While Whitey was racketeering his way through the Boston underworld and earning a place on the FBI Most Wanted list, his brother, William "Bill" Bulger, was enjoying a successful career of quite a different kind -- as the longest-serving president of the Massachusetts Senate.
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"I am not a crook ... No, really. I am not a crook."
According to those who knew them both, the Bulger brothers grew up with very similar traits -- both highly intelligent authoritarians who intimidated their way to the top. But, while Whitey put his skills to bank robbery and mob politics, his brother Bill put those same skills to actual politics. They both achieved the same result, albeit on opposite sides of the law.
Bill Bulger has always distanced himself from his brother, but never turned on him. And it cost him two careers -- in 2003, he was forced to resign from his position as president of the University Of Massachusetts after refusing to testify against Whitey, and suffered another blow to his political career in 2013 when Whitey was ultimately convicted of his crimes and Bill said nothing except that he still loved his brother. And you thought your relatives were a burden.
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The Whitey man's burden.