John O’Donovan, state trooper, at 81
Retired Mass. State Police lieutenant colonel dies
Five years after John R. O’Donovan rose to become State Police lieutenant colonel in 1975, he sent detectives to investigate James “Whitey Bulger and confronted FBI agents about his suspicions they were protecting Bulger and his partner Steve Flemmi. This was long before the now-infamous scandal broke. Lieutenant Colonel O’Donovan, a Marine Corp veteran and Belmont native who tracked down domestic terrorists in the ‘70s and once rescued hostages held at gunpoint in a Somerville pharmacy, was 81 when he died Friday at the VA Hospital in Bedford.