America's Most Wanted Gangster

Friday, June 28, 2013


Famous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is now on trial in Boston. He’s accused of committing 19 murders, and has also been revealed as a long-time informant for the FBI. Reporter Kevin Cullen was the first to report that Bulger was an FBI informant years ago, and he kept up with the case. Brooke speaks to Cullen about Bulger, and about his new book “Whitey Bulger, America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice.”

Cops and Criminals - Howard Shore


Kevin Cullen

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

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Aug. 21 2013 02:00 PM
Steve Greenidge from Toronto, Ontario Canada

Great story, however, I find it a bit distressing how Kevin Cullen tries to garner sympathy for Bulgier's mistress, brother and the corrupt FBI agent at the end of the piece. Giving kudos to the agent for staying loyal?? What?? Lamenting the downfall of William Bolger's career because he was 'pulled into this" by his gangster brother and finally trying to make us feel sorry for the mistress because she died slugging it out as a waitress at a convention centre... opposed to where Mr. Cullen, a Santa Monica beach? Some would suggest she should have died in a prison cell for associating, aiding and abetting a monster fugitive.

Captivating tale but unsympathetic characters all around.

Jul. 03 2013 02:16 PM
Andrew M from Santa Rosa, CA

This was an absolutely riveting interview segment. Wow, fantastic story about an American gangster. Terrific interview. Great stories all around on the show today, but this interview was amazing. I think you finally got the right angle of fairness but honest presentation of facts on the stories (thank God you've gotten rid of the old glibness-- a straightforward approach makes for better journalism), but this interview, wow, great editing job to make it completely edge of your seat fantastic true story. I was blown away by it.

Jul. 01 2013 02:51 AM
Bob Gardner from Randolph, MA

I'm disappointed that Brooke Gladstone forgot that this show is "on the Media", because an interview about the media's treatment of Whitey Bulger would have been much more interesting than hearing Kevin Cullen repeat the same anecdotes he's told fifteen times.
During the 1980's I saw occasional coverage of Whitey Bulger in the Globe, and a lot of coverage of his brother William, the Senate President. But even though the coverage of Sen Bulger was often very critical, the fact that his brother was Whitey Bulger, the gangster was never mentioned.
I would love to hear what Kevin Cullen, or anyone at the Globe has to say about this. You should invite him back to "On the Media" and ask.

Jun. 30 2013 08:29 AM
Jerrold Richards from Lyle, Washington

Through the years I have heard four different reasons why other police neither like nor trust the FBI. I would very much like to get your guest's views concerning these four, and also for him to mention and comment on any other reasons.
First, the FBI as blundering, arrogant, and incompetent.
Second, the FBI as corrupt.
Third, and related to the second reason above, the FBI as primarily involved in politics, not law enforcement.
Fourth, a meta-version of the third reason above, the FBI as perceiving itself to be, and at times being used by others as, our national Thought Police, managing and enforcing as it can a package or range of accepted values, ideological paradigms, and behaviors.
Maybe you can pass this on to your guest so he can percolate and respond if he wishes.

Jun. 29 2013 10:25 PM
AW Wood from Boston

I enjoyed the interview with Kevin Cullen, but in any future updates on Bolger it would be nice to hear from Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neil who co-wrote the definiitive record of Bolger's relationship with the FBI (Black Mass), and also just published a Bolger bioography (Whitey).

Jun. 28 2013 09:23 PM

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