I AM sitting in the Art Deco opulence of the bar at Claridge’s in London, shamelessly earwigging the couple at a neighbouring table. The former EastEnders actress and singer Martine McCutcheon is being questioned over sushi by a man in a sharp suit. “When your new film with Hugh Grant comes out and you are a celebrity again, don’t be a stranger,” her interrogator urges as they depart. If my interviewee, Andrew O’Hagan, had personally arranged this little scenario, it could not have been more apt. For I am here to meet the Booker-nominated novelist, journalist, broadcaster and convivial member of London’s chattering classes to talk about his latest book and therefore to discuss what he calls “the murderous cult” of modern celebrity.“What a gift!” exclaims the Scot when he arrives minutes after McCutcheon and her man leave. “When you are a celebrity again… How perfect is that?” murmurs O’Hagan, who is … [Read more...] about The land of opportunity
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Updated 1:00 pm CDT, Friday, April 26, 2019 FILE - This June 23, 2011, file booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. A death certificate obtained in April 2019 by NBC Boston confirms that Bulger died of blunt force injuries to the head in prison on Oct. 30, 2018. He was serving a life sentence for 11 murders and other crimes when he was beaten to death in his prison cell, hours after he was transferred to a West Virginia prison. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File) less FILE - This June 23, 2011, file booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. A death certificate obtained in April 2019 by NBC Boston confirms that Bulger died of blunt force ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Whitey Bulger died of head injuries, death certificate says
BOSTON (AP) — Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger couldn’t stand how much the world around him had changed. Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its “great view” and clear-cut rules, Bulger said. And the former Irish Catholic stronghold of South Boston he once terrorized was now filled with “rich college kids living in expensive condos.” “World has changed … everything different, even the neighborhood,” Bulger wrote to a friend he met in the lockup in newly public letters. The letters, which are being auctioned Sunday, provide a glimpse into the once powerful and feared gangster’s mundane life behind bars before he was beaten to death by fellow inmates last year. Bulger wrote about the little excitements of prison life — “tonight we had an ice cream cone!” — and his treatment by other inmates. “Almost every time … [Read more...] about In prison, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger wrote hand-written letters. Here’s what they said.
Updated 5:45 pm CST, Friday, January 25, 2019 FILE - This file June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. James "Whitey" Bulger's siblings are laying claim to the slain Boston gangster's estate as his lawyer plans to seek a wrongful death suit against the federal government. The Boston Herald reports that former Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger, his brother and three sisters have been listed as beneficiaries of Bulger's estate. The Bulger family claims the estate is currently worth nothing, but the families of his many victims say any future settlement should be divided among them. less FILE - This file June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. James "Whitey" Bulger's siblings are laying claim to the slain Boston gangster's estate as his ... more Photo: U.S. Marshals Service, AP … [Read more...] about Bulger’s siblings lay claim to slain gangster’s estate
Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post Published 4:38 am PST, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 James Bulger James Bulger Photo: Associated Press Photo: Associated Press Image 1 of / 23 Caption Close Image 1 of 23 James Bulger James Bulger Photo: Associated Press Two boys brutally killed a 2-year-old 26 years ago. An Oscar-nominated film on the case has 'disgusted' his mother. 1 / 23 Back to Gallery The grainy surveillance image was burned into Britain's collective memory: a tiny boy holding the hand of another, being led out the door of a shopping center near Liverpool. The seemingly innocuous footage, blasted all over the news in the days after 2-year-old James Bulger disappeared, belied … [Read more...] about Two boys brutally killed a 2-year-old 26 years ago. An Oscar-nominated film on the case has ‘disgusted’ his mother.