Gotta Watch: Inside the mob
Authorities arrested James “Whitey” Bulger and his long-time girlfriend, 60-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Greig, after 16 years on the run.
June 24th, 2011
10:17 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Inside the mob

It's omnipresent. With tentacles in nearly every part of the world, the mob may be one of the globe's pervasive organizations. James "Whitey" Bulger's arrest after 16 years is just the latest high-profile incident for organized crime, which has gone mainstream thanks to a popular reality show, various tell-alls and one of the biggest busts in recent memory.  You Gotta Watch to learn how it all works.

Who is 'Whitey' Bulger? – He may not have the instant name recognition of a John Gotti or Al Capone, but that doesn't make him any less dangerous in authorities' eyes. The FBI believes James "Whitey" Bulger ran South Boston for years, orchestrated murders, dealt in narcotics and money laundering - all while acting as an FBI informant. His infamous persona even became the inspiration for a character in the hit movie "The Departed."
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The inside man – Michael Franzese used to love his mob life, but always knew he'd get pinched eventually. It took several indictments and a prison sentence for the former mobster to change course and now he's telling all about his days inside the mob.
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'Mob Wives' – Most associate mobsters with organized crime. Rarely do people consider the families of those gangsters. That premise has made the stars of "Mob Wives" famous. But even the ladies' fame hasn't made it any easier to date or erase their mob ties.
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Mafia take down – Police arrested 127 suspects in three states and one person in Italy back in January. It was the largest roundup in FBI history.
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Filed under: Boston • Crime • Drugs • Gotta Watch • Justice • Massachusetts
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I've met some people reputed to be associated with the Mafia.
    I have to say that they were very nice.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    They know where to eat in Little Italy (NYC).

    June 24, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. CSnSC

    Got some relatives in "transportation". Outside of business theyre just normal folks.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Coffeehead

    Let's not kid ourselves. These are not nice people. Anybody that can murder and extort and live like you and me is an animal in the truest sense of that word. A vicious, indiscriminate, and consciencously devoid animal. Get too friendly with one of these folks and you'll get eaten. It ain't pretty.

    June 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phoenix

    they should make a statue of him in bunker hill

    June 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • My2Sense4U

      I agree. Make it of him in prison garb and then populate the statue with over-fed pigeons. This guy was a criminal. Don't glorify criminals.

      June 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leeintulsa

    There's no such thing as the mob

    June 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |

    Maybe you Americans should close your borders so these Italians, Irish, Russians,Chinese don't come in and form mobs.

    June 25, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. itsamemario

    they*re gonna do what they*re gonna do, just stay away, keep your nose in your own business and STFU you*ll be set..

    June 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    And to think that he lived right under our noses for 16 years , despite being the most wanted.
    Our very own Osama??

    June 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeanJ

      there are thousands of them that live amongst us. they are generally forgiven for the fact that they employ so many people, either from within, periphery or the apparatus to fight and slowly destroy them. its a game. when we really want to find somebody we do, sanctioned and unsanctioned

      June 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BDK

    Why have the taxpayers pay to keep him in prison? I say make a sign with his name on it and make him stand in the middle of Central Park with him holding it up. That should take care of everything.

    June 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |