Women of Southie: Sorrow and Survival in the Brutal World of Whitey Bulger
The trials and tribulations of women living in the brutal world of South Boston mob is the focus of author Phyllis Karas’ book, Women of Southie. While researching the Mob in South Boston, Karas came to realize that the women in these men’s lives were more interesting than the men themselves. She documented the women’s courage in dealing with extraordinary problems such as physical abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and suicide. With the help of mobster Kevin Weeks’ wife, Anna, she found six women whose stories showed incredible strength, as well as fascinating perspectives on the inner workings of South Boston, where James “Whitey” Bulger reigned for many years.
A book signing follows the conclusion of the program.
Phyllis Karas has been a best-selling author, professor of journalism at Boston University and a stringer for People magazine. She has written 11 books, four of which have been crime related, including Brutal, which was a New York Times best seller. She also wrote The Onassis Women, the story of Jackie Kennedy’s marriage to Aristotle Onassis, which was the subject of a Dateline NBC special. Her work has appeared in Vogue, the Miami Herald, Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and more. She has been interviewed on C-SPAN, Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN, Extra and Hollywood Access. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with her husband, near their two sons and three grandchildren.