FBI-mafia axis. (Inside Report).
During the early 1960s, responding to political pressure to crack down on organized crime, the FBI devised a program to recruit "top echelon" informants inside various crime syndicates. Recruits included Boston's "Winter Hill Gang--vicious thugs eager to seize control of the rackets from the Patriarca crime family." The FBI devised an entente with the Winter Hill syndicate: "In return for information on the mob, Boston agents looked the other way as the Winter Hill Gang sold drugs, stole and murdered, even tipping it off when state police or federal drug agents were on its trail." This arrangement was forced into the open in 1995, when Massachusetts state police and federal narcotics investigators finally built a racketeering case against the Winter Hill Gang.
Former FBI agent John Connolly, convicted of racketeering and obstruction of justice, awaits sentencing. One of his former Bureau colleagues who also accepted mob bribes has been granted immunity in exchange for his testimony. Former Winter Hill Gang boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger, just rising in the crime world when he was tapped to become a "top echelon" informant for the Bureau, remains at large, despite being blamed for at least 21 murders--11 of which were carried out while he was an informant.
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|Publication:||The New American|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Aug 26, 2002|
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