15 episodes

Dirty Rats is the true story of two of Boston's most powerful brothers - one a gangster, the other a politician - as they rose from poverty in a public-housing project to the pinnacles of power in their respective trades. Howie Carr, author of two New York Times bestsellers about Boston organized crime and their victims, unravels the brothers' sordid web of corruption and homicide that still haunts Boston to this day.

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    • 4.9 • 2.5K Ratings

Dirty Rats is the true story of two of Boston's most powerful brothers - one a gangster, the other a politician - as they rose from poverty in a public-housing project to the pinnacles of power in their respective trades. Howie Carr, author of two New York Times bestsellers about Boston organized crime and their victims, unravels the brothers' sordid web of corruption and homicide that still haunts Boston to this day.

    12: The Boss

    12: The Boss

    Howie Winter was the original boss of the Winter Hill gang. He saved Whitey Bulger's life, only to be betrayed by the ultimate dirty rat. But perhaps the most unique part of Winter's life was not his mobster past, but his marriage. This episode of Dirty Rats is a love story between the infamous mob boss and his devoted wife, Ellen Brogna.

    • 33 min
    11: Saint Patrick's Day

    11: Saint Patrick's Day

    The St. Patrick's Day breakfast in South Boston was Billy Bulger's annual tribute to himself. Whether it was presidents, governors or corrupt FBI agents, attendance was mandatory. But despite the music and the corned beef and cabbage, there was always an unmentioned presence in the hall-- Whitey.

    • 26 min
    10: Honest Cop Part 2

    10: Honest Cop Part 2

    Det. Mike Huff was quickly realizing that the murder of Roger Wheeler was unlike any case he had ever covered in Tulsa.

    • 28 min
    9: The Honest Cop

    9: The Honest Cop

    Mike Huff was a 25-year-old cop from Tulsa, Oklahoma. His career had barely begun when he embarked on a case that would change the trajectory of his entire life. It all started with the brutal murder of a millionaire tech-company CEO in the parking lot of the most exclusive golf club in the state.

    • 26 min
    8: The Accountant Part 2

    8: The Accountant Part 2

    John Callahan was getting closer to the gangsters from Boston. He was constantly searching for excitement in his life and these were the kind of guys he had always seen in movies.

    • 18 min
    7: The Accountant

    7: The Accountant

    John Callahan had a loving wife and two children. He was a successful businessman who worked everywhere from Ernst & Young to Arthur Andersen. And yet, even as his family grew and his career excelled, John was restless. And that restlessness would cost him dearly.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

B0ST0N T0M ,

👍

Growing up in the Boston suburbs and working in Boston right beside the very garage Whitey Bulger occupied back then,the garage now is a parking lot the building to the left we do service work there all the time This is the best podcast I’ve ever listen to let’s get some more Radio talk show host Howie Carr hit this one way way over the fence

BridgetMVP ,

Not exactly a serial killer

This is an excellent in-depth podcast about the Bulger corruption of Boston and beyond. But constantly referring to James Bulger as a serial killer misses the mark. He was a corrosive criminal and a stone-cold killer. But his reasons for killing were apparently to protect himself or to exact revenge…not for psychological or sexual gratification. He viciously killed multiple people- he doesn’t have to be incorrectly labeled a serial killer to be evil.

Fuzzymuzi ,

Dirty Rats

I grew up in Boston, this Podcast was one of the best I have listen too. My farther was friends and work with a lot of these politicians, this hit home. Can not wait for season 2

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