James White
Northern Irish writer
James White
James White was a Northern Irish author of science fiction novellas, short stories and novels. He was born in Belfast and returned there after spending his early years in Canada. After a few years in the clothing industry, he worked at Short Brothers Ltd. from 1965 until taking early retirement in 1984 as a result of diabetes. White married Margaret Sarah Martin, another science fiction fan, in 1955 and the couple had three children.
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Juror: Gov't corruption in Bulger case stunned me
Yahoo News - over 3 years
EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — While the trial of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger showed that he committed horrific crimes, testimony from witnesses also revealed a stunning degree of corruption in the U.S. Department of Justice that enabled the man who was eventually labeled as the FBI's most wanted fugitive to operate in the city for years, a juror said.
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Video: State Dept. issues travel alert over terror threat
CBS News - over 3 years
The CBS News Roundup: The State Department issues a worldwide alert for Americans traveling overseas; James "Whitey" Bulger says he won't testify in his own defense in his racketeering trial; the "gluten-free" food label now comes with government backing -- all this and more. Nick Dietz reports on the news you need to know.
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Authorities: Potential Bulger witness found dead
Fox News - over 3 years
Authorities say a man who was on the witness list for the racketeering trial of reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has died. The Middlesex District Attorney's Office says Stephen Rakes was found dead Wednesday afternoon in Lincoln, Mass., with no obvious signs of trauma to his body. Authorities are conducting an autopsy to determine the 59-year-old Quincy man's cause and manner of death. Prosecutors say Rakes and his former wife were forced to sell Bulger their South Boston liquor store in 1984 to use as a headquarters for his gang and as a source of legitimate income. But another prosecution witness has testified that wasn't true, and it was unclear whether prosecutors would put Rakes on the stand. Rakes had been attending the trial.
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Bulger's lawyers pare down mob trial witness list
Fox News - over 3 years
James "Whitey" Bulger's (BUHL'-jurz) lawyers have submitted a new, pared-down witness list for his racketeering trial. Bulger's lawyers had submitted a list with the names of more than 80 potential witnesses. Their new list, filed early Tuesday, contains 37 names. It includes a man who was wrongly convicted in a gangland slaying because of FBI corruption. Joseph Salvati spent more than 30 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit after corrupt FBI agents withheld evidence. The prosecution is still presenting its witnesses but could wrap up by the end of this week. The defense could begin presenting its case early next week. A former FBI agent is expected back on the stand Tuesday. The 83-year-old Bulger is accused of playing a role in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s.
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Accused mobster Bulger swears at ex-FBI agent in court
Reuters.com - over 3 years
BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger cursed at a former FBI supervisor in court on Thursday and called him a liar as the prosecution witness described how Bulger got special treatment for being a government snitch.
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Chief of FBI’s Boston office, key figure in marathon bombing investigation, stepping down
Canadian Business - over 3 years
BOSTON – The head of the FBI’s Boston office, one of the main law enforcement figures during the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down to take a private-sector job. Richard DesLauriers, who’s been special agent in charge of the office since July 2010, said he will leave next month after more than 26 years with the FBI. He said he has accepted a position as vice-president of corporate security with Penske Corp., a transportation services company, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. In an interview Tuesday, DesLauriers said he is most proud of his role in the apprehension of reputed mobster and longtime fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger; the arrests of two Boston-area Russian sleeper agents; the arrests and convictions of a man charged with conspiring to help al-Qaida and a man accused in a plot to fly remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol; and the investigation into the deadly Boston Marathon bombi ...
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Bulger attorney: Allow comment against key witness
Fox News - over 3 years
Lawyers for reputed Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger want jurors to hear statements that government prosecutors made about a star witness against Bulger, including that the witness is "sick" and not credible. Defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. argued in federal court Wednesday the statements about former Bulger cohort Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi during past litigation are critical to helping the jury decide Flemmi's reliability. But prosecutor Fred Wyshak said a statement made in one case isn't admissible because it's opinion, not an assertion of fact. He said statements in another case stem from claims Flemmi made before he became a government witness and changed his story. He said the government believes Flemmi was lying at that time. Bulger is accused of participating in 19 murders. Opening statements are set for June 12.
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Church official pleads not guilty in looting case
Fox News - over 3 years
A Boston church official who claimed in an autobiography that he was a leg-breaker for reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has pleaded not guilty to charges that he looted the church's assets. Edward MacKenzie Jr. is the former director of operations at the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Church, whose members belong to the Swedenborgian denomination. MacKenzie was arrested last week after a grand jury indicted him on charges including racketeering and extortion. Federal authorities say MacKenzie looted the church of its considerable financial assets through fraud, deceit, extortion, theft and bribery. MacKenzie pleaded not guilty Tuesday to all 14 charges against him. Each count carries a maximum 20-year sentence. His bail hearing was postponed until June 26 after a new defense attorney requested more time.
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Bulger judge says he can't use immunity defense
Fox News - almost 4 years
The new judge presiding over the James "Whitey" Bulger case has granted prosecutors' motion to bar the reputed Boston mobster from arguing immunity at trial. Judge Denise Caspar on Thursday upheld a decision by the case's previous judge, who was removed because of the possible appearance of a conflict of interest. Caspar ruled "any alleged immunity agreement ... is a bar to prosecution to be determined by the court and not a defense to the crimes charged." Bulger's lawyers argued they should be able to present a trial defense claiming that a now-dead law enforcement official gave Bulger immunity from prosecution. The 83-year-old Bulger is scheduled to go on trial next month for his connection to 19 slayings. He has pleaded not guilty.
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Judge to hear arguments on Bulger's immunity claim
Fox News - about 4 years
Attorneys for reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger are set to argue in court Wednesday that he was given immunity to commit crimes while he was an FBI informant. Bulger, the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, is awaiting trial in a sweeping racketeering indictment accusing him of participating in 19 murders. He claims a federal prosecutor gave him immunity for his crimes while he was providing the FBI information on local leaders of the Mafia, his gang's main rivals. Bulger, 83, fled Boston in 1994 and was one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives until his capture in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011. Bulger's lawyers want to use his immunity claim as a defense at his murder trial. Bulger contends former federal prosecutor Jeremiah O'Sullivan, who led the New England Organized Crime Strike Force, gave him immunity while he was an FBI informant in the 1970s and '80s. O'Sullivan, who died in 2009, denied ever making an immunity deal with Bulge ...
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Bulger lawyers to brief judge on evidence exchange
Fox News - over 4 years
Lawyers for Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (BUHL'-jur) are due in federal court to update a judge on the exchange of pre-trial evidence. Bulger, the former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, was also an FBI informant against the Mafia. The 83-year-old Bulger is awaiting trial for his alleged role in 19 killings. His lawyers have complained for months that the large volume of documents in the case will make it difficult for them to be ready for Bulger's scheduled trial in March. In a written status report filed this week, Bulger's lawyers said some of the documents are heavily redacted, making them "totally useless." Prosecutors say they have gone well beyond what they are required to give the defense before trial. The sides are due in court Friday afternoon.
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Bulger lawyer says prosecutors hampering defense in trial preparation
Fox News - over 4 years
Lawyers for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger have accused prosecutors of demonizing Bulger, while prosecutors said the defense is trying to influence potential jurors in his remarks to reporters. The two sides trading accusations during a feisty hearing Friday in U.S. District Court. Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said prosecutors spent the nearly 17 years Bulger was a fugitive vilifying him. He said his comments to reporters have simply repeated what he has said in court during pretrial hearings. Bulger, the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, is scheduled to go on trial in March for his alleged participation in 19 killings. He was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., last year after fleeing Boston in late 1994.
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Greig to battle 8-year sentence
The Daily Free Press - Boston Un - over 4 years
Catherine Greig, long-time girlfriend of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, filed the notice of appeal Tuesday against the eight-year sentence she received a day earlier in court, officials said. Greig’s attorneys filed the notice of appeal Monday morning, said Susan Goldberg, deputy circuit executive of the Office of the Circuit Executive. No date has been set for the hearing yet. It is “too soon to tell” what the appeal will mean for the case, Goldberg said in a phone interview. Greig received eight years in federal prison, three years of supervised release and a $150,000 fine in Monday’s sentencing hearing at the Moakley Courthouse in South Boston, where she faced charges in connection to Bulger, her boyfriend. Greig was convicted of identity theft, harboring, conspiring to protect and successfully protecting a criminal with knowledge that he was a criminal, according to a redacted sentencing memorandum filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Pirozzolo before the sentencing. Neither ...
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Accused U.S. mobster's girlfriend gets 8-year sentence
Yahoo News - over 4 years
BOSTON (Reuters) - A judge sentenced the girlfriend of reputed U.S. mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger to eight years in prison on Tuesday for her role in helping him evade arrest for 16 years. Judge Douglas Woodcock also imposed on Catherine Greig a $150,000 fine and ordered her to serve three years of supervised release once she is out of prison. Greig pleaded guilty in March to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud and identity fraud. Prosecutors had sought 10 years in prison while her attorney had recommended 27 months. ...
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The FBI Is Launching A Public Campaign To Solve The Biggest Museum Theft In History
Business Insider - over 4 years
To help solve the decades-old mystery of how a heist at a Boston art museum—considered to be the largest art heist in history—went down, federal officials are enlisting the help of the public, according to the Boston Globe. The theft, which took place in 1990 at the Gardner Museum, involved some 13 works by artists including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, which are valued at $500 million. Federal officials say the new  "public awareness campaign" will be similar to the one that led to last-year's arrest of James “Whitey’’ Bulger. The campaign will reintroduce the stolen works to the masses in hopes of gaining information about their whereabouts, according to the Globe. US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz wouldn't described the campaign in detail to the Globe, but said it was part of "a very vibrant, ongoing investigation. It isn’t sitting on a shelf, that’s for sure.’’ The campaign comes as the case regains traction. A grand jury was recently activated, and two houses reportedly connected ...
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Federal prosecutors seek 10-year prison sentence for girlfriend of ex-Boston mobster Bulger
Fox News - over 4 years
The longtime girlfriend of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger should spend 10 years in prison because she knowingly protected one of the region's most violent criminals for more than 16 years, federal prosecutors said Friday. In a sentencing memo filed in U.S. District Court, prosecutors say Catherine Greig hid Bulger's identity and handled the daily tasks necessary for them to keep a low-profile in Santa Monica, Calif., where the couple was captured last June while living in a rent-controlled apartment. Bulger, now 82, is the former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang. He is charged with participating in 19 murders and is awaiting trial. Greig, 61, pleaded guilty in March to three charges, admitting she used aliases and obtained prescription medications for Bulger by pretending to be his wife. Although the charges carry a maximum of 15 years in prison, federal prosecutors had warned family members of the people Bulger is accused of murde ...
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Ex-New England mob boss, age 84, to be sentenced in strip club extortion plot
Fox News - almost 5 years
When 84-year-old Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio is led away to prison, the New England Mafia will lose an "old school" former boss who came up through the ranks during the mob's heyday only to be undone in his old age over his role in the shakedown of Providence strip clubs. The New England Mafia remains as a shell of its former self, crippled in its ability to control businesses through fear, stay out of the crosshairs of law enforcement or even adhere to the sacred code of silence that made the organization so powerful, observers said. Nine people described by prosecutors as Mafia leaders, members and associates were ensnared by an investigation into the shakedown of Providence strip clubs and other extortion activities. Aside from Manocchio, Raymond "Scarface" Jenkins, 48, is also being sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence. He pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy for his role in the extortion of a used-car salesman ...
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84-year-old ex-New England mob boss Baby Shacks to be sentenced in strip club extortion plot
Fox News - almost 5 years
When Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, the 84-year-old former leader of the New England Mafia, is led away to prison on Friday, he'll be taking with him the vestiges of the mob's heyday, when businesses bent to the will of crime bosses, mobsters took the code of silence to the grave and their brutality was hidden behind refined public personas. The mob organization Manocchio leaves behind is on the ropes after nine people described by prosecutors as Mafia leaders, members and associates were ensnared by an investigation into the shakedown of Providence strip clubs and other extortion activities. The organization also faces a bleak financial future as its gambling operations become marginalized by legalized casino gaming in some New England states and by Internet gambling operations, observers say. Also, the mob no longer has the "fear factor" that once commanded payoffs from businesses, some say. "It's not an area where there's a lot of mone ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James White
  • 1999
    Age 70
    He died of a stroke on 23 August 1999, while his novels Double Contact and The First Protector were being prepared for publication.
    More Details Hide Details His wife Peggy, son Martin, and daughter Patricia survived him. The Sector General series consists of 12 books published originally between 1962 (Hospital Station) and 1999 (Double Contact). Additional short stories set in the Sector General Universe (Countercharm, Tableau, Occupation: Warrior, and Custom Fitting) appear in other collections by White. Sector General is a gigantic multi-species hospital space station founded as a peace-making project by two heroes from opposite sides of humanity's only full interstellar war. The hospital accommodates patients and staff from dozens of species, with different environmental requirements, behaviours and ailments. Initially most of the stories concern the career of Doctor Conway, who rises from junior surgeon to Diagnostician. In the fourth book the Galactic Federation decides that the emergency service which the hospital offers to victims of space accidents and planetary catastrophes is the most effective means of making peaceful contact with new spacefaring species, which allows the series to expand its range of plots, characters and settings. The seventh and later books each have a different and usually alien viewpoint character, which gave them "considerable new pep". They also expand the range of issues beyond purely medical, and in Mike Resnick's opinion treat issues such as guilt and forgiveness better than most science fiction.
  • 1998
    Age 69
    In 1998, White received the NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association) Edward E. Smith Memorial Award ("Skylark Award") for contributions to science fiction, named after a story by one of his inspirations, E. E. "Doc" Smith, and appreciated this so much that he donated his complete collection of Slant magazines to NESFA.
    More Details Hide Details The next year he was inducted into the European Science Fiction Society's Hall of Fame. White was Guest-of-Honour at many conventions including: the 1971 and 1985 Novacons in the United Kingdom; three Beneluxcons (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg); the 1998 Octocon (Ireland); a Nicon (Northern Ireland); and the 1996 Worldcon. Since 2000 the James White Award has been presented for the best short story by a non-professional writer. The judges are professional authors and editors, and have included Mike Resnick, Orson Scott Card, Lois McMaster Bujold, Peter F. Hamilton, Christopher Priest and Robert Sheckley.
  • 1996
    Age 67
    His short story Un-Birthday Boy, published in the magazine Analog in 1996 but not in a collection or anthology, was short-listed for a Hugo Award.
    More Details Hide Details Other collections include: Paul Kincaid described White as a second-rank writer who occasionally produced first-rank works, and attracted a devoted but not wide audience. Kincaid noted that his plots were often formulaic and his writing employed a predictable set of techniques and mannerisms, along with a "studied quietness." On the other hand, John Clute wrote that "in the depiction of goodness may lie the real genius of James White," Mike Resnick described the Sector General series' characters as "the most memorable crew of aliens ever created," and Graham Andrews wrote that White's aliens are really alien, not just human minds with exotic biologies. Michael Ashley commented that the setting of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is reminiscent of Sector General, and Mark R. Leeper noted similarities between Sector General's setting and that of television's Babylon 5. Chris Aylott wrote that White's plot construction and writing, including occasionally clumsy exposition, are typical of the Golden Age of science fiction in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.
    The White Papers was produced by NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association) to commemorate White's being the Guest-of-Honour at the 1996 Worldcon, and includes short stories and fan magazine articles by White, plus sections of Gary Louie's guide to the Sector General series.
    More Details Hide Details Among the stories, Custom Fitting (1976) was short-listed for a Hugo Award, and Sanctuary (1988) won an Analog Analytical Laboratory Award.
  • 1984
    Age 55
    When diabetes had severely impaired his eyesight, he took early retirement in 1984 and relocated to the north Antrim resort town of Portstewart, where he continued to write.
    More Details Hide Details For many years he was a Council Member of the British Science Fiction Association and, with Harry Harrison and Anne McCaffrey, a Patron of the Irish Science Fiction Association. White was also a strong pacifist.
  • 1980
    Age 51
    White kept his job with Short Brothers and wrote in the evenings, as his stories did not make enough money for him to become a full-time author. In 1980 he taught a literature course at a Belfast branch of the Workers Educational Association.
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  • 1957
    Age 28
    In 1957, Ace Books published White's first novel, The Secret Visitors, which included locations in Northern Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details The book had previously been serialised in New Worlds with the title Tourist Planet. Ace Books' science fiction editor, Donald A. Wollheim, thought the original ending was too tame and suggested that White should insert an all-out space battle just after the climactic courtroom scene. In November the same year New Worlds published White's novelette Sector General, and editor John ("Ted") Carnell requested more stories set in the same universe, founding the series for which White is known best. White gained "a steady following" for his "scientifically accurate" stories, which were notable examples of hard science fiction in New Worlds, despite the magazine's promotion of literary "New Wave" science fiction during the 1960s.
  • 1955
    Age 26
    He married Margaret ("Peggy") Sarah Martin, another science fiction fan, in 1955 and the couple had three children: daughter Patricia, and sons Martin and Peter.
    More Details Hide Details White later worked for the aeroplane builders Short Brothers Ltd. as a technical clerk (1965–1966), publicity assistant (1966–1968), and publicity officer (1968–1984).
    White married Margaret Sarah Martin, another science fiction fan, in 1955 and the couple had three children.
    More Details Hide Details He died of a stroke. He became a fan of science fiction in 1941 and co-wrote two fan magazines, from 1948 to 1953 and 1952 to 1965. Encouraged by other fans, White began publishing short stories in 1953, and his first novel was published in 1957. His best-known novels were the twelve of the Sector General series, the first published in 1962 and the last after his death. White also published nine other novels, two of which were nominated for major awards, unsuccessfully. White abhorred violence, and medical and other emergencies were the sources of dramatic tension in his stories. The "Sector General" series is regarded as defining the genre of medical science fiction, and as introducing a memorable crew of aliens. Although missing winning the most prestigious honours four times, White gained other awards for specific works and for contributions to science fiction. He was also Guest-of-Honour of several conventions.
  • 1953
    Age 24
    His first published short story, Assisted Passage, a parody of 1950s Anglo-Australian emigration policies, appeared in the January 1953 edition of the magazine New Worlds.
    More Details Hide Details Further stories appeared in New Worlds during the next few years, but White's attempt to access the more lucrative American market by submitting stories to Astounding Science Fiction stalled after the publication of The Scavengers. White later said that his optimism about inter-species relations was unpalatable to Astoundings xenophobic editor, John W. Campbell. As a result, White's work was little-known outside the UK until the 1960s.
    In 2004 both White and Willis were nominated for the retrospective Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer of 1953, although neither won.
    More Details Hide Details White said that he started writing stories because the Slant team felt that Astounding Science Fiction was too dominated by prophesies of nuclear doom, and his friends dared him to write the kind of story that they all liked to read. He said that getting published was fairly easy during the 1950s, as the World War II restrictions on paper were ended, and there were at least 12 science magazines in Britain and about 40 in the United States.
  • 1947
    Age 18
    In 1947 he met another Irish fan, Walter A. ("Walt") Willis (1919–1999), and the two helped to produce the fan magazines Slant (1948–1953) and Hyphen (1952–1965), which featured stories and articles by noted authors including John Brunner, A.
    More Details Hide Details Bertram Chandler, and Bob Shaw.
  • 1941
    Age 12
    He became a science fiction fan in 1941, attracted particularly by the works of E. E. "Doc" Smith, which featured good aliens as well as evil ones, and of Robert A. Heinlein, many of whose stories concern ordinary people.
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  • 1928
    James White was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 7 April 1928, and spent part of his early life in Canada.
    More Details Hide Details He was educated in Belfast at St. John's Primary School (1935–1941) and St. Joseph's Technical Secondary School (1942–1943). As a teenager he lived with foster parents. He wanted to study medicine but financial circumstances prevented this. Between 1943 and 1965 he worked for several Belfast tailoring firms and then as assistant manager of a Co-op department store.
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