I bumped into someone this evening who offered a surprising view of Whitey Bulger, the reputed South Boston gangster. This individual, who shall remain nameless, spent a considerable portion of life on both sides of the law. When a drinking and drug problem pushed a wretched life even lower until nights were spent sleeping on the beach in Southie, Bulger made his approach. With no strings attached, he paid for a room and urged my acquaintance to a renewed commitment to sobriety. It worked. To this day, all is better — much better. As I walked away, I heard my acquaintance say, ” I cannot judge him.”
Still, the man who allegedly killed 19 people will be judged in a court house in South Boston not more than a mile from that beach.