Keller @ Large: Whitey Bulger Execution Can’t Come Soon Enough

BOSTON (CBS) – Now that Whitey Bulger has finally been captured and, I presume, will be returning to Boston to face justice, let’s be crystal clear about what he is – one of the worst cancers ever to fester within our community.

The 19 counts of murder, extortion, money laundering and drug peddling that were hanging over Bulger when he fled just before Christmas in 1994 were, by the accounts of the criminals who worked with him and the scores of people scarred by his crime spree, the tip of very large iceberg of pathological crime.

Bulger may very well be the worst mass murderer in American history, and there is ample evidence to believe he is a psychopath on the level of Jeffrey Dahmer or Timothy McVeigh.

Bulger and his scummy sidekicks tormented our community for decades, slaughtering people (at one point taking target practice in Roxbury on innocent pedestrians from a passing car), terrorizing others, seizing legitimate businesses, peddling drugs, raping and pillaging.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

And one of his worst crimes was a non-violent one – the corruption of the Boston office of the FBI, a stain on the credibility of a crucial law-enforcement institution that has lingered for years.

Over the coming days, be on your guard against any sentimental garbage about the “good” side of Bulger, how he allegedly drew the line at selling heroin, kept drugs out of Southie (a lie, by the way), gave money to needy people, was somehow misunderstood or mischaracterized.

Watch Jon’s reaction to the arrest on WBZ-TV:

The Scene: Whitey Bulger’s Home In Santa Monica, California

To the extent that public figures or even some in the media fostered that spin over the years, they shamed themselves.

If Whitey Bulger lives long enough to be tried and convicted for his monstrous lifelong crime spree, the feds will surely seek the death penalty, and there has never been a more deserving candidate.

His execution can’t come soon enough.

And we know without a shadow of a doubt where he’ll be headed after be breathes his last vile breath.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  • tsal

    Jon I’d noticed some of the sentimental stuff starting. And worse I’ve heard people interviewed say that he was a mythical hero like those of the wild west and they were hoping he would not be caught. It is truly mind boggling and I’m sorry those statements are even put on the news.


    Because of endless appeals, by the time a 20 year old who has been sentenced to death is actually executed he or she is 81. Whitey is already 81. He will die in prison of natural causes.

  • DrStrangelove

    I suspect he will die in prison of quite unnatural causes, and deservedly so. Justice comes in many ways, and how it’s served up is fine with me – The swifter the better. The true folk hero will be the inmate holding the fork.

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  • Lori

    There are going to be higher ups in the Boston Office (retired or still working) who do NOT want anyone to hear what Whitey has to say. Whitey will sing like the birds and he will have a LOT to say. He is 81 years old. I do not think they will give him the death penalty BECAUSE of what he knows.

  • jaygee

    “Execution”, what execution? There are many serial killers scattered around this country who will never be executed for the hundreds of murders committed so why kill Whitey at 81? It will never happen and you should know that. Some of his henchmen killed dozens and did 10 or 12 years so what would your feelings be on that? Besides, this is Massachusetts and our pseudo-liberal politicians would never approve of such a hideous act.

  • jerry

    Its nothing but a waste of time and tax payers money. A 81 year old fooled the FBI ? now we will be wasting millions more convicting him and giving him a free laywer and free medical care for his heart in prison . It just shows you how wasteful our govt. is . Instead of airing pictures across the country to capture this killer long time ago and catching him the FBI allowed him to live peacefully up to the ripe age of 81 . What a JOKE OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS .Yes they should throw the book at bulger but the guy is 81 and has a heart condition . It just seems to be a waste of time trying to convict him , why not just scipt the judicial process and save money and throw the guy in jail .

  • Matt

    This doesn’t add up. So, the FBI has been hunting him for over a decade with no success. Then on Monday I notice these PSAs airing and almost immediately thereafter, thanks to a new tip, he is captured at his apartment in a densely populated area. I think that Whitey has a LOT of dirt on the FBI and has continued to receive protection/assistance for all these years. Either that or those PSAs were amazingly effective. Perhaps they should have aired them years ago.
    Did anyone hear the FBI guy’s answer at the press conference when asked if the FBI only began staking out the apartment AFTER receiving this ‘anonymous tip’? He said “to the best of my knowledge, yes”…a classic cover your own butt answer. It was a simple question that shouldve been answered with a simple ‘yes’ if the FBI’s story is to be believed.
    This whole thing stinks.

    • tsal

      Matt – oddly I had the feeling when the PSAs began to surface that there was far more to it than we were seeing. I don’t believe in coincidence and I am not sure I’m convinced that a new set of PSAs made any more difference than the many issued previously.

  • andyme

    The press conference was a joke, each agency stepping to the mike blowing smoke up everybody’s you no what on what a great job they did. Glad to see Whitey apprehended, the icing of the cake would be if they found evidence that brother Billy knew where he was and visited him, maybe he could be convicted and lose is lucrative state pension, that would be a true victory for Massachusetts.

    • Tom K

      Why go after Billy Bulger??? The man has a law degree from Boston College, was President of the Massachusetts Senate at a time the economy was thriving and he brought countless funds to Massachusetts to keep that economy strong. Unfortunately he has a psychotic criminal for a brother who committed numewrous attrocious crimes. Last time I checked William Bulger never killed anyone, never dealt drugs, never raped anyone and led a prosperous life in service of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. So please tell why Billy Bulger should be punished for his brother’s sins?

      • Cynic

        You’re right Tom. I never did like Billy but fair is fair. He never did anything except the usual thefts that go with being a politician in Mass.

  • Mark

    Coudln’t agree more andyme!

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  • jerry

    If the FBI wanted to catch this guy they could have lont time ago, i think unless they are that dumb to be fooled by a 81 year old guy which i hardly think is the case . Has the FBI ever heard of john walsh on the most wanted hmmm ? and they are just finially airing a program on him after how many years ? SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY IN DEMARK .

  • Cynic

    Send him down here to OKLAHOMA first…..After that you can do whatever you want with what is left of him.
    The death penalty is alive and well and used often here,and you don’t even have to be Guilty.

  • Meg

    Even at 81, Bulger is not someone who would go quietly with the police, especially with all the weapons found at his apartment…..This whole thing sounds like a cover up. Consider this: If Bulger is found too ill to handle trial, he’ll never go to trial and won’t have to spill all of the FBIs secrets….Maybe the FBI has known his whereabouts for quite some time and has been waiting until he became too ill to stand trial. That way, Bulger got his life as a free man, and in return he keeps his mouth shut for the FBI. It would also explain why he went so quietly. And the new PSA…That was awfully quick and effective, wasn’t it?? It provides a perfectly nice excuse for finding him suddenly….

  • Willow

    Can’t wait till the books come out. Yes, I said books. Everyone will have their version of the “true” story.

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