Get Our Newsletter



Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

June 2013
S M T W T F S
« May   Jul »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Archive for June 26th, 2013

Witnesses Raise Questions About Reliability of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Records During Murder Trial

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Was reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger a rat?

During tense testimony Tuesday in Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial, his defense attorneys tore into government witnesses who acknowledged Bulger’s files were falsified or inaccurate, the New York Daily News reports.

FBI files suggest Bulger ratted out friends and associates, but defense attorneys said the records can’t be trusted – by the witnesses’ own admission, the Daily News reported. 

Bulger, 83, is fighting 32 counts of racketeering and extortion and 19 murder-related charges.

He’s also fighting for his reputation.

Four People Arrested in Connection with DEA Agent’s Death in Columbia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Four people accused of killing a DEA agent during an attempted robbery in Columbia last week are in custody, CNN reports.

Columbia’s National Police apprehended the suspects and said two more are on the loose.

The U.S. plans to request extradition, CNN wrote.

Special Agent James “Terry” Watson was working on assignment on Bogata when he was stabbed to death in a tax cab Thursday.

“The homicide of the DEA agent was committed by common criminals and was not connected to his work in Colombia,” National Police Director Gen. Jose Roberto Leon Riano said.

Opinion: Reform Needed at Border Patrol Before More Die

 

By Joe Conason
Express Milwaukee.com
Immigration reform now seems certain to pass the U.S. Senate within days, in an amended bill that could win as many as 70 votes from both parties. The results will improve the lives of millions of undocumented workers and their families—but the costs will not be negligible, including a “surge” that will rapidly double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol to 40,000 agents, along with much more fencing and surveillance technology.

Those expensive “security enhancements” were included to satisfy or silence Republican complaints about the supposedly porous border, although that theme seemed to be more an excuse to oppose reform than a true issue. In fact, illegal border crossings have declined precipitously over the past few years while deportations have increased, and the number of arrests by the average Border Patrol agent has dropped from as many as 100 to only 19 annually.

So why do we need thousands of additional agents at the border? Evidently the manpower increase—along with the fencing and the high-tech surveillance gadgets that have never worked—is necessary so that legislators can proclaim their own toughness. But the consequences of swiftly bringing on such a huge influx of inexperienced personnel could prove deadly.

To read more click here.

Whitey Bulger: Anti-Hero or Sociopath?

Alison McLennan is the author of Falling for Johnny, a suspense novel based on the Boston underworld with a fictional character inspired by James “Whitey” Bulger. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science.

Whitey Bulger/fbi

By Alison McLennan
For ticklethewire.com 

The media often calls leaders of crime syndicates sociopaths or psychopaths. The term sociopath refers to a subset of anti-social personality disorder, an axis-two diagnosis, which does not qualify someone for the insanity defense.

The DSM-IV defines anti-social personality disorder as “a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood.” As opposed to psychopaths, sociopaths have normal temperaments.  They may be risk takers who have a hard time with authority and rules. Sociopaths are often charming, entitled narcissists who use and manipulate people for their own ends with no empathy for others.

In literature, film, and television, the anti-hero is an archetypal character displaying many of the same villainous traits as a sociopath, yet also possessing some capacity, no matter how small, for virtuous acts. Because the flawed anti-heroes are more realistic than those perfect goody-two-shoe heroes beyond reproach, the anti-heroes are more sympathetic and more interesting to non-secular audiences.

The anti-hero constructs an internal narrative which rationalizes and justifies bad behavior. Tony Soprano from the Sopranos, Walter White from Breaking Bad, and Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment are examples of anti-heroes. For obvious reasons members of gangs and crime syndicates prefer to identify with anti-heroes rather than socio-paths. Within the narrative construct of the anti-hero, criminals are able to rationalize their crimes and inhumane behavior.

The high-profile trial of James “Whitey” Bulger provides a striking example of a crime boss who identifies with the anti-hero. Journalists who have written biographies of Bulger and are currently covering his trial accuse him not only of nineteen murders, racketeering, and extortion but also of “trying to control the narrative.” Indeed, with the mountain of charges Bulger faces there seems little hope of acquittal. The defense is obsessed with repudiating charges that he was an informant and also that he was involved in the murders of two women.

Johnny “the Executioner” Martorano was one of the prosecution’s star witnesses. He took the stand last week and described in detail twenty murders he committed. Matorano cut a deal with law enforcement to testify against Bulger and served only twelve years. His testimony was chilling and bizarre. He showed little remorse and told the court he thinks of himself as a ‘great guy’ who only killed to protect his family and friends. From these statements it appears Matorano preferred to view himself as a vigilante instead of a Hit man or a mass murderer.

Although the narratives of felons may be delusional, understanding the mindset of the criminal “anti-hero” can help federal law enforcement and may be a useful supplement to the traditional diagnostic approaches of criminal psychology.  A relatively new field of study called narrative psychology may be tremendously useful in predicting and understanding the behavior of the delusional anti-hero.

As federal law enforcement deals with the next generation of delusional anti-heroes, narrative psychology could become a useful tool. In clinical situations psychologists construct categories to describe deviant behavior, but in real life people construct narratives to cope and make sense of their lives.

The current popularity of the anti-hero means that more disturbed and alienated people will adopt that persona. According to Dr. Katherine Newman of Princeton University, sixteen-year-old school shooter, Jeff Wise, had embraced the anti-hero archetype and was following a video game like behavioral script to act out his narrative.

Public support and trust in federal law enforcement is essential to national security. Yet the high profile trial of James “Whitey” Bulger may have negative public relations repercussions. The trial, which is receiving a lot of media attention, exposes past FBI corruption in Boston and also may lead the public to question prosecution tactics of cutting deals with dangerous killers like Martorano.

This public relations fall-out may necessitate the FBI to construct a new narrative. While the Boston FBI began with the noble intentions of working with Bulger  to take down the Italian Mafia, those good intentions were overshadowed by internal corruption and led to the rise of  James Bulger, a dangerous and delusional anti-hero who reportedly terrorized Boston for decades.

 

FBI Launches Probe of Police Chief in Long Island After Suspect Allegedly Beaten

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating Suffolk County Chief of Police James Burke after allegations surfaced that he beat a man who broke into his car, NBC 4 New York reports.

Christopher Loeb, 26, said he was home in Smithtown when Burke attacked him on Dec. 14.

He is accused of stealing the chief’s gun belt, ammunition, handcuffs and other items stuffed into a duffel bag in the chief’s SUV.

Russian President Putin Says He Had No Grounds to Arrest Snowden

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Russian President Vladimir Putin maintained Tuesday that he had no authority to take custody of the NSA leaker-turned-international fugitive, The Washington Post reports.

Both countries exchanged blows over the handling of Edward Snowden, who arrived in Russia from Hong Kong on Saturday.

Putin told the U.S. that he had no grounds to take Snowden into custody.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry responded that Russia was defying international convention by permitting a fugitive to be loose in an airport’s transit zone, the Post wrote.

 OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST


(Medford Historical Society)Kyna Hamill

Tatiana Owens, 12, laughs with her mother Karmanikki Owens as she tells her what she wants for Christmas at their home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Tatiana was taken from her mother by a case worker in August 2015 when they were found homeless. A hash brown on steroids is the best way to describe this starchy, delicious beast. Zemiakov placky is a thick pancake of shredded potato Cheap Celine Handbags cheapcelinehandbagsale.com, mixed with a batter and seasoned with salt and pepper before being ladled into a pool of bubbling oil and served on a paper plate. It best eaten by tearing off hunks while wandering the markets.

replica celine bags Smooth move:When the weather outside is frigid, you may not always have an appetite for a frosty smoothie. This sultry, rich tasting blend will help warm your bones while delivering immune boosting vitamin A (found in spades in sweet potatoes) and fat torching dietary fiber (courtesy of chickpeas trust us, you won’t even notice this stealth ingredient). If you desire higher protein numbers, simply blend in some protein powder.. replica celine bags

Celine Replica Bags Far in this den of infamous resort, there was a low browed, beetling shop, below a pent house roof, where iron, old rags, bottles Celine Outlet, bones, and greasy offal, were bought. Upon the floor within, were piled up heaps of rusty keys Cheap Celine Bags Cheap Celine Bags, nails, chains, hinges Cheap Celine, files, scales, weights, and refuse iron of all kinds. Secrets that few would like to scrutinise were bred and hidden in mountains of unseemly rags, masses of corrupted fat, and sepulchres of bones. Celine Replica Bags

Celine Replica handbags It’s at the centre of a nasty dispute, and it was written by a ‘jerk’.The real story of Jingle Bells starts on the banks of the Mystic River in New England, just upstream from Boston, in Medford, Mass.If you walk along High Street, and stop at Rosetti Optical, you’ll find a plaque, which readsOn this site stood the Simpson Tavern, where in 1850, James Pierpont wrote the song Jingle Bells.A plaque marks the spot in Medford, Mass. Where Jingle Bells was composed by James Pierpont. (Medford Historical Society)Kyna Hamill, professor of literature at Boston University and vice president of the Medford Historical Society, spoke to Daybreak South’s Chris Walker about the origins of Jingle Bells.As you might expect, the story begins with a one horse open sleigh.”Medford is home to a series of sleigh races that used to occur on a street called Salem Street, and because of this event, which pretty much happened in the middle of the 19th century, these sleigh races which you could pretty much call drag races down this street was one of the most popular events,” said Hamill.”Because of that, the influence and inspiration of the song, we believe came from those races.””He’s kind of a jerk, actually. Celine Replica handbags

replica celine Buffalo St., Springville). $18 Cheap Celine Handbags, kids $9. 592 9038.Pat a pan. The entry level 2.0 litre petrol is easily overlooked in the Jaguar XE range. Whereas the new Jaguar made 2.0 litre diesels grab the limelight thanks to their eco credentials, it’s a shame the 2.0 petrol isn’t as impressive as it could be. Poor mpg and CO2 figures mean it’ll continue to be passed over by most people replica celine.