The effects that an offender’s behavior has on families may be very public, as in the case of William Bulger, the brother of “Whitey” Bulger, who, after years on the run, was finally captured and tried very publicly for the brutal murders of many people, and for running a “mafia type” operation for years.
There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that Whitey Bulger is a monster, and most likely a, that can either kill or order people killed without the slightest twinge of conscience. Even during his trial one of the potential witnesses was murdered.
With Mr. William Bulger being a prominent politician in his area, this must be quite a public embarrassment. He was quoted in an article in the Huffington Post that “this has been a source of great anguish.”
I understand that anguish. I don’t know William Bulger, and don’t know what he knew or didn’t know about his brother’s whereabouts during the years that Whitey hid out…or what he knew or didn’t know about Whitey’s crimes before Whitey was caught.
For the sake of argument, though, I am going to presume that William Bulger is an honest and upright man who has a dangerous offender in his family in the person of his brother “Whitey”. An offender who has brought public shame upon the family’s name.
William said that he would continue to visit Whitey and “be a brother” to him as long as he could. Both of these men are in the sunset years of their lives, with Whitey being 84 years old and William being in his 70s.
The public anguish of this family must be quite difficult since the trial exposed in graphic detail the horrible murders committed or ordered by Whitey. Fortunately for me, since my son Patrick did his crimes in another state and went to prison in another state, I was spared the worst of the public anguish. Other families, though, have offenders who commit their crimes locally and make the six-o’clock news so that the family of the offender’s anguish must be suffered publicly, at least locally, if not the national news.
The article noted that William didn’t attend Whitey’s trial but some of his children did. I imagine that it would have been very difficult for a man who loved his older brother to actually hear the evidence presented against him that would paint that brother as a true monster. William’s children that attended probably didn’t know “Uncle Whitey” very well, maybe only by stories around the family dinner table, and so were probably not so traumatized personally by the stories they heard and were more able to listen to the testimony.
I feel sad for William Bulger and for the very public shame Whitey has brought on that family. The anguish of not only having a brother that has committed such horrible crimes, but having the entire nation know it was your brother must be excruciating. I wish peace to all the people that Whitey has harmed, and that includes his own family.
BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Senate president William Bulger said Friday he doesn’t condone the actions of his older brother, convicted Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, but has been visiting him weekly in jail.
The situation “has been a source of great anguish,” Bulger said in an interview with Boston’s WCVB-TV http://bit.ly/1aIRO8Z