stone cold sober.

And cold as a stone Woodruff was when his waterlogged corpse was finally fished out of the Kalamazoo on April 30th, not far from the sleepy shores of Saugatuck and the local tavern from where he’d mysteriously vanished...

Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassin is arrested - 1968
Sat, 06/08/2013 - 11:17, - 0 Comments

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James Earl Ray

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 8, 1968, James Earl Ray is arrested in London, England, and charged with the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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