A few weeks ago I heard an interview on NPR about a mafioso-turned-informant Whitey Bulger that contained this amusing exchange:
DAVIES: I mean people didn’t believe he was an informant, right? Criminals.
CULLEN: Well, you know, one of the most incredible things that you see in the book, Dave, we ask Anthony Cardinale, a very, you know, a very well respected lawyer who has represented some of the most senior Mafia figures in the country, including John Gotti, Tony Salerno and Jerry Angiulo here in Boston. And Tony asked them all, separately, how come you, why didn’t anybody make a move on Bulger after the Globe put that in the paper. And they all said the same thing, they said they didn’t believe that the FBI would get into bed with somebody as vicious and as venal as Whitey Bulger. So the Mafia actually had a higher view of the FBI than it deserved.