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Whitey Bulger cooperated with FBI as early as ’50s

When he graduated from penny ante crime to the big leagues of bank robbery, James “Whitey’’ Bulger learned a hard lesson early on: Everybody talks.

And so he decided to play the game, too. Not to keep himself out of prison, as he did in his later notorious role as an informant for the FBI, but in a complicated scheme to exact revenge against some criminal associates.

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