Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Brutal (151-202)

As I continued reading more into the book, they had talked about one guy selling drugs, and monitoring everything. However, when Billy Shea started spending more time in Florida, then things changed. Jimmy fired Billy for not monitoring the drug deals that were going on. It was Billy Shea's job to monitor the deals that he made, but he wasn't paying attention. if someone is dealing 7 to 10 kilograms of cocaine a week, then that is a lot of money. Bulger got mad that Billy wasn't paying attention and then finally fired him, since he didn't want to lose anymore money.

People had to pay Whitey money if they wanted to sell drugs in Boston. it was like Jimmy taxed them for selling drugs. he called it "Shaking down". I inferred that this word means to take away something from someone. Weeks had continued in the book talking about how much drug deals would cost and all that.

Chapter eight talked about ten more murders that occurred. I was surprised that Weeks did not give that much details in this chapter, he just talked about ten regular guys getting killed because of a reason, and how they were killed. Nothing special. However, Chapter 9 talked about how much morality Jimmy had, even though he had killed many people before. He would donate money to local Charity's such as St. Augustine's Food pantry every year. He would also go down to the local Salvation Army, and donate money there every year. If he believed in the cause, he would donate stuff to them. One thing that he did not have sympathy for was heroin dealers. He did not like them, the drug was too dangerous, and there was no way he was going to have them selling that stuff in Southie. Weeks talked about one dealer, who got off easy. one night, Jimmy caught up with him, and talked for a few minutes. he said it was a warning, to never sell it again, but he continued to sell it. The following week, Jimmy went to his house in The Old Colony Projects, and boarded his house up with plywood. He finally moved out. The rest of the pages talk about how Jimmy and Weeks did not have sympathy for a heroin dealers, and that they would kill any that didn't get out of town within a specified time limit.

"No matter how important something was that we had to tell each other, it could wait until we were able to take a walk or go to a place we considered secure. The agents had taken everything into account, except for the discipline, the one issue about which Jimmy never, ever let up. Not then, and assuming he is still out there, not now" (Weeks 164).

When I was reading on the bus, and came across this quote, it made me get a stick note from my bag and bookmark it. It was one of those quotes you had to write down or save. One thing that I really find interesting about this book is how Weeks describes every story in detail and always tells the truth...or at least it sounds like that. For instance, Weeks did in fact tell the truth right now about how much discipline Jimmy had, and for that reason, he is still out there today.

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