Two FBI handout photos of mobster James Whitey Bulger taken in the 1980s.

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From The Archives: Emily Rooney Interviews FBI Agent John Connolly

June 11, 2013

As opening statements got underway in the James “Whitey” Bulger trial Wednesday, Emily Rooney examined the decades long saga of Boston’s most notorious gangster on a special one-hour Greater Boston.  

The feature excerpted the 2001 documentary, The Outlaw and the Lawman; interviews Rooney conducted with known Whitey associates,  Kevin Weeks and John "RED" Shea; an interview with Lindsey Cyr, the mother of Whitey's only known child who died at the age of 6; and a sit down with former FBI agent John J. Connolly, Jr., who is now serving a 40 year prison sentence.

Below is an excerpt from the Greater Boston special featuring an interview with former FBI agent John Connolly. Connolly is currently serving a 40 year prison term for second degree murder, racketeering and obstruction of justice for informing Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi about their indictments. This was one of his only on-camera interviews at the time it was taped in October 1998. 

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