Former Mobster: We Tried To Kill WRKO/Boston's Carr
March 10, 2006 at 6:53 AM (PT)
CURTIS SLIWA apparently isn't the only radio host who inspired someone in the mob to try and kill him: a former associate of fugitive BOSTON mobster JAMES "WHITEY" BULGER tells CBS' "60 MINUTES" that he and BULGER once planned to kill BOSTON HERALD columnist and WRKO-A/BOSTON afternoon host HOWIE CARR for reporting on their activities.
AP says the interview with KEVIN WEEKS by ED BRADLEY is set to air on SUNDAY's edition of the newsmagazine; in it, WEEKS says that the plan changed from planting an exploding basketball in CARR's driveway to simply shooting him, but when the time came to do the deed, WEEKS saw CARR emerge with his daughter and couldn't pull the trigger.
In his column in FRIDAY's HERALD, CARR says that WEEKS "didn’t have the stones to shoot me" and that he doesn't believe WEEKS' story, saying that WEEKS "embellishes his favorite fable, like some aging college jock who, as the years go by, rises from benchwarmer to All-American. Only KEVIN promotes himself from gravedigger to hitman." CARR has a new book in stores about BULGER and his politician/educator brother, "THE BROTHERS BULGER," and has been ripping the mobster, who has been on the lam from a federal indictment since 1995, in his HERALD column and on the air for years.