Three reporters who covered Bill Bratton at different stages of his career share notes on what he learned in each Boston, New York (the first time), and LA - from "talk to academics" to "win over the media."
Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy discuss the astonishing criminal career of and epic manhunt for the Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice is based on exclusive access and previously undisclosed documents, and it provides a full portrait of this legendary criminal figure—from his upbringing to his crimes to his dramatic capture in Santa Monica in June 2011, to his trial this year.
Famous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is now on trial in Boston. He’s accused of committing 19 murders, and has also been revealed as a long-time informant for the FBI. Reporter Kevin Cullen was the first to report that Bulger was an FBI informant years ago, and he kept up with the case. Brooke speaks to Cullen about Bulger, and about his new book “Whitey Bulger, America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice.”
Cops and Criminals - Howard Shore
Though Republicans and Unionists share power in Northern Ireland, plenty of raw — albeit buried — political and sectarian divisions still remain. A large part of maintaining peace has been keeping the past in the past, which is why when former members of the IRA and loyalist paramilitary groups told their stories for an academic archive to be stored in the US, they were assured that their testimonies would remain secret until they died. On Monday however, a federal judge in Boston decided that some of the tapes and transcripts should be handed over to the police in Northern Ireland who are investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville by the IRA in 1972.
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger will be arraigned in a Boston District Court later today. The onetime federal informant is facing 19 counts of murder, dating back to 1999. At today’s court appearance, several family members of Bulger’s victims will meet the alleged crime boss, who inspired Jack Nicholson’s character Frank Costello in "The Departed."
The 81-year-old Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif. last night, ending the FBI's sixteen-year hunt for him. Bulger was on the FBI's Most Wanted list, indicted on the charge of nineteen murders. Many considered Bulger a source of embarrassment for the FBI, as he managed to elude authorities over the years. He was arrested in an apartment building overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where he was staying with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig.
We speak again with Kevin Cullen, columnist for the Boston Globe, about Senator Kennedy's place in Northern Ireland's politics. Some politicians thought Kennedy agreed with the IRA's political stance. He also speculates on what might have happened if Senator Kennedy had won the presidency in 1980.
We remember Senator Ted Kennedy with various speeches he made throughout the years. Joining us to put Kennedy's life and career in context are Kevin Cullen, columnist for the Boston Globe, and Carl Hulse, chief congressional correspondent for The New York Times.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts died late last night at age 77.
Son of one of the most storied families in American politics, Kennedy had seen triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and will be remembered as one of the most long-serving and effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate.
The death of Mr. Kennedy, who had been battling brain cancer, was announced early Wednesday morning in a statement by the Kennedy family, which was already mourning the death of the Senator’s sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, two weeks earlier.
“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port,” the statement read. “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.”
Mr. Kennedy had been in precarious health since he suffered a seizure in May 2008. His doctors determined the cause had been a malignant glioma, a brain tumor that often proves terminal.
We talk with Kevin Cullen, columnist for Boston Globe and Carl Hulse, Chief Congressional correspondent for The New York Times to remember Senator Kennedy's life.