Best Whitey Bulger books



I saw “Black Mass” on opening weekend. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Whitey Bulger, the sociopath mobster who wreaked havoc on Boston during his ascent to top crime boss, is brilliant. But seriously, this film is violent and dark and hard to watch. I also found it dismaying to see law enforcement get corrupted. The Bulger case is a cautionary tale of the risks and dangers when law enforcement uses confidential informants – and, a reminder that supervisors and managers need to properly supervise every case involving informants
  
If you want to read more about Whitey Bulger, here are the top books about Whitey Bulger:
   
1. “Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill
  
This book depicts Whitey Bulger’s rise from small time thug to Boston’s most notorious mobster. The 2015 movie “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp is based on this book. The authors are former Boston Globe reporters.  
   
2. “Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob” by Kevin Weeks and Phyllis Karas  
    
The story of Bulger associate Kevin Weeks. Weeks began cooperating with the FBI after his arrest in 1999. His testimony helped convict FBI agent John Connolly and mobster Stephen Flemmi. The authors are investigative reporters at the Boston Globe who worked on the team that fist broke the news that Whitey Bulber was committing major crimes while being protected as an FBI informant.   
   
3. "Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss" by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill 
   
Written by the same authors as "Black Mass", this book goes into more depth about Bulger's early life. Some of the new information about Bulger is based on previously-classified material.  
     
4. "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and theManhunt That Brought Him to Justice" by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

The authors are investigative reporters at the Boston Globe who worked on the team that first broke the story that Whitey Bulger was committing major crimes while being protected as an FBI informant.