By Jon Land, Robert Fitzpatrick
The Jack Nicholson movie The Departed didn’t inform 1/2 their tale. A negative child from the slums, Robert Fitzpatrick grew as much as turn into a stellar FBI agent and problem the country’s deadliest gangsters. Relentless in his wish to capture, prosecute, and convict Whitey Bulger, Fitzpatrick fought the nation’s such a lot made up our minds cop-gangster conflict on the grounds that Melvin Purvis hunted, faced, and killed John Dillinger.
In his campaign to convey Bulger to justice, Fitzpatrick confronted not just Whitey but additionally corrupt FBI brokers, in addition to political cronies and enablers from Boston to Washington who, in a single means or one other, blocked his efforts at each step. even if Fitzpatrick came upon the very association to which he had sworn allegiance used to be his greatest situation, the agent persisted to pursue Whitey and his gang . . . realizing that they have been ready to homicide an individual who obtained of their way.
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But in the early weeks, leaks from the Missing Women Task Force were common, and that’s how we’d heard about the rendering plant. It was no secret, anyway; Pickton’s neighbours talked freely about how he had often taken dead animals there. I stared at the plant.
I had lived in the city for years, and had gone to the University of British Columbia. ) I knew the city well, and still had many relatives and friends there. And though I knew people would ask why I was moving away from politics and white-collar crime, I was quite frankly sick of the same old frauds, the same corrupt politicians trying the same old scams, almost always successfully—and when they were caught and charged, they almost always emerged with very few penalties because of political interference and incompetent policing.
His victims lived and died with the horrors; the least we could do was not avert our eyes, or filter out repugnant details. We are not entitled, in my view, to an amelioration of wickedness, massaging facts for decency. “Murder is always indecent. Some murders may be more grotesque in their execution than others. But a child starved to death, a teenager dismembered, an old woman raped and stabbed—these are no less hideous than prostitutes butchered and fed to the hogs. ” I agreed with every word she wrote.