Wed column ping by The Suspended One (suspended from RKO
but not the Herald)
Whitey Bulger sightings one for the books
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | http://www.bostonherald.com
PALM BEACH - Whitey Bulger, on the Pacific coast of Canada? Hope Im wrong but I cant see it myself - Id pass on that screenplay.
I suspect the FBI would be more likely to find him right here, in one of the original sunny places for shady people, among them his brother, who greatly enjoyed the Breakers, at least until they took away the Corrupt Midgets UMass expense account.
So the feds were on Vancouver Island in British Columbia last week, visiting bookstores because Whitey is a reader.
Even if they inevitably do turn out to be mirages, Whitey sightings dont bother me - they sell books. The difference now is, a sighting isnt stop-the-presses news like it used to be. In the old days, the wise guys lined up wanting to get a cutting remark into the paper about King Rat. Now, a sighting generates mostly yawns.
I called one of the old gang yesterday and asked if he wanted to throw in his two cents. He laughed.
Its all yours, he said. No comment.
At least this latest news gives me the opportunity to gratuitously print a mugshot I recently came across of one of Whiteys lieutenants, Kevin Squeaks, I mean, Weeks, as in Two Weeks, which was how long he stood up after he was arrested in 1999.
Whitey had been gone about five years when the feds snapped this photo of Weeks, which works out to about one new chin per annum. Suppose by some miracle the G-men do lug Whitey before he assumes room temperature, and he gets a chance to see the old gang assembled in the courtroom. If that happened, I think Whitey would turn around from the defense table and tell them, Nice to see none of you have let your troubles affect your appetites.
But cmon - what are the odds now that the cops grab him before hes in extremis, and in the last few moments of being worth $2 million in reward money to his beyond-greedy family members?
There hasnt been a confirmed sighting of Whitey in North America since 1996. If you told me hed been spotted in Montreal, OK. Maybe he forgot to clear out all of his safe-deposit boxes where he had all that cash stashed back in the late 1980s.
Wherever he is, if you see him before I do, mention one thing to him. I just came across some old, musty documents in which Stevie Flemmi claimed Whitey had a 15-year-old girlfriend and her first name was . . . well, Ill leave that out.
Come out with your hands up, Whitey! Youre just what I need to get a sixth printing for the paperback.
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