Criminal justice students got a firsthand account from Kevin Weeks, formerly right-hand man to notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, about his experience with organized crime in South Boston.
Dr. Jeffery Czarnec interviewed Weeks, co-author of “Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger’s Irish Mob,” in a webinar for students in February.
Weeks talked about how he turned down a scholarship to Harvard so he could stay in “Southie” and work to help his ailing parents. A boxer and a bouncer, he got to know a couple of guys involved with organized crime. In 1974, they had him “beat up” a couple of guys and paid him $6,000.
“I was working down at the bar … making $25 a night. It didn’t take a genius,” he said.
Weeks said the infamous Bulger was “actually a real likeable guy. Very charismatic, great personality, didn’t talk down to you, didn’t yell. He was like an older brother to me. He was always trying to keep me out of trouble. I’d get in fights and he’d get upset with me.”
Weeks said his organized crime career started with bookmaking and loan sharking.
“In 1982 I was involved with my first double homicide,” he told Czarnec. “Once I committed murder, I knew there was no getting out.”