Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Las Vegas and the Mob

True, it ain't what it used to be in Sin City, but this blurb about Boston mobster James Whitey Bulger caught my eye.

Bulger Traveled to Vegas, Boston while on Lam:

At this pace, Hollywood will need to use little artistic license when it comes to producing a film about the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, the alleged Boston mob boss captured last week on the shores of Santa Monica.

The prosecution is days old and it’s already produced some fascinating turns.

During his 16 years in hiding, federal prosecutors say, Mr. Bulger, the legendary Boston crime boss, traveled to Las Vegas often to play the slots.

I thought he looked familiar when they arrested him last week.
And wearing a disguise, he even returned to Boston, “armed to the teeth” to “take care of some unfinished business.”
Incidentally, if you've never seen the Martin Scorsese film "The Departed" you need to. Jack Nicholson's character is based loosely on Bulger, one of the most notorious organized crime bosses ever. Frankly, I never thought they'd find him, alive anyway.

And what to make of his hitting Vegas regularly during his years on the lam? I guess I'd say, do you still have to wonder about my ongoing fascination with the place?

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