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Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob

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ISBN13: 9780061122699
ISBN10: 0061122696
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I grew up in the Old Colony housing project in South Boston, a tough, working class, mostly Irish neighborhood. I went from being a Golden Gloves boxer to a bouncer in a popular Southie bar called Triple O's. I got into many fights, knocked out a lot of people, and got noticed by one person in particular. People paid him a great deal of respect, came to him with their problems. Sure, I knew who he was. I'd heard stories. He was tough. He could be vicious. He ran the rackets in Southie. His name was James "Whitey" Bulger, although I always called him Jimmy.

In 1982 I went with Jimmy full time. We became partners, running legitimate businesses and some not-so-legitimate businesses. Basically, we were gangsters. We took what we wanted. We shook down drug dealers, bookmakers, like that. What were they gonna do — go to the police? We beat people up; shot and stabbed them. And we made people disappear — permanently. We were smart — experts at avoiding microphones and cameras. We made millions through extortion and loan sharking and protection. And if someone ratted us out, we killed him. We were not nice guys.

I was there when Jimmy went on the lam in 1994 and I was his contact after he'd left Boston for good. With Jimmy gone, I ran things. Shortly before my own arrest in 1999, I found out that Jimmy had been an FBI informant even before I entered the scene. My life was never the same.

When the feds finally got me, I found myself faced with something Jimmy would have killed me for — cooperating with the authorities.

Do I have any regrets? Nah, not really — only that I should have spent more time with my wife and sons. But I've got a second chance now, and I gotta tell what happened — what really happened. It's a lot different from what you read in the newspapers.

I was brutally honest on the witness stand, and this book is brutally honest, too — the brutal truth that was never before told. How could it? Only three people could tell the true story. With one on the run and one in jail for life, it falls on me.

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Born and raised in a tough neighborhood in South Boston, Kevin Weeks was just 18 and working as a bouncer in a bar when notorious Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger asked him to be his driver. Weeks soon became a full-fledged member of the Winter Hill Gang and descended into a life of crime that would include weapons smuggling, drug running, and murder. In this memoir, Weeks recounts the years he spent with Bulger and describes how he led the organization when his boss went into hiding. He also explains his decision to cooperate with the authorities after being arrested in 1999.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Born and raised in a tough neighborhood in South Boston, Kevin Weeks was just 18 and working as a bouncer in a bar when notorious Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger asked him to be his driver. Weeks soon became a full-fledged member of the Winter Hill Gang and descended into a life of crime that would include weapons smuggling, drug running, and murder. In this memoir, Weeks recounts the years he spent with Bulger and describes how he led the organization when his boss went into hiding. He also explains his decision to cooperate with the authorities after being arrested in 1999. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Kevin Weeks is out of prison and living a clean life in Massachusetts.

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mike1916, August 25, 2006 (view all comments by mike1916)
Kevin Weeks did a lot of things that are true in the book.I can tell there is also alot of lies in this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061122699
Subtitle:
The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob
Author:
Weeks, Kevin
Author:
Karas, Phyllis
Author:
by Kevin Weeks
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Weeks, Kevin
Subject:
Bulger, Whitey
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060310
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.04252 in 20.24 oz

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