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The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hitman:The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rifleman: The Untold Story of Stevie Flemmi (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ratman: The Trial and Conviction of Whitey Bulger (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plug Uglies: A Scrapbook of Boston Organized Crime (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Really Happened: How Donald J. Trump Saved America From Hillary Clinton (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Howie Carr is an American author and journalist that is best known for the conservative views he airs on his radio talk show.

Howie Carr was born in 1952 in Portland, Maine. His parents were Frances Stokes and Howard Louis. His resume includes stints at Deerfield Academy (Massachusetts) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from where he graduated in the early 1970s.

The author’s immediate family eventually came to include Kathy Stimpson, his second wife, their three daughters, and two daughters from his first marriage.

Howie Carr began his writing career as a journalist. He joined the Boston Herald first as a columnist. Then he made a bit of a name for himself as the Boston Herald American’s City Hall bureau chief.

That was back in the early 1980s. There are those who fondly remember the interest the author took in Mayor Kevin White during his stint as WNEV Political Reporter, hounding the politician with such fervor that, when Kevin finally retired, he reportedly said he was looking forward to no longer having Howie Carr chase him around the city.

Kevin wasn’t the only figure of note that Carr picked a fight with. The author also had quite the vendetta against Mike Barnicle, a columnist for the Boston Globe who was eventually forced to resign from his position when strong allegations of plagiarism rose against him.

Some people thought Carr went too far with the man. They suggested that he wasn’t nearly as interested in claims that Barnicle had fabricated his stories as he was in the journalist’s success.

Carr always denied claims that he was envious. He also fervently refuted claims that his feud with Barnicle had driven him to publish his foe’s phone number and address.

Howie Carr never could steer clear of the spotlight, and his conflict with Mike Barnicle never stopped haunting him in the years that followed. For instance, there was a situation in which Don Imus told everyone who would listen to him that Carr’s wife had slept with a boxer called Riddick Bowe; Carr eventually fired back by claiming that Don’s claims were incited by Barnicle.

But Barnicle was hardly the first or the last public figure to take issue with Howie Carr. Carr elicited the fury of Ernest Murphy, a superior court judge who he accused of handing down lenient sentences to rapists.

The Judge sued Carr and his employers (the Boston Herald), eventually walking away with over two million dollars in damages.

It has been argued that Carr has largely thrived under the weight of controversy that has assaulted his career, creating a visible presence in the public sphere that he has leveraged to augment his publishing career.

Carr became an author in 2006 when ‘The Brothers Bulger’, his first literary work was published. Carr was inspired to write the book after taking a keen interest in Billy and Whitey Bulger.

Carr became closely acquainted with the Winter Hill Gang, and especially Bill and Whitey when he settled down on Madison Street in Somerville (Massachusetts) in the 1970s.

Somerville’s Marshall Motors Garage acted as the operational headquarters for the Winter Hill Hang at that time, and Carr lived pretty close by. Things between Carr and the gang soured when Carr wrote a magazine story that presented Bill Bulger in a manner he didn’t particularly appreciate.

At the time, the authority Bill wielded as President of the Massachusetts Senate fascinated Carr. His poking and prodding drew the wrong sort of attention and after a while, the author became convinced that Bill and Whitey Bulger wanted him dead.

For a little while, Howie Carr became a very cautious man, going to extraordinary lengths to vary his routine, making it that much harder for any Bulger assassins or explosives to get the drop on him.

There were times when Carr had to sleep outside his home. He also relied on the local police officers to watch his house at night. Eventually, the Winter Hill gang fell on hard times. Whitey disappeared and the DEA began to close in on his associates.

It took a decade but Carr was finally freed from the threat of violence against his person.
When the author isn’t writing, he can be found contributing to the growth of the ‘Howie Carr Show’ on the radio.

+The Brother’s Bulger
William Bulger and James Bulger couldn’t have been more different, or so everyone claimed. Billy was the straight man, a powerful figure that once headed the Massachusetts State Senate.

James, also called Whitey, wasn’t as fortunate with his decisions in life. Whitey carved out a reputation as a vicious criminal whose renown grew to such heights that he climbed all the way to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list, only second to Osama Bin Laden.

Both brothers had set their sights on vastly different goals and they had largely succeeded. Billy was an unstoppable political force with considerable influence over the state’s most significant figures.

Whitey ran organized crime and the trail of murder he had drawn behind him was legendary.

This book attempts to dig a little deeper into the story of the Brothers Bulger, revealing the real shenanigans that went on behind the scenes, not to mention the true nature of the relationship that existed between Whitey and Billy.

+The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano
Johnny Martorano was a man of mystery. Anyone who encountered him in the light of day only ever saw Mr. Mom. But when night fell, everything changed. Johnny became something else, a powerful figure surrounding by politicians and celebrities, a man that commanded respect in all circles of society that mattered.

The Infamous Winter Hill Gang definitely left their own mark on the State before their eventual demise and their partnership with Johnny set the stage for some of their more infamous undertakings.

Johnny carved out a fearsome reputation over a period of two decades, striking fear in the hearts and minds of criminals and civilians alike. He was eventually arrested and he served a dozen years in prison for an impressive twenty mob murders.

This book looks at the myths and the facts of Johnny Martorano’s life.

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