The problem with coming to Boston with little knowledge of the truth as English did makes him end up writing: “The framing of innocent citizens in a capital-murder case by withholding evidence and suborning perjury – all to protect notorious criminals who were government informants – became the dirty secret of federal law enforcement in New England . . . .”
Ignorance is bliss; it also allows the spreading of scurrilous rumors that ignorant people accept. English would continue, “it is difficult to know how many . . . assistant U.S. attorneys . . . were in on the conspiracy.”
Hardly is that difficult. The answer is none. They had nothing to do with the prosecution of he Deegan case. There is no showing any federal prosecutor knew about the evidence that was being offered in the case. Two agents of the FBI might have known, Paul Rico and Dennis Condon. They might have known that Barboza was giving his friend Jimmy “the Bear” Flemmi a pass and putting Joe Salvati a guy he did not like in his place. As for the rest of five defendants, the had no reason to figure he was lying if in fact he was. The Massachusetts Supreme Court reviewed the evidence and found it sufficient to uphold the conviction of all the defendants.
English quoted the convicted perjurer Robert Fitzpatrick as part of his sources. He seemed oblivious of the background of the tales Fitzpatrick was spinning. English confuses Jeremiah O’Sullivan’s “You got me” in answer to a question about whether he had corroborating evidence against Whitey at the time of the Race Fixing indictment with O’Sullivan’s denial he knew Whitey was an informant. O’Sullivan admitted he knew Whitey was an informant. He was told about it at the time he was preparing the Race Fix case.
Without showing any nexus, English suggests “protecting Bulger and Flemmi became a way of repressing this explosive history:” referring to the Deegan case. How does that make sense when they had no connection to that 1965 case?
English goes on “Whitey and Stevie became the keepers of the Justice Department’s dirty little secret.” How is that possible? If there is a “dirty little secret” they did not know about it.
English’s loose language and not understanding the background of the case or the people involved had him come to Boston to cover the trial with a warped understanding of the background. It shows the truthfulness of Alexander Pope’s statement: “A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.”
English in the book he wrote after Whitey’s trial tells us of his close relationship with Pat Nee, mentioned earlier who didn’t protect his partners from being murdered because he would benefit from their deaths; Kevin Weeks, John Martorano, and Jim Martorano, the former two became stool pigeons against Whitey. Not an unbiased crew. Hardly the people you would go to in order to get the truth or an impartial story.
He adds his thanks to those criminals at the end of his book as well as what he calls his sources:Teresa Stanley (Whitey’s other girlfriend now deceased), Joe Salvati (the one innocent guy in the Deegan case), Anthony Cardinale (a lawyer for the Mafia), Robert Fitzpatrick (the FBI agent convicted of perjury), Thomas Foley (former state trooper who was duped by the FBI), Steve Davis (brother of Stevie Flemmi’s victim), John Connolly and Janet Uhlar (the juror who wrote the book.) He mentions Paul Griffin, Richard Marinick and Marilyn DiSilva none of whom I can finger.
Then English lists a plethora of names as people who helped him “separate fact from fiction” who from what I have seen were not too good at that. Among those are the hoodlums mentioned above as well as Howie Carr. He was in good company.