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John Shea

Born: Aug 12, 1965

Nationality: United States

John Shea

Date of Birth : Aug 12, 1965

John "Red" Shea is an Irish-American former mobster from Boston involved in narcotics and an associate of crime kingpin Whitey Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang during the 1980s and 1990s. He was indicted on cocaine trafficking charges in 1990 and served 12 years in prison. Before joining the Winter Hill Gang, he had to prove himself more than any other gang member, because he was a quarter English. Shea wrote a book called Rat Bastards; The Story of South Boston's Most Honorable Irish Mobster about his experience with the Winter Hill Gang. The main theme of the book is that he is a "stand-up guy" who refused to accept a plea deal to testify against his associates; and consequently had to serve the full sentence for his conviction. Several top ranking former members of the Bulger crew have dismissed Shea's book as wildly embellished, saying he was a low level criminal who sold drugs under the supervision of the crew, but was nowhere near as powerful in Boston organized crime as Shea alleges in his book. John Shea continued his writing career with the acclaimed young adult novel A Kid From Southie.

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