BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Some of it reads like a 1940's film noir mobster movie, but it's real life.
The agency released 300 pages of documents this month, detailing an FBI investigation into a 1970's race-fixing case and its ties to former South Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger and the Somerville-based Winter Hill Gang.
All of those documents are publicly available to pour over online at the FBI's Freedom of Information Act vault.
Much of the information is redacted, but there's still plenty to read — like "hoodlums," including Bulger, threatening victims with bodily harm, for missing "juice payments" — which are interest payments paid to a loan shark.
Wire taps are also documented in the files, which cited numerous telephone calls where conversations were monitored and recorded by the FBI. The documents noted that some of the calls were highly incriminating.
There's an additional 80 pages on the site about court rulings involving other Massachusetts crime figures over the years.
WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports: