AUBURN, Mass. – Want to meet the man who chased Whitey Bulger for decades? Then head to a book signing in Auburn on Oct. 17.
The Auburn Democratic Town Committee will be hosting the book signing with local author Tom Foley at 7 p.m., in the Great Hall of Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St.
Foley, a retired colonel with the Massachusetts State Police, wrote “Most Wanted: Pursuing Whitey Bulger, the Murderous Mob Chief the FBI Secretly Protected,” an account of Foley’s 20-year pursuit of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. The book also explains Foley’s key role in exposing the FBI’s protection of Bulger’s criminal empire.
“Most Wanted” is an inside look at the troopers who worked tirelessly on making a case against Bulger. It was the state police who connected the dots from wiretaps, the money trail through bookies, to the murders at the hands of Bulger himself.
The state troopers did their homework, breaking the Bulger organization apart from the bottom up. But it was the FBI, specifically rogue agent John Connolly, who tipped Bulger off at every turn, eventually forcing Bulger to flee.
“Most Wanted” might be made into a Hollywood production. There are rumors that Mark Wahlberg might be interested in starring as Bulger, which Foley says is still in the talking stage.
A career officer with the Massachusetts State Police, Foley rose to become its highest ranking officer in 2001. Foley was awarded the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his role in the Bulger/Connolly investigation. Since retiring in 2004, Foley teaches criminology at the University of Southern New Hampshire.
Light refreshments will be served at the book signing, and books will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information or to RSVP, email Auburndtc@gmail.com or call 508-951-9157.