Dirty Rats

Dirty Rats

Dirty Rats is the true story of two of Boston's most powerful brothers - one a gangster, the other a politician - as they rose from poverty in a public-housing project to the pinnacles of power in their respective trades. Howie Carr, author of two New York Times bestsellers about Boston organized crime and their victims, unravels the brothers' sordid web of corruption and homicide that still haunts Boston to this day.


November 7, 2019 33 min
Howie Winter was the original boss of the Winter Hill gang. He saved Whitey Bulger's life, only to be betrayed by the ultimate dirty rat. But perhaps the most unique part of Winter's life was not his mobster past, but his marriage. This episode of Dirty Rats is a love story between the infamous mob boss and his devoted wife, Ellen Brogna.
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October 24, 2019 28 min

First, Huff realized he was being followed whenever he was in Boston. But that was only the beginning. Over the next few decades, Mike Huff would uncover one of the biggest FBI scandals in modern history.

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October 17, 2019 26 min
Mike Huff was a 25-year-old cop from Tulsa, Oklahoma. His career had barely begun when he embarked on a case that would change the trajectory of his entire life. It all started with the brutal murder of a millionaire tech-company CEO in the parking lot of the most exclusive golf club in the state.
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October 10, 2019 18 min

But John underestimated just how dangerous his new associates were. And before he knew it, Callahan was over his head. Whitey decided that he couldn't trust the Callahan. After all, he was a civilian. There was no way to be certain that he'd stand up. So the mobsters, under direction from Whitey, found a solution to their dilemma. It involved Callahan, the Cubans and the trunk of a Cadillac.

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October 3, 2019 22 min

In this episode, you will hear from John Callahan's widow Mary. It has been 37 years since she found out her husband was murdered. But Mary shares much more than just her recollection of John’s death. She shares the story of their lives. Mrs. Callahan reminisces about her memories with the man she loved.

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October 1, 2019 29 min

In this podcast you'll hear an interview with Joe Malone. He was the reform candidate elected treasurer of Massachusetts in 1990, just as the stories of Whitey and Billy Bulger's sordid deeds were beginning to become public. Malone talks about the corruption of the Boston Globe, how Zip Connolly tried to get him to stop criticizing Billy Bulger, and when Whitey  "won" Mass Millions during Malone's first year in ...

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September 26, 2019 34 min

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September 24, 2019 24 min

As one of the lead prosecutors in Whitey Bulger's 2013 trial, Brian Kelly gained firsthand insight into the mind of one of America's most wanted criminals. Kelly faced one of the most notorious serial killers in the courtroom, confronting him with his own past so that a jury could determine his future. 

Dirty Rats producer Grace Curley discusses Whitey's trial and other prolific cases Kelly has had a hand in prosecuting ...

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September 19, 2019 30 min

It was June 19, 2003 and Billy Bulger was under oath. The powerful politician would finally have to answer questions on live TV from appalled congressmen about his alleged involvement in the bloodstained career of his fugitive gangster brother Whitey as well as about two generations of corruption in the Boston office of the FBI.

Bulger's fellow Democrats from Massachusetts would be asking him even tougher questions than the Repu...

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September 12, 2019 22 min

The first of those victims was Arthur "Bucky" Barrett. His murder would go down as one of the gang's most cruel and unnecessary killings. Even Stevie "the Rifleman" Flemmi later claimed he was shocked by Whitey's brutality.

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September 2, 2019 35 min

A native of South Boston like the Bulger brothers, he handled their dirty work for a quarter century, becoming a multi-millionaire on a policeman's salary. As a decorated G-man, he made training videos for the FBI academy, which you will hear, instructing young agents how to handle organized-crime informants. At the same time, though, he was tipping his underworld paymaster Whitey to informants so that they could be murdered.


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August 29, 2019 26 min

Deb Davis was a beautiful blonde who dreamed of becoming a model, and of escaping from the clutches of her boyfriend, who last year admitted in federal court to taking part, in one way or another, to more than 60 murders.

But Stevie, 23 years her senior, was insanely jealous, and Whitey didn't much like women, period. So Deb Davis had to die, in the most grisly fashion imaginable.

Davis was strangled to death in Stevie's home...

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August 29, 2019 22 min

Whitey and Billy Bulger terrorized and corrupted Boston for more than 30 years -- Whitey as a serial-killing, cocaine-dealing mob boss on the FBI's Most Wanted List, and his younger brother Billy as the president of the Massachusetts state senate, the most powerful politician in the state.

Each one's sinister power reinforced the other's -- as you will hear a former mayor of Boston say of Billy, "If my brother threat...

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July 29, 2019 5 min
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