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The Insiders: Writing legends to talk about gangster legend

Hey, you dirty rats, there’s a great event tonight at Red River Theatres! (Sorry about calling you rats. It’s, like, symbolism or something?) First, authors Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy will be on hand to discuss their new book Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice. The infamous New England gangster’s lifetime of crime and lengthy flight from justice are the stuff of legend, and who better to bring this tale to the page than this pair of Boston Globe reporters with a pile of Pulitzers and Polks between them?

Cullen and Murphy will be joined by Shaheen & Gordon attorneys Steve Gordon and Bill Christie, who represented several families who lost their loved ones at the hands of Bulger and his associates. They’ve got fascinating inside insights to share about Bulger and his time as an FBI informant (and they’re not even billing these hours!).

Those four speakers will be on hand starting at 5:15 p.m. for a reception featuring light appetizers and the chance to purchase their book and/or get it signed by the authors. At 6 p.m., the authors will take part in a discussion/Q&A session leading up to the night’s main event, a showing of the movie The Departed (loosely based on Bulger’s life). This is a great film; Martin Scorcese won his first Best Director and Best Picture Academy Awards for this movie, and Mark Wahlberg’s never played someone more from Boston! Those who have seen the film will probably think twice before taking the elevator up to the theatre from the parking garage (think The Shining, but with current-day Jack Nicholson – scary!).

Tickets are $40 for the whole night or $15 for the Q&A and the screening. For more information or tickets, visit, or call 224-4698.

Read more about the event in the A&E section, D1.

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