If the reports are right, former retired FBI Agent John Connolly is to be released from a Florida prison because of concerns over his health. I would like to say that justice has come about in the treatment of him but it is difficult to do since he never should have been there in the first place. The old axioms come into play: “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied” and “Better Late Than Ever.” Connolly’s first attempt for parole had not been scheduled until his 99th year. So he is not really achieving justice but he is, much too late, seeing the street.
His release will not bring joy to all. There are some who have worked hard to prevent it. One guy named Howie in a column compared Connolly’s medical condition with Sal Dimasi’s who also got out on a medical release. His beef is that DiMasi is still alive and working. He obviously hopes that Connolly does not have that opportunity. That, of course, is a vile way to look at things which is his usual way. Sadly he uses hate to appeal to a surprising number of folk who seem to thrive on it.
Another person who will not be happy with the news is Ahab, also known as AUSA Fred Wyshak, who I’m told has retired. Ahab used Connolly in his chase after Moby Dick which he never quite could land. He too must be ill disposed to the news since he had no troubled seeing Connolly spend forever in prison. Then, of course, the Boston Globe writers who relentless pursuit of Moby Dick managed also to make Connolly into something that he was not.
Connolly was convicted in a Florida court of being involved in the murder of John Callahan in Florida, based on the testimony of two persons, maybe three, but two were the ones who provided the most incriminating evidence. One, John Martorano, who admitted murdering 20 people, all unarmed, including John Callahan. He never met Connolly or spoke to him. He had a deal with Ahab and his helpers to do only 12 years in prison. He, of course, to get that deal would climb on whatever boat he was told to climb into. The situation boiled down to the murderer testifying a guy he never met was involved in the murder. Ah, Justice!
The other main witness against him was likewise coddled by Ahab who managed to keep him out of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and keep his ill begotten assets. He was Steve Flemmi who probably murdered at least a dozen although he would admit to many more. Flemmi was the guy who murdered his girlfriend because she was leaving him and murdered his step-daughter who he had sexually abused as soon as she became a teenager because she had turned into a drug addict and a loose woman ready to tell all. He said that Whitey Bulger made him do it – Ahab liked that twist – but it was all nonsense since who tells another guy to kill his girlfriend and step daughter and the other guy does it. By the way, Flemmi was more feared that Bulger according to trial witnesses.
Martorano said Callahan paid him $50,000 to murder Roger Wheeler. That he did. He then said Flemmi told him to kill Callahan (notice how none of them take reponsibility) because Connolly told them he would not stand up. In other words, Callahan would fold and tell how Martorano murdered Wheeler. He could not implicate Connolly so how Connolly got dragged in was a mystery unless you knew the good deals Ahab was giving these guys and he was using Connolly as a stepping stone to get Moby Dick.
Connolly’s dilemma was that he was not going to lie in order to help Ahab. He knew Moby Dick well. He knew he was a man of high integrity. So he suffered the fate of those unwilling to lie when guys in positions like Ahab want you to do it. Which, believe me, is not uncommon.
There are other injustices. Connolly was convicted of murder by gun in Florida. The gun was not the one that Martorano used to murder Callahan but rather the one he wore as an FBI agent a month earlier in Massachusetts. The incomprehensible decision of the Florida Appeals court on that issue would have sustained the same charge if Callahan had been strangled or poisoned.
Then there is the widow of Callahan going around claiming she is a victim who is called upon by the media to complain about Connolly. I never understood how she became a victim when it was Callahan who hired Martorano to do the hit on Wheeler. Her husband was a co-conspirator.
In sum, it is good that Connolly is being released so that he can spend whatever time he has left with his family. May he enjoy better health and some of the pleasures of freedom.