By John "Red" Shea
John "Red" Shea, forty, used to be a most sensible lieutenant within the South Boston Irish mob run, led by way of James "Whitey" Bulger. An ice–cold enforcer with a red–hot mood, Shea was once a legend between his friends within the Nineteen Nineties South Boston, up to John Gotti, Bugsy Siegel, and Al Capone have been of their time and position. while the actor and manufacturer Mark Wahlberg, raised in within sight Dorchester, discovered of a script according to Shea's existence circulating in Hollywood, he instantly dedicated to enjoying the gangster on monitor. a big characteristic movie undertaking is now in improvement. From the age of 13, whilst he began robbing supply vans, to the age of twenty–seven, whilst he all started serving a twelve–year federal sentence for drug trafficking, Shea used to be a portrait in American crime – a bantam–weight, red–headed terror, brutal together with his fists and lethal with a lead pipe, a baseball bat, or a knife. At fifteen he used to be promoting marijuana . At seventeen he used to be dealing with Bulger's cocaine. At eighteen he was once personal loan sharking and laundering Bulger's cash. At twenty, initiated into Bulger's internal circle on the aspect of an Uzi, he was once operating a multimillion–dollar narcotics operation for his mentor. RAT BASTARDS used to be the first–ever, firsthand account of mob existence that wasn't advised through a rat. crimson Shea did his crime, then did his time––and by no means knowledgeable, in contrast to Henry Hill of Wiseguy, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano of Underboss, and such a lot of others. conserving speedy to the code of his upbringing, he remained a guy of honor.
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You look bushed, kid. ” I took the money, turned around, and left, burning up. I was mad at him and mad at myself. I went over to Bradlee’s and bought my mother a couple of those angel Hummels that she liked. When I told her about Lambert’s, she was pissed, too, but she was proud that I did it, proud that I earned that money legitimately. That didn’t do much for me. But after that I made a promise to myself: Every chance I got, I stole fruit from Lambert’s Fruit. I got all the fruit I wanted from Lambert’s Fruit, and I dared that motherfucker to say something to me.
I learned to note where the back door was and whether it was open. I learned you never showed money when it exchanged hands and that you didn’t carry on your person once in the place or only a little that you could spare to ditch. I learned that you found a spot for the rest of your stash, somewhere inside the joint or somewhere outside. I learned how to roll joints and cut and bag coke in little envelopes with eight folds. Working with Paul, I got real good at math and with the scale and with 48 JOHN “RED” SHEA breaking up the product.
He was no more than ten or ﬁfteen feet away from me. He tried to stand up, and all you could hear was a loud crack as a wooden baseball bat smashed across his forehead. It looked like the top of his head came off. Everyone knew that lots of inner-city schools had kids from poor families in them and that the schools didn’t have a very good graduation rate and had lousy facilities. But this they blamed on the fact that all the poor black kids were together in one school and all the poor white kids were in another?