Dick O’Brien was a Boston bookmaker. He learned the business from his father and learned it well. Dick O’Brien paid his debts fast and for that he got a lot of action. He had at least 30 agents under him at any given time and kicked up to the Italian mob.
That is until James “Whitey” Bulger summoned him to a meeting with his Winter Hill gang cronies, O’Brien testified today, recalling the conversation he had with the accusedunderworld boss in 1978.