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FBI Searches Home of Aging Gangster for Evidence of Unsolved Boston Art Heist

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  in 1990.

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching the backyard of an aging mobster in Connecticut for evidence of art that was stolen two decades ago from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

ABC News reports that this is the third time the FBI has searched in and around the ranch house, owned by Robert “Bobby the Cook” Gentile, who is serving 2.5 years in prison for drug and gun charges.

Gentile’s attorney said his client is surprised the FBI is back at the ranch.

“He laughed and he couldn’t believe they were, that they were at his house again, and he said, this is a quote, ‘They ain’t gonna find nuttin,’” attorney Rome McGuigan said.

During the 1990 heist, 13 paintings were stolen.

Ex-FBI Agent Accused of Committing Perjury Plans to Plead Guilty

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Supervisory Agent Robert Fitzpatrick plans to plead guilty to unspecified charges after testifying on behalf of James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston Globe reports. 

Fitzpatrick, 76, plans to plead guilty on May 5. He’s currently facing six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice.

Fitzpatrick, who wrote “Betrayal, Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down, is accused of falsely holding himself “out as a whistleblower who tried to end the FBI’s relationship with Bulger.

Prosecutors also allege Fitzpatrick lied about finding the rifle used to murder Martin Luther King Jr.

FBI Sends Special Teams of Agents to Help Investigate Terror Attack in Brussels

Flag_of_Belgium.svgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping Belgian officials investigate the terror attacks in Brussels, Fox News reports. 

A team of agents from the New York field office will help conduct interviews to gather intelligence on the bombings.

The FBI’s Evidence Response Team from the FBI Lab in Virginia also are being dispatched.

Agents also will share intelligence from U.S. databases.

The special teams have some of the best forensic experts in the world.

FBI Wants Apple to Unlock iPhone of Reputed Boston Gang Member

Apple logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wants Apple to unlock another iPhone.

The phones were seized from an accused Boston gang member, who is facing federal charges of racketeering, committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering, using a firearm during a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Boston Herald reports. 

Agents have been unable to unlock the phone after intercepting phone conversations in which Crawford discusses in March 2015 shooting a rival gang member.

In an affidavit, which was signed off by a federal judge, the FBI wrote that it suspects information about the gang is on the phone and could lead them to “substantial evidence” about the sources of guns, accomplices and drugs.

A federal judge signed

This is the latest example of the FBI and a court ordering Apple to unlock an iPhone.

New Boston FBI Chief Pledges Cooperative Approach to Tackling Terrorism, Drugs, Guns

Harold Shaw

Harold Shaw

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Harold Shaw, the new head of the FBI in Boston, pledged to partner with local authorities and other federal agencies to tackle gun crimes, drug dealing and terrorism.

“There’s virtually nothing we can do in the FBI that’s not done in a task-force concept,” Harold H. Shaw said in an interview with the Boston Globe. “The critical element is partnerships.”

Shaw took over the Boston office in October and said his experience in counter-terrorism will help crack down on extremists.

“The tricks of the trade I learned were from the task-force partners who were doing it a lot longer than I was,” he said.

Shaw replaced Vincent Lisi, who retired to join the private sector in August.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Believes Aging Mobster Knows Whereabouts of Stolen Gardner Museum Masterpieces

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  in 1990.

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The mystery behind the theft of $500 million worth of masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 continues to baffle federal investigators.

But the FBI believes an aging Connecticut mobster knows the whereabouts of the paintings, the Boston globe reports.

An assistant U.S. attorney told a judge on Wednesday that a Robert Gentile, 79, told at least three people he knows where the paintings are since he was jailed several years ago on drug and gun charges.

An undercover agent posing as a drug dealer said Gentile offered to sell the paintings for $500,000 apiece before the deal collapsed.

“There is a legitimate law enforcement interest in trying to recover the paintings,” US District Judge Robert N. Chatigny said.

Among the stolen paints were three Rembrandts, a Manet, Vemeer and Flinck.

The theft is considered the world’s largest art heist.

FBI Tries to Fill in 18-Minute Gap Between San Bernardino Shooting And Police Pursuit

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to figure out what the San Bernardino couple did in the 18 months after killing 14 people at a holiday party.

The Boston Herald reports that the FBI is seeking the public’s help in filling in the gap, which could be critical to understanding whether the couple was in contact with anyone else after the massacre.

So far, the FBI has found no evidence that the husband-and-wife terrorist team intended to strike another target.

Federal investigators also want to now whether Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29, contacted anyone or stopped anywhere between the attack and the police pursuit.

“It’s possible that they stopped, whether it be a storage area, a residence, a business. It’s possible there was a contact made. We just don’t know,” David Bowdich, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said. “It very well may not be an important fact, but until we close that gap we just don’t know for sure.”

Review: Johnny Depp Gives ‘Riveting, Rattlesnake Performance’ in ‘Black Mass’

Scene from "Black Mass."

Scene from “Black Mass.”

By Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Ice-cold. Dead eyes. Demonic laugh. His face a mask you can’t read until he’s up in yours. Then run. That’s Johnny Depp giving everything he’s got in a riveting, rattlesnake performance as South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. The FBI finally grabbed this Osama bin Laden of gangsters in 2011. The Irish mobster had been hiding in plain sight since 1994. Now 86, Bulger molders in prison, found guilty of 11 of the 19 murders with which he’d been charged.

Jack Nicholson did a fictional take on Bulger in 2006’s Oscar-winning The Departed (while a fugitive, Bulger reportedly sneaked in to see the film). Black Mass, smartly directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), casts a wide if hardly deep net, since the tentacles of Bulger’s tale could fill a mini-series or five. The script, by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, is based on the 2000 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. And an unholy alliance it truly was.

Bulger had known FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) from the Boston hood. It’s Connolly who persuades his fellow Southie to turn FBI informant in return for help in crushing the Italian Mob. Bulger got the best of that deal, leaving the FBI boss (Kevin Bacon) fuming. Edgerton excels at detailing the dread eating at Connolly; the dread also infects his ethical wife, Marianne (a superb Julianne Nicholson), whose quiet scene with Depp instills more terror than a hail of bullets.

But you get the bullets, too, and the gore, especially when Bulger lieutenant Stephen Flemmi, expertly slimed by Rory Cochrane, is on the scene. And duck when Bulger turns his gun on informant Brian Halloran, played with bug-fuck lunacy by Peter Sarsgaard.

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