Yesterday we learned that two Boston Globe reporters have written a book that’s coming out this week.: “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.”
These reporters have been covering the events surrounding Whitey for many years but they’ve been working for the Boston Globe during this period of time. What we will be getting is the stereotypical Whitey that has already been given to us by other Boston newspaper people like Globe reporters Lehr and O’Neill who wrote the flawed Black Mass and Howie Carr the Herald columnist who wrote the fiction The Brothers Bulger and the life story of the killer John Martorano called the Hitman.
The theme will not vary from the same-old, same-old surface analysis of Whitey which has become the accepted belief of the general public because of its repetition. It will tell us what the other gangsters have told us about Whitey and will do its best to implicate Billy Bulger, his brother, in Whitey’s being enabled to carry on his criminal life, a mistruth the Globe insists on perpetuating. I say this because a glance at the article shows off to the side above two pictures of Whitey in a little box set aside for emphasis the statement: “The book describes how a rebellious Bulger grew to realize the importance of political influence.” All one can take from that is it is just another of the Boston Globe’s attempt to carry on the smear Billy Bulger.
In a strange move the Globe has the authors of the book review their own book. They inform us, as I just suggested that this is more Globe-speak, the story was written “with editorial support from The Globe” It will be protective of the prosecutors and the FBI since they rely on them for tips and stories. (One of the authors was leaked Billy’s secret grand jury testimony.) How then will we get anything from it other than what we have already heard about Whitey?
After rehashing much of what is out there, the authors have ventured into other areas, one of which is new and others not previously carried in Black Mass because they are of a recent origin. The new item that is emphasized is the letters that have been written by Whitey to a former convict, 81-year-old Dick Sunday who Whitey served time with in Atlanta and Alcatraz. Dick Sunday, we’re told is a “highly decorated” Army private, sort of like Stevie Flemmi. Dick states he was innocent of the rape charges he was convicted of while in Korea.
Reminds me of the exchange between Andy Dufrensne and Red in Shawshank Redemption. Andy asks Red what he is in for and Red says murder. Andy then asks, “Innocent?” Red replies shaking his head, “Only guilty man in Shawshank.” A line Red would later use again when telling another prisoner who protests his innocence, “You’re going to fit right in. Everyone in here is innocent.”
Once a convict ever looking for a con. Dick first wrote to Bulger and they became pen pals. The first thing that came to my mind was to wonder how much money Dick stuck-up the Globe for to give them the letters? We’re not told.
Then I wondered why Whitey would write to him about his actions. He had to know they would see the light of day. Of course the letters are all self-serving nonsense. Whitey portrays himself as the “good guy” surrounded by evil outsiders. He is being kept locked up 23 hours a day and some of his free meals aren’t at the proper temperature. They are the usual complaints of prisoners who seem not to understand they are in prison.
Yet they do point out Whitey’s dilemma. He has no case. No one is going to believe a thing he says. For the first time I began to think that Whitey is not going to testify at trial. If it hasn’t already, it will dawn on him that no one is going to believe his testimony just like no one believes anything self-serving that he wrote in his letters to Dick.
Kevin Weeks early on after Whitey was arrested said Whitey would not testify because he’d not want to subject his family to further embarrassment. I pooh-poohed his suggestion saying Whitey will want to tell his tale. Now I think Kevin is right. Whitey’s testimony will be ridiculed and he’ll become a laughing-stock figure. For as long as his trial lasts, he will wrongfully subject his family to the slings and arrows of an outrageous press.
I suggest this because I was intrigued by the comment in the article that Whitey said he offered to plead guilty to 19 murders “including some he says he did not commit.” I’m assuming that comes from one of his letters to Dick Sunday. If it exists that’s a nice bit of evidence for the prosecutors. I can see Freddy Wyshak or Brian Kelly standing up to begin cross-examination. He’ll hold up the letter containing that statement which will have been admitted into evidence. He’ll read those emphasized words, He’ll then say, “Now Mr. Bulger, lets talk about those murders that you admitted you committed!”
Case over! We know the immunity defense will not go to the jury because it has no basis in fact; and we know that if Whitey admits to murdering people he’ll be sitting in a cell in ADX, Florence, Colorado, before the summer is out. He apparently is unhappy with his Plymouth cell and wishes he was back at Alcatraz but when he gets to ADX he’ll think Plymouth was a bit of happiness.