Is John J. "Whitey" Bulger the “Biggest Mob Rat of Them All?” The answer to that question depends, among other things, upon the answers to the
following questions: When, if ever at all, will Whitey Bulger be apprehended and/or become the victim of mob retribution?
If the answers to these questions are "Never," then Whitey Bulger's candidacy for the “Biggest Mob Rat” position depends strictly upon the elite
mob ratting he has already committed.
John J. Connolly Jr., a rising FBI agent and fellow "Southie," i.e. resident of South Boston, Massachusetts, had known James J. "Whitey" Bulger
since boyhood when Whitey rescued him from a playground fight. 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 Massachusetts Irish Mob.
After investigating organized crime in New York, Connolly was reassigned to the bureau's Boston office in 1975, and was determined to make a name for
himself by relying on his old connections. He succeeded in a big way by lining up Whitey as an FBI informant in an effort to bring down the Italian
Mafia---a major coup for both the FBI and Connolly. In exchange, Bulger received protection. Though heavily involved in extortion, intimidation,
assassination, and drug trafficking, Connolly's "good bad guy" did not receive so much as a traffic infraction for over 20 years.
In time, however, the deal changed, and information began flowing in the other direction, with Bulger manipulating Connolly and a small group of
corrupt FBI agents to further his nefarious network. The criminals and the lawmen eventually became virtually indistinguishable.
In the wake of revelations about and accusations against John J. Connolly Jr. and H. Paul Rico, a Whitey Bulger who is cooperating with the FBI is a
mixed blessing. Whitey Bulger probably has a huge amount of potentially damaging and previously undisclosed information to share about FBI
If he is apprehended or otherwise saved from mob retribution by the federal authorities, John J. "Whitey" Bulger is destined to become the "Biggest
Mob Rat of Them All." either way his prospects seem to have
run out or surely on their way .....