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Kevin Cullen

Where trust is important, taking a pinch matters

The first time Billy Shea had a real conversation with Whitey Bulger, it was on a streetcorner in South Boston, and Whitey handed him 500 bucks.

The last time, they were standing at the bottom of the cellar stairs in the projects in Southie and Billy was so sure Whitey intended to kill him that he was packing heat himself.

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