The height of James “Whitey” Bulger’s influential rein of the streets of south Boston was before my time, and I didn’t really have any idea of who he was, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to go see a documentary about one of the biggest mobsters in Boston’s history. I mean, how can you go wrong watching a film like that?
Joe Berlinger’s film Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger centers around Bulger’s trial concerning his 32 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and weapons charges, including his involvement with 19 murders. The trial took place two years after he was captured in 2011, after spending 16 years in hiding on the most wanted list. (more…)