WORCESTER – A step back from his former position as top official in the FBI’s Boston Field Office allows Richard DesLauriers the chance to look at his career and to reflect on the high-profile cases he once worked.
The conviction of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect Mr. DesLauriers sought in a manhunt he led through Watertown in 2013, has the retired agent relieved today, he said. The cinematic rendition of the life of James “Whitey” Bulger in “Black Mass” rings true for Mr. DesLauriers, based on the case files he reviewed of the mobster’s early violent days before his ultimate capture by the FBI in 2011. And, Mr. DesLauriers said regrettably, the infamous $500 million Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist he also investigated still remains a mystery.
“I know the Boston FBI office, when I led it, as well as right now, is doing everything they possibly can to return those paintings,” he said.