It is best to give an overview to the murders alleged to have been committed by James “Whitey” Bulger by date, by victim, by actual shooter, by motive and by who would gain. The murders alleged were committed in two time spans, from 1973 to 1976; and from 1981 to 1986, a period of 9 years.
First Years – 1973 to 1976- 11 murders
Year – Victim – Killer/Shooter – Motive – Who Gains
1973 – Michael Milano – Martorano/Winter – Martorano — Angiulo
1973 – Al Plummer – – – Martorano/Winter – Martorano — Angiulo
1973 – William O’Brien – Martorano/Winter – Martorano — Angiulo
1973 – Spike O’Toole – Martorano/McDonald – Martorano – Martorano
1974 – Indian Al – – – Martorano – – – Martorano – – – Angiulo
1974 – James Sousa – – Martorano – – – Martorano – – McDonald
1974 – Paulie McGanagle – King – – Whitey – – – Whitey
1975 – Eddie Connors – Whitey/Stevie – Winter – – – Winter
1975 – Thomas King – Martorano – – – – Whitey – – – Whitey
1975 – Buddy Leonard – Whitey – – – – – Whitey – – – – Whitey
1976 – Richie Castucci – Martorano – – – The Hill – — The Hill
Second Years – 1981 to 1985 – 8 murders
Year – Victim – Shooter(s) – Motive – Who Gains
1981 – Roger Wheeler — Martorano — — Martoramp – Martorano
1981 – Debbie Davis – – – Flemmi — — Flemmi – – Flemmi
1982 – Brian Halloran — Whitey/Nee — — Whitey — — — Whitey
1982 – Michael Donohue – Whitey/Nee — — Whitey — — — Whitey
1982 – John Callahan — — Martorano — — Martorano — -Martorano
1983 — Bucky Barett — — Whitey/Flemmi Whitey — — Whitey
1984 — John McIntyre — — Nee/ Weeks — — Nee — — — Nee
1985 — Deborah Hussey — Flemmi — — — Flemmi — — Flemmi
The above is the most logical conclusion about the murders charged to Whitey. Understand that the information about some of them came from people who were interested in getting a good deal from the government which was obsessed with getting Whitey so they of necessity minimized their roles and put Whitey in the spotlight. By looking at who had the motive and the most to gain is a better guide to determining the identity of the murderer.
When Weeks said John McIntyre had a bullet put in his head by Whitey that could very well have been done by Nee. In other words the corroboration of the manner of a person’s death only means that a witness like Weeks who was at the scene of the murder will be able to describe how it happened; but it does not follow the players (or killers) who did it were the ones who actually did do it. Weeks was motivated to minimize his and his friends involvement as well as to maximize Whitey’s. Doing otherwise would not have gotten him the sweetheart deal.
An examination of the 19 murders shows that of the 11 murders committed in 1973 to 1976 that the person who actually committed eight of them was Martorano. The remaining three were done by Tommy King, by Whitey, and by Whitey and Stevie Flemmi
Of the eight murders committed between 1981 to 1985, Martorano did two; Flemmi did two; Whitey did three, and Nee did one. In two of Whitey’s he was with Nee and once with Flemmi.
In fine, Martorano committed ten murders; Whitey committed seven; Flemmi four; Winter three; Nee three; King and McDonald one. They add up to more than nineteen because in some there were more than one person actively involved in the murder. Keep in mind though that the seven attributed to Whitey are all he is known to have done whereas Martorano has admitted to another ten. The federals used a guy who committed more than 20 murders to get a guy who did seven.
My analysis that will follow over the next couple of days will explain how I reached the conclusions which I have.
In setting the matter out in this manner it shows that Whitey’s murders took place under limited time periods. He murdered with his own hands two individuals, Eddie Connors and Buddy Leonard in 1975 and was with Tommy King when he killed Paulie McGonagle in 1974.
In 1982 and 1983 he murdered Brian Halloran along with Michael Donohue and Bucky Barrett. He was present at others but was not the main participant or the one with the motive. With a fair amount of confidence it is clear he murdered five men.
Before going on I’d like to return to John Connolly. I’ve noted previously that up until 1981 he had no reason to believe Whitey had murdered anyone although he did have reason to believe Flemmi had been involved in some murders since he would have known about his murder and explosives charge. Up until the Wheeler murder which occurred in Oklahoma we have seen Whitey was not said to have been involved in any murders for four and a half years. It would be highly unusual for him to have suspected that when the Wheeler case happened in Tulsa that Whitey, who had been clean for that period of time, or even longer, may have been involved.
Suggesting that he somehow should have known or that he knew of Whitey’s involvement in any of the subsequent seven murders that were attributed to Whitey from 1981 to 1985 is to attribute to him some sort of super powers of discernment; something that not even the FBI’s semi-god J. Edgar Hoover possessed. Wheeler and Callahan were murdered out-of-state; the bodies of Davis, Barrett, McIntyre, and Hussey were buried and were thought to be missing persons; and though Halloran and Donohue were murdered in broad daylight, Halloran identified another man as his murderer just before he died.