John “Zip” Connolly was perhaps the most corrupt special agent in the tawdry history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A native of South Boston like the Bulger brothers, he handled their dirty work for a quarter century, becoming a multi-millionaire on a policeman’s salary. As a decorated G-man, he made training videos for the FBI academy, which you will hear, instructing young agents how to handle organized-crime informants. At the same time, though, he was tipping his underworld paymaster Whitey to informants so that they could be murdered.
“Never try to out-gangster a gangster,” Connolly said, but now he’s serving a life sentence in a Florida state prison for a gangland hit he orchestrated in Miami.