BOSTON (CBS) – Howie Carr has chronicled the career of Whitey Bulger, even though he once feared the mobster would take him out.
WBZ’s Jon Keller recently sat down with Carr to discuss the latest with the case.
Carr described fearing Whitey and his cohort Stephen Flemmi back in the mobster’s heyday. If Carr had a target on his back for a number of years, how is he still alive?
“Well, I never went home the same way twice. I took precautions and I stopped meeting people. People would say ‘I wanna meet you somewhere,’ and I’d say ‘I don’t do meetings anymore. I’ll run into you somewhere.’ They were just little precautions you had to take in that situation,” Carr said.
Carr described that Whitey’s police connections kept him out of trouble, for the most part.
“You couldn’t go to the cops. Who was I going to go to, the FBI? Boston police, they weren’t totally infiltrated, but the word would have gotten back to Whitey that he had scared me and I had gone to the cops, and then he would have really owned me,” said Carr.
Carr added that the strangest thing about Whitey’s capture is the amount of money he still had after so many years on the run.
“I wanna know where this money thing came from. I wanna know if these bills (are) more than 15 years old, or if he’s still getting new money somewhere. I think that’s what the FBI is interested in too,” said Carr.
Carr said that the FBI is investigating connections between South Boston and Santa Monica, where Whitey and Catherine Greig were found hiding out last week.
“I keep hearing that they’re in South Boston interviewing people who have relatives or loved ones out in Santa Monica. Apparently, there’s been an underground railroad of people going back and forth between Southie and Santa Monica, and the FBI’s trying to figure out if it’s just a bunch of guys who wanna be the Hollywood movie stars or if there’s something more nefarious to it,” said Carr.