Agent Gerald Montinari has been telling about his interactions with Brian Halloran who seemed to have been giving him the run around. He didn’t want a lie detector test, he was waffling on going into the witness protection program, and he had told his lawyer he was working with the FBI. Basically he was proving difficult to handle and the day he was killed the FBI agents were trying to have him, as Montinari said, get with the program. They threatened to close him out but couldn’t as long as he kept living in a house it had rented for him down on the Cape.
Halloran came to them in early January 1982 and told them all sorts of wild stories. These were written down in an FBI informant report and much of it came in as evidence. It boiled down to his involvement with John Callahan and a very strange meeting where Callahan called Halloran over to his place on Commercial Wharf.
Halloran said when he got there Whitey and Stevie, the guys who take extraordinary measures to protect themselves, decided to open themselves to exposure by asking Halloran to do a murder for them. These guys who usually handled murders by themselves were supposedly going to hook him up with Murderman to do this murder. It sort of beggars belief but if you were Halloran and had been charged with a murder that had just happened on October 13, 1981 you’d know the better the story the better the deal.
Among other tidbits offered were that Callahan told Halloran that FBI Agent Paul Rico worked for him making $65,000 a year and he could get him to do anything for him; also that he knew that FBI agent John Connolly met with Whitey and Benji once a week.
Wyshak had difficulty getting Halloran’s hearsay information into evidence. Montinari seemed to show he hadn’t been as well prepared to testify as other witnesses or he had no particular love for Wyshak and was giving him a hard time. Couldn’t really tell though.
He was still on the stand when the day ended. Tomorrow’s cross-examination of him should be interesting. His evidence on any of these things is far from crucial. I’m thinking that if he’s handled right on cross-examination he could come up as a big negative for the prosecutors.
I’ve written how most of the morning was taken up by the medical examiner, which only brought back to mind all the murders. Then we heard from the young girl who was almost 16 when Murderman 20 years her elder took up with her. She told of the good life she led in Florida and trips to Hawaii living off the cash that her boy friend made as a bookie.
As expected, not much happened. If the jury is not convinced Whitey killed most of those 19 persons by now, they never will be. I don’t know why the prosecutors keep trying to prove them over and over again as they are doing through Montinari. Although listening to some of Montinari’s testimony it appeared as if Wyshak thought he was trying a case against FBI agents Rico and Connolly.
As I see the case, Whitey is not going to deny he did the murders, other than the young women. He’s going to say that Jeremiah O’Sullivan made him do them or something like that.
I have to keep in mind that Carney and Brennan really have no tools with which to work. They’ve got a client with a huge ego problem. I know they are doing their best but sometimes ones best is just not enough. I guess I’d say Whitey didn’t get hurt too much today but when you’ve been battered and bruised and pretty much beaten to a pulp not much more can be done.