The Mafia to the South & Whitey Bulger to the North: Connecticut's Organized Crime

A look at organized crime in Connecticut and the region.

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The "other" Whitey: Ralph "Whitey" Tropiano.
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The Mafia to the South & Whitey Bulger to the North: Connecticut's Organized Crime
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The Mafia to the South & Whitey Bulger to the North: Connecticut's Organized Crime

When the ultimate history book of America is written, there will probably be a whole section on organized crime.

The Mafia has long fascinated Americans, especially in popular culture.

But beyond The Godfather, The Untouchables, The Sopranos and countless other movies and books, is the real American mob.

One of the most notorious gangsters in American history, Whitey Bulger is on trial in Boston. His reign lasted decades - thanks in part to the U.S. government. Here’s author Dick Lehr speaking on NPR’s Weekend Edition last month.

"It isn't his longevity, but it's this connection to the FBI in Boston," said Lehr. "That's what puts him in a league of his own and that's why I think people everywhere should be concerned about, is that he was at the center of the worst informant sting on the Bureau's history."

We talk about organized crime not only in America but right here in Connecticut. We also hear from someone who knows about life inside the Mafia, Sal Polisi. He's in a National Geographic Channel film, Inside the American Mob which premieres July 28th at 9pm.