How Whitey Bulger Bought Boston

From the very beginning of his career as a South Boston thug, Bulger was an informant. Gangsters planning to hijack a truck “might mention something about a future score to Whitey, just in passing, and sure enough, when they showed up to grab the truck, the FBI or the local cops would be there waiting,” Carr recounts. “H. Paul Rico’s personnel file soon included commendations from the director, J. Edgar Hoover. At the same time, no one suspected Whitey—it was inconceivable that one of Southie’s own would become a rat.”