|U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz|
The Irish mob taking another big hit in America with Jimmy Bulger being put away forever. I don’t know of a more intelligent mobster, or criminal than James Whitey Bulger. Here’s a career criminal who was on the FBI’s most wanted list for sixteen years and yet he was smart enough not to commit additional crimes at least from what we know while he was on the run. And his long-term girl friend Catherine Grieg who is young enough to be his daughter and was in her early 60s when was Whitey was captured, stayed with him the whole time.
To paraphrase Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro’s character in Heat) Whitey Bulger wasn’t a career loser who jacked convenient stores who always got caught, because he kept dropping his driver’s license while putting the stolen money in his wallet, or always smiled for the camera in the store without wearing a mask, with a born to lose tattoo on his arm. Whitey Bulger was a career criminal, because he was very good at it. Knew what to do and how to make money from it and who to eliminate who were real threats to him. And just as importantly to him he knew how to get away with his crimes.
Whitey Bulger, was educated, was well-read, knew how the system and how society worked and what he could do and what he could get away with. You don’t become as successful as a criminal as he was if you don’t know these things. If you’re some uneducated asshole who perhaps likes breaking the law and hurting innocent people, you’re going to end up doing a lot of time in prison. Because you don’t put much thought into your crimes. You just decide that you want to do something and then do it. And then deal with the consequences later on. But Whitey was a career criminal, because he was good at it. Knew what he wanted and how to get it and then get away with it.