John Connolly Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 28 Sep, 2017
Facts of John Connolly
Date of Birth: 1986 , April-22
Age: 35 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name John Connolly
Birth Name John J. Connolly Jr
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Dublin
Ethnicity White
Profession Writer
Net Worth N/A
Salary N/A
Married Yes
Married to Marianne Lockary
Education Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin City University
Awards Edgar Award for Best Short Story, MORE
Movies The New Daughter
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John Connolly is popularly known for using gangster, Whitey Bulger in 1970's and 80's as an informant for bringing down the Mafia in Boston. Even he was condemned of racketeering, obstruction of justice and murder charges.

Early Life and Education

John Connolly was born as John J. Connolly Jr. on August 1, 1940, in Boston, Massachusetts. He spends his childhood, in the Old Harbor housing project in South Boston, a neighborhood of mainly Irish families with his parents.

While living in Old Harbor, Connolly met William "Billy" Bulger, who would become a successful politician and he also met James "Whitey" Bulger, Billy's older brother. Connolly completed his undergraduate from Boston College.

Later he joined the Suffolk Law School, but he didn't complete his law degree. Afterwards, he enrolled in teaching at a school.


John began his FBI career in 1968 and completed his stints at offices in Baltimore. In 1972, he got arrested of Frank Salemme, and later a well-known Mafia figure helped him to release from jail. In 1990, he received the multiple commendations before his retirement, and then he headed to a well-paid corporate job.

John was considered one of the most dedicated and successful agents during his years with the FBI. Connolly used John in every possible way to keep Whitey and Flemmi on the streets, where they had access to information.

Even if another investigation came close to his informants, he did his best to shield them. He was arrested in 1999 and later in 2002; he was convicted of racketeering, lying to an FBI agent and obstruction of justice and sentence with ten years prison.

In 2005, Connolly was accused of the killing of the president of World Jai-Alai, John Callahan.   He was again convicted of second-degree murder in 2008 and received a sentence of 40 years which held overturned in 2014.

Personal Life

 Connolly is a married man; he tied a knot with Elizabeth L. Moore in 1988 at a private ceremony in the presence of their friends and family members. She worked for the FBI as a stenographer. The pair shares three children together.

Prior marrying Moore, Connolly was in a marital relationship with Marianne Lockary. The duo exchanged their vows in 1970. However, the couple couldn't handle their relationship and divorced after four years of their marriage.

Net Worth

John Connolly has earned a very impressive net worth from his career, but due to his secretive nature, he didn't disclose his actual figure.


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