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Posts Tagged ‘Shelley Murphy’

A Full Week of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

On Sunday November 24, 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft revisited the Boston gangster’s undercover life and capture in Santa Monica, although his report very strangely skipped over any specific mention of Anna Bjornsdottir (a.k.a. Anna Bjorn), the former Miss Iceland (1974) whose tip led to Bulger’s capture and her pocketing the $2.1 million reward.

MDCBrooklynOn Tuesday, Bulger was quietly moved from a facility in Norfolk, MA to one in Brooklyn. So quietly in fact that hometown reports like this one in the Boston Herald surfaced only two days later.

Finally, on Friday, Boston Globe reporter Shelley Murphy revealed that authorities hope to auction off Bulger’s personal possessions (minus the guns) to benefit families of his victims. Despite the headline appended to her article and several other reports with a similar theme, the auction will not be happening in time for Christmas. The event must first be sanctioned by a court, after which it generally takes 30 to 60 days for it to be scheduled.

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Boston Globe Takes Heat for Blowing ‘Whitey’ Bulger Informant’s Cover*

For anyone who followed the unlikely capture of James “Whitey” Bulger in Santa Monica, Sunday’s front page Boston Globe feature article was a must-read, full of new details about the gangster’s life on the lam. However, many of the newspaper’s readers are questioning the decision by reporters Shelley Murphy and Maria Cramer to fully expose the person who tipped the FBI to the whereabouts of the fugitive and his female companion, Catherine Geiger, triggering the payout of a $2 million reward.

So far, only cross-town rival the Boston Herald has opted not to disclose the informant’s name in its reaction reports. Every other outlet–from national wire services to local outfits like NBC LA–has run with the name, further breaching the FBI’s guarantee of tipster confidentiality. Among the Globe reader comments:

DPierre: Am I the only one who is a little uneasy about the Globe publishing the NAME of the woman from Iceland, the informant?

Boston220: Does stupid, reckless Shelley Murphy not give a crap that this woman is now publicly identified? Does she not realize the risks involved here? Whitey Bulger was a mass murderer. It is so damn irresponsible to publicize her name… I hope Murphy and the editors of the Globe and its parent NYT go to sleep feeling nothing but shame for the rest of their lives.

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