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Deadly Alliance: The FBI's Secret Partnership With the Mob Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2001


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (July 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380811936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380811939
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A riveting contribution to all investigative reporters' true mission: digging up what the public has a right to know." (Boston Globe)

About the Author

Ralph Ranalli is a veteran legal journalist for the Boston Globe and has written extensively about the FBI's Top Echelon Informant Program for both the Globe and the Boston Herald. His coverage of the Boston FBI scandal spans more than 400 newspaper and magazine articles and earned a 1998 news writing award from the Associated Press. Deadly Alliance is his first book.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2002
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~This case raises many many issues. One is whether informants should be used completely confidentially. In a criminal case you have the right not to incriminate yourself and you are apprised of this right by the police. With informants, however, you can be incriminating yourself, even jokingly, and never know it because the informant does not have to inform you that your dialogue will be forwarded to their handlers. What is to stop an informant from making stuff up about a target, all the while~~ the target has no idea nor means to refute the assertions of the informant?
Does the FBI send in informants who themselves set up innocents to appear as the informants responsible for a bust? I know one man, "Bill", who worked at a company in which a former employee was busted by the FBI for a computer theft ring in Chelmsford,Mass and was befriended by another man who claimed to be "new". After Bill left, this 'friend' kept in touch and after a year of friendship divulged that they~~ were not new to the company following the FBI bust. After the bust,it appeared as if Bill was being set up to appear as the informant by this 'friend', who may have been the true informant for the FBI. This whole thing might be an example of an innocent being set up by the FBI to protect its informants.~
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2002
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An associate to be referred to as 'Pat' has been a target ever since Bulger fled. In the past few months, Pat has been approached by an alleged relative of alleged Bulger murder victim Brian Halloran. This relative seemed bent on establishing a rigorous schedule for Pat and had barely concealed hostility for Pat. Pat has suspicions that Pat might be a child of one of the informants, agents, or murder victims in this case and that it may have been leaked out deliberately or not. Pat has had all sorts of problems since Bulger left and was warned by a Cellucci/Bush supporter to leave Massachusetts when Bulger fled " or lose everything".
Governor Cellucci hosted his transition team meeting at the office of Sullivan and Cogliano, a recruitment firm with past ties to deceased Rocco Solimeno's business partner.
Many bad things happened to Pat after Bulger fled. Pat became the target of personal attacks, rampant unemployment, financial destruction and eventual homelessness, all following the threat of the Cellucci/Bush supporter's predictions. Is Pat paying the price for something Pat doesn't even know about their past?
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2002
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One might wonder what programs the government is currently operating that we will be shocked to learn of in the future.
I know a person, 'M', who believes they are linked to the Bulger case but this information was kept from them by state and state authorized personnel in Massachusetts. M was abandoned into state care and bounced around among abusive and neglectful foster homes until landing at the New England Home for Wanderers in Boston. While in state care M was introduced to a foster family.M was well treated and loved this family but they were limited in the help they would give.
In the early 90s, M wrote an autobiography detailing experiences in state child care,good and bad, with names and places changed to protect those involved while portraying the essence of the experience.
While in state child care, a medical issue that might relate to leukemia symptoms was noticed but the foster family and state-approved authorities refused more involved investigative procedures, while taking photos.
In 1995, Bulger fled and M's medical records began disappearing when requested for.M was maneuvered into what may have been a secure worksite staffed with government employees posing as normal employees of a Fortune 500 company in Massachusetts.This small group of employees took every opportunity to ridicule, harass, poke fun at M. At different times, each employee claimed to represent a different Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate as they harassed M. One person claimed to support Harshbarger, another Malone, a third Cellucci, and so on.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2001
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Jonathan Harr wrote a book about a legal case involving early victims of a leukemia epidemic in Woburn, Mass. called " A Civil Action". George Cashman, head of Teamsters Local 25 and an alleged supporter of John Connolly of the FBI, lived in Woburn while Connolly lived in Stoneham, the next town. Spec Agent Morris of the FBI lived in Lexington, again adjacent to Woburn. Frank Salemme hails from Burlington, again next to Woburn. Sonny John Cincotti, listed in this book, is linked to Massachusetts Insurance Agency in Somerville and to an escort service but is backed by Gerry Angiulo. Whitey is said to have had a Woburn girlfriend. Somerville is 3 towns from Woburn and the Mafia induction ceremony taped by Sonny Mercurio occurred in Medford, 2 towns over from Woburn. George Cashman has been supported by Ambassador Paul Cellucci and is currently under probe for movie tampering. H Paul Rico hails from Belmont, Mass. a few towns from Woburn. Limone hails from the Medford-Somerville area.
In the early 1960s, just prior to the outbreak of the Mclean-Mclaughlin wars, Woburn was the fulcrum for a clash between forces: 1) Space industry, and 2) Defense industry.After JFK died, Flemmi emerges and 7-8 yrs later Bulger. And in the 1980s NSA establishes Boston as a recruiting center.
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