Blood Brothers

Whitey and Billy Bulger terrorized and corrupted Boston for more than 30 years — Whitey as a serial-killing, cocaine-dealing mob boss on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, and his younger brother Billy as the president of the Massachusetts state senate, the most powerful politician in the state.

Each one’s sinister power reinforced the other’s — as you will hear a former mayor of Boston say of Billy, “If my brother threatened to kill you, you’d be nothing but nice to me.”

This podcast is the introduction to the brothers Bulger, one of whom murdered dozens of people, including young women, and the other of whom remained one step ahead of the life as he intimidated police, politicians and judges for decades.

Whitey is now dead — beaten to death by rival gangsters in a federal prison in West Virginia, while Billy continues to collect a tax-free state pension of more than $200,000 a year.

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Special thanks to WGBH for audio content provided for this episode.

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