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     Citizen Somerville: Growing up with the Winter Hill Gang
Publisher: Powderhouse Press
Author(s): Bobby Martini, Elayne Keratsis

In the early 1960's a bloody civil war broke out between the two powerful Irish Mob families in the Somerville Massachusetts neighborhood known as Winter Hill. Over sixty men were murdered, including the leader of the Winter Hill Gang, James "Buddy" McLean. The leadership of one of the most influential non-Italian crime organizations in the United States was inherited by his childhood friend, Howard T. "Howie" Winter. In CITIZEN SOMERVILLE the events during his tenure offer a true picture of an era in Boston's pre-Whitey Bulger history when the streets were protected by a close-knit group of Irish-Italian "businessmen." The son of one of Winter's closest friends, BOBBY MARTINI has laid his own history bare to depict a life of survival in the rough streets of Somerville, stopping just short of entering the Mob life. The death of Martini's two brothers as well as the murders and suicides of scores of others reveal the darker personal side of a small New England town. CITIZEN SOMERVILLE slices a layer deeper than a crime memoir by allowing a usually ostracized faction to speak - the women. After decades of silence, three strong and very different females lift the Mob veil and voice their own struggle to survive in Somerville's criminal circle. Often painfully poignant and yet frequently hilarious, CITIZEN SOMERVILLE is a microscopic view of a generation struggling to walk the moral tightrope between societal decency and the loyalty of criminality. THE BOSTON HERALD'S Laura Raposa writes..."Stories of Howie Winter and his lieutenants are legendary in Boston, but 'Citizen Somerville' brings them back to life with a bonus: the stories behind the stories. The underworld dramas in the Boston burg have made headlines for decades, but we've never heard from the supporting cast, namely the women and children. Their tales make for an eye-opening, fascinating read."

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     Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano: Whitey Bulger's Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld
Publisher: Forge Books
Author(s): Howie Carr

Martin Scorsese's The Departed barely touched on his story. Now radio talk-show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of Johnny Martorano.
For two decades, Martorano struck fear into anyone even remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty murders... for which Johnny would serve twelve years in prison. Carr also looks at the politicians and FBI agents who aided Johnny and Whitey, and at the flamboyant city of Boston, which Martorano so ruthlessly ruled.
A plethora of paradoxes, Johnny Martorano was Mr. Mom by day and man-about-town by night. Surrounded by fast-living politicians, sports celebrities, and showbiz entertainers, Johnny was charismatically colorful--as charming as he was frightening. After all, he was, in the end... a hitman.


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     The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums & Hideouts (MA) (The History Press)
Publisher: The History Press
Author(s): Beverly Ford, Stephanie Schorow

The capture of notorious mobster James "Whitey" Bulger closed an infamous chapter in Boston history. Yet the city's criminal underworld has a long and bloody rap sheet that stretches back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Boston journalists Beverly Ford and Stephanie Schorow reveal the underbelly of Boston through profiles of ruthless gangsters like Charles "King" Solomon, the Angiulo brothers, Joseph "The Animal" Barboza, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi and many more. Ford and Schorow navigate the backrooms and seedy hangouts where deadly hits and lucrative heists were hatched to guide readers to the real story of Boston's gangster past.

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     PRS Journal, V21, No. 3, Winter, 1961: Philosophy, Religion, Science
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
Author(s): Manly P. Hall, A. J. Howie



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     Hitman
Publisher: Forge Books
Author(s): Howie Carr

Martin Scorsese?s The Departed barely touched on his story. Now radio talk show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist, Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of Johnny Martorano.

For two decades Martorano struck fear into anyone even remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty murders?for which Johnny would serve twelve years in prison. Carr also looks at the politicians and FBI agents who aided Johnny and Whitey, and at the flamboyant city of Boston which Martorano so ruthlessly ruled.

A plethora of paradoxes, Johnny Martorano was Mr. Mom by day and man-about-town by night. Surrounded by fast-living politicians, sports celebrities, and show biz entertainers, Johnny was charismatically colorful?as charming as he was frightening. After all, he was, in the end?a hitman.

The paperback edition of Howie Carr?s riveting true-crime story includes a new epilogue detailing Whitey Bulger?s dramatic June 2011 capture.


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     The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Author(s): Howie Carr

In this riveting "New York Times" bestseller, award-winning columnist Howie Carr reveals for the first time the true lives and dark deeds of two of Boston's most infamous sons in one of the most compelling real-life family sagas of modern times. Available in a special oversized format.

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     Legends of Winter Hill: Cops, Con Men, and Joe McCain, the Last Real Detective
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Author(s): Jay Atkinson

For one year, writer Jay Atkinson worked as a private eye for the storied firm McCain Investigations, founded by the late Joe McCain, one of the most decorated police officers in Boston history. In this colorful narrative, Atkinson describes the cases he worked that year, chasing down an assortment of felons, thieves, and con artists, as well as the ghost of a real American hero, legendary cop Joe McCain.

Big Joe was the genuine article, a detective so committed to his work that a gunshot wound suffered in the line of duty took thirteen years to kill him.

In Legends of Winter Hill Atkinson traces Big Joe?s career from the day he put on his Boston Metropolitan Police uniform in the 1950s through the heyday of his run-ins with mafiosi, bad cops, and ruthless killers, up to his death in 2001. Atkinson also follows the career of Joe McCain?s son, Joe Jr., a tattooed motorcycle fanatic who took up the mantle of his father and became a cop himself.

Legends of Winter Hill takes you into an alluring and gritty world where heroes go unsung every day and moral boundaries aren?t always black and white.

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     Most Wanted: Pursuing Whitey Bulger, the Murderous Mob Chief the FBI Secretly Protected
Publisher: Touchstone
Author(s): Thomas J Foley, John Sedgwick

June 23, 2011. The news of the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger?s capture?after sixteen years on the FBI?s Most Wanted list?swept the nation. Many breathed a sigh of relief. But for Thomas J. Foley, a former Massachusetts state police colonel and the investigator who sparked Bulger?s flight from Boston, the moment was bittersweet. The FBI may have caught Bulger, but as Foley had painfully discovered almost two decades before, they were also responsible for his escape.

It has been known that Whitey Bulger was a secret informant for the FBI, but it has never been revealed?until now?that the FBI was actually actively protecting Bulger from Foley, effectively derailing Foley?s efforts to stop Bulger?s horrific crime sprees time and again. At one point, the FBI even presented Foley with a plaque at a holiday party that read ?the Most Hated Man in Law Enforcement,? a not-so-subtle suggestion that he and his team should lay off their investigation.

Most Wanted is a true-life thriller, and Foley is the hero at its center. His investigative efforts resulted in criminal convictions of a half-dozen of Boston?s most notorious thugs and also led to the conviction of John Connolly, one of the FBI agents who abetted Bulger; Connolly is now serving a forty-year prison sentence. In this book, Foley, a cop?s cop, honestly recounts how his wide-eyed admiration for the nation?s top law enforcement agency was gradually transformed by dark realities he didn?t want to believe.

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When Whitey was captured, and flown back to Boston, he was the talk of the city, and much of the country, too. But it wasn?t for another month that I laid eyes on him myself. He was just a wisp of a guy shuffling around, his rough voice all that was left of the vitality that had once terrified an entire city. Just seeing how old Whitey was as he sat, his shoulders curved, on that chair?it reminded me of how long he?d been gone, and I remembered why he hadn?t been rotting in prison as he deserved. Why someone like Whitey Bulger had been able to stay in business for so long, killing, extorting, dealing drugs, terrorizing. How could it still fester, wrecking more lives, like those of the families of the victims sitting around me? I was pleased to see him captured, no question. But what kept coming back as I looked at this old man was the cold fury that had so often surged through me on this case.



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     Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Author(s): Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neill

John Connoly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the mid 1970's, they would meet again.� By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob.� What happened next -- a dirty deal to being down the Italian mob in exchange for protection for Bulger -- would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, the biggest informant scandal in the history of the FBI.

Compellingly told by two Boston Globe reporters who were on the case from the beginning, Black Mass is at once a riveting crime story, a cautionary tale about the abuse of power, and a penetrating look at Boston and its Irish population.



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     The Baptism of Howie Cobb
Publisher: Dream Catcher Publishing
Author(s): Kenneth Robbins

Howie Cobb left his home in Douglasville, Georgia, when he was just a boy of seventeen. It was 1936. Howie could see nothing in Douglasville but a life trapped in the cotton mill, where many generations of his family had eeked out a living. When the opportunity came to join the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) and seek adventure in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Howie didn't hesitate. He left his family and his girl a somewhat confused boy who knew little of the ways of the world or the ways of God. During his years with the Cs he became a man who understood his place in the world and the true meaning of baptism into the fold. He experienced great joys, suffered the agonies of loss and learned about trust and love. Howie found the deepest core of himself amidst the dark green pines along Iron Mountain Road.

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     Boston Organized Crime (Images of America)
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Author(s): Emily Sweeney

Boston has had its share of bookies and loan sharks, gangsters and wiseguys, hoodlums and hit men. From the Great Brink's Robbery, which was hailed as the crime of the century; to the long-forgotten Cotton Club in Roxbury, where the legendary nightlife kingpin Charlie "King" Solomon was gunned down; to the infamous Blackfriars Massacre, a brutal gangland slaying that left five men dead, slumped over a backgammon game in a cramped basement office--all of these dark moments in time are a part of Boston's history that is rarely spoken about. Boston Organized Crime explores the region's shadier side and takes a closer look at the mobsters and racketeers who once operated in the Greater Boston area. Drawing upon an eclectic collection of crime scene photographs, mug shots, and police documents, author Emily Sweeney takes readers on an eye-opening journey through Boston's underworld, from the bootlegging days of Prohibition to the bloody gangland wars of the 1960s.

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     The Bailey School Kids #51: Dragons Don't Throw Snowballs
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Author(s): Marcia Thornton Jones, Debbie Dadey

A funny and spooky new adventure in the best-selling and beloved series about a town where the grown-ups are more than a little weird.

There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City. But could the town's mad scientist really turn his snow sculpture into a living, breathing dragon?

The Bailey School Kids are going to find out!


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     Deadly Alliance: The FBI's Secret Partnership With the Mob
Publisher: HarperTorch
Author(s): Ralph Ranalli

It was the brainchild of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover: the Top Echelon Informant Program. Under its protective umbrella, dangerous felons were courted and coddled and given free reign to commit the worst crimes imaginable in exchange for damning insider information about the bosses of organized crime. Dangerous conmen and sociopaths, like South Boston's James "Whitey" Bulger, became Bureau-supported criminals kingpins, indulging in robbery, extortion, even murder under the eyes of the FBI. Only now, forty years after the program was first conceived, is the true story of blood and madness being told and an account made of the bodies left in its wake.

A prize-winning Boston journalist, Ralph Ranalli now exposes a shocking history of corruption, terror, and violence born of an unholy collusion between America's top law enforcement agency and some of the worst criminal psychopaths ever to victimize an unwary nation.

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     FBI's Ten Most Wanted
Publisher: HarperTorch
Author(s): Dary Matera

Complemented by details about the inner operations of the FBI, this fascinating history of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List includes complete profiles of each of the list's ten current fugitives, along with information on their suspected whereabouts, updates on recent captures, and a historical overview.

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     Ratting: The Use and Abuse of Informants in the American Justice System
Publisher: Praeger
Author(s): Robert M. Bloom

Showing informants in a variety of contexts provides a broader picture of them, and highlights the potential pitfalls associated with their use within our criminal justice system. Police depend on insiders to prosecute the perpetrators of many of the so-called victimless crimes like drug dealing, money laundering and political corruption. As victimless crimes have grown, so has the use of informants. Providing insights into law enforcement techniques as well as the Court's response to them, Bloom illuminates the pernicious legal ramifications that can result from the justice system's relationship to and use of informers. Law professors, criminologists, and law enforcement scholars will find Bloom's account of this much used and abused but under-reported aspect of America's law enforcement efforts both edifying and sobering.

There are different kinds of informants. Some are used to infiltrate and destroy organized crime operations, and others, such as Linda Tripp, are used to investigate government officials. Informants are motivated by a variety of reasons, including financial gain, political power, elimination of competition, and avoiding criminal punishment. Some are even imaginary, fabricated by police to justify their activity. Bloom discusses each type of informer, grounding his commentary in real cases, some well known, others obscure. He then concludes by suggesting how potential and real abuses of the informant system can be curbed.



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     Hercules Doesn't Pull Teeth (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, No.30)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Author(s): Debbie Dadey, Marcia T. Jones

Dr. Herb, the new dentist in town, has extra large muscles and wears a shirt that says "Champion of the World". Could he really be Hercules, the strongest man ever? (Digest) .

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     THE PHANTOM PIRATE: Tales of the Irish Mafia and the Boston Harbor Islands
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Author(s): DAVID KALES

This is a story about a modern day pirate, the most ruthless gangster and feared crime boss to ever come off the streets of Boston. Some readers would no doubt recognize this man, so his name and the other characters in this story have been changed to protect the dead-- and those who could become the dead. For twenty-five years, he ruled the Boston underworld, controlling illegal gambling, loan sharking, and drug dealing in Boston, up and down the East Coast from Maine to Rhode Island. He was the Don of Boston's Irish Mafia. Who is this modern day pirate? What was his secret deal with the FBI? Where is this man now? Only The Phantom Pirate knows

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     Almost a Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the 1980 Phillies
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Author(s): William C. Kashatus

Being a Phillies fan has never been easy. The team has amassed the most losses of any professional sports franchise in history, as well as the longest losing streak and the most last-place finishes in the major leagues.

The year 1980 was redemption for a miserable, century-old legacy of losing. It was also the beginning of the end for a team that could have been among the very best in baseball throughout the decade. Between 1980 and 1983 the Philadelphia Phillies captured two pennants and a world championship. Legends like Tug McGraw, Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, and Pete Rose led the collection of homegrown products, veteran castoffs, and fair-haired rookies. If they had won another World Series, the team not only would have distanced themselves from a history of losing but would have established a championship dynasty. It never happened.

The 1981 season was a watershed for both the Phillies and baseball. A players' strike led to a sixty-day work stoppage. The Phils, who had been in first place before the strike, were unable to regain their winning ways after play resumed. Labor relations between an increasingly powerful Players Association and inflexible owners became more acrimonious than ever before. Player salaries skyrocketed. Old loyalties were forgotten, and the notion of a homegrown team, like the 1980 Phillies, was a thing of the past.

Almost a Dynasty details the rise and fall of the 1980 World Champion Phillies. Based on personal interviews, newspaper accounts, and the keen insight of a veteran baseball writer, the book convincingly explains why a team that had regularly made the post-season in the mid- to late 1970s, only to lose in the playoffs, was finally able to win its first world championship.



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     Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob
Publisher: William Morrow
Author(s): Kevin Weeks, Phyllis Karas

When James J. "Whitey" Bulger, currently on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list with a $1 million reward for his capture, ran the Irish mob in South Boston, no one was closer to him than Kevin Weeks. Weeks was Bulger's handpicked deputy, trusted confidante, and loyal partner for the last dozen years of Bulger's reign. He was there when Bulger carried out his hits; he dug basement graves when bodies needed burying; and he followed Bulger's instructions to lie low when tipped off that the Feds were moving in. Weeks was so trusted by Bulger that after Bulger went to ground, it was Weeks who met with him five times in New York and Chicago to give him new identification and the latest news. And the it was Weeks who ran the Bulger mob's rackets for five years until he was finally arrested. In 1997, nearly 20 years after Weeks began his association with Bulger, Weeks learned that his mentor in crime had been an FBI informant for 25 years, which went against everything mobsters held sacred. Although Whitey Bulger has been written about before, including a chapter in Paddy Whacked by T.J. English, no one at the top of his operation has ever talked, and the low-level street guys who have talked just haven't gotten it right. The only other person who knows the real deal is Stevie Flemmi, but with Flemmi serving a life sentence with no chance for parole, Weeks is the only one with the goods who is able to set the record straight. Kevin Weeks is now out of prison after serving five and a half years of a lifetime sentence, which was reduced after he testified that Bulger's FBI handler had tipped off Bulger to his impending arrest, revealed the location of numerous mob graves, and cooperated with absolute honesty. Weeks is the first person who has the real inside info, and he's willing to tell it all, what it was like on the inside, how they did business, the actual deals, the hits, and where the bodies are buried.

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     Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish-American Gangster
Publisher: William Morrow
Author(s): T. J. English

Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob, from the mid-nineteenth century all the way to the present day. History shows that the heritage of the Irish American gangster was established in America long before that of the more widely portrayed Italian American mafioso, and has held strong through the modern age. In fact, the highest-ranking organized crime figure on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List -- alongside Osama bin Laden -- is not a wiseguy, a Latin King, or a gangbanging Blood or Crip, but an old-style Irish American mob boss from South Boston.

In PADDY WHACKED, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader from Hell's Kitchen; and James "Whitey" Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. This is an epic story of corrupt politics, wanton murders, gambling empires, notorious brothels, tough women, and hard-drinking pugilists from the underbelly of America's most dangerous cities -- including New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City, and Cleveland.

Combining storytelling verve with thorough research and a slew of never-before-published material -- including new interviews with former gang members -- English presents a riveting, seamless cultural history of the Irish American underworld. He offers a brilliant portrait of a people who fought tooth and nail for a better life from the moment they arrived in America, whether it meant taking charge within the realms of law enforcement and politics -- from Tammany Hall to the White House -- or capitalizing on what opportunities they could in the darker world beyond the law. PADDY WHACKED is an irresistible tour of the undercarriage of our history -- a ride that stretches from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations ... and along the way deepens our understanding of the American experience.

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