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.
Facing charges on three bank jobs in 1955, he willingly made a written statement, naming his two accomplices in one of the heists.
He only verbally identified his accomplices in the two other bank jobs, but persuaded his girlfriend, Jacqueline “Jacqui’’ McAuliffe, to formally identify them to the FBI.
“As a result of her cooperation,’’ FBI Agent Herbert Briick wrote in a July 13, 1956, report, “process was obtained for Bulger’s accomplices’’ in those two robberies.
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