Janet Uhlar | Casey Sherman: is any of his work credible?

Casey Sherman: is any of his work credible?

I’ve been quiet for a while. With the coronavirus, as a nurse, I’ve been exposed time and again, and continue to fear bringing it to my immunocompromised daughter.

A month ago, I experienced the sudden and unexplained death of a beloved brother.

I’ve been quiet as coped with the disruption we all face.

In my uncommunicative state, I’ve been observing. Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge as they promote their newly released book on Whitey Bulger.

I met Casey Sherman on October 5, 2018 at an event on Cape Cod. Aware that he had written about Joe “The Animal” Barboza, I told him about my unique connection to Bulger; about the 75 personal letters I had from him; and about the 15 hours of face-to-face conversation with Bulger. I asked Sherman if he could direct me to someone that might be interested in helping me publish Bulger’s story based on the letters/communication.

Sherman seemed taken aback, and to my great surprise didn’t ask or comment at all about the letters/communication with Bulger. He took my contact information, along with a letter I brought with me addressed to him, reiterating all that I told him and more. He said he’d call.

A few months later, Sherman announced he was writing a book about Bulger… Strange thing is, though he knew I had these personal letters and private communications, he never contacted me. Never.

Certainly this puts into question the accuracy of his research. Did he ever tell his writing partner Dave Wedge that I approached him with information about the letters and communication? Why did he chose to ignore detailed primary source information? Who does that when writing a work of nonfiction? Why, seemingly, was he afraid of it. Might it have changed the narrative he was determined to put forward? Is that true journalism or historic writing?

Casey Sherman is described as a “renowned journalist” by the Boston Herald. The term journalist once had ethical attributes attached.

Knowing that Casey Sherman ignored unique primary source material for his latest book, I can’t help but wonder how accurate his former publications have been.

The Truth Be Damned.

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