I finally published my book about the Trial of Whitey Bulger’s handler on Amazon called “Don’t Embarrass The Family”. It costs $20.00 for the hard copy and $7.50 for the Kindle edition. I had no idea it would cost that much for the hard copy but I guess Amazon wants to get its pint of blood for doing all the publishing work. I can’t blame them because they made it easy for me on Createspace, which will do all the printing, etc.
I wrote the book almost ten years ago. It consisted of two parts: the trial itself which flows nicely because the testimony of each witness was similar on direct and cross-examination so it was easy to combine the testimony into a smooth whole. I also offer comment to make the evidence more understandable, or at least to indicate how I understood it. I also tell of the atmosphere in the court and the conversations I had with John Connolly and others.
The other part was the appendix where I spell out a lot of my thoughts about what was happening at the time that I knew about in areas that came up in the trial. This includes my take on Lancaster Street, Billy Bulger, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Myles Connor, the FBI, and John Connolly.
I sat on the book going back to it from time to time never really being comfortable with what I had written. I needed time to think about things and to talk to people. I needed to read other books and watch other things happen that impacted some of the people. Even then I sat on it.
When Whitey was arrested in the summer of 2011, I was disappointed with all the news that came out. It seemed that few people remembered what really occurred. That prompted me to go back at the book again. I left the first section alone for the most part. I dealt mostly with the appendix until I finally felt comfortable about what I had written.
It is a book that may appeal to the small audience of those who really want to understand the issues. They will have the opportunity to read the testimony of all the major witnesses who will testify against Whitey, except Steven Flemmi, his partner, who had not turned state’s evidence when John Connolly was put to trial in 2002. They will understand the testimony in the light of the ongoing happenings at the time and in light of events that predated the trial. Those who take the time to read it will understand as much, if not more, than any other person who is interested in the trial of Whitey Bulger outside of the legal teams.
There are many people who support John Connolly who don’t have an idea what evidence the government used against him. There are many people, law students too, who could benefit from seeing how the evidence unfolded from the opening statements of counsel to their final argument. They can decide whether they would return the same jury verdict as the jury in the courtroom. They can see how the events in the courtroom were reported in the media and how even when wrong become the gospel truth.
A reader will understand why the so-called corrupt FBI agent John Connolly was acquitted on all counts that involved any violence; will get a sense why the jury disbelieved most of the gangster evidence; and will see that except for one instance, Connolly was convicted of foolish things he did after he retired from the FBI under the misguided notion that he still owed some allegiance to Steven Flemmi, who, as all gangsters do, turned against him when he couldn’t extract himself from the charges that were pending against him.
There’s much more but what is best about it is the reader is provided with the facts and is let free to make his or her own determination. I’m not sure who’ll agree with me. I have three brothers who I’ll never convince. Whether you agree with me or not, the purpose in writing the book is so that those with a real interest in the upcoming trial of Whitey Bulger will be able to set aside the chaff and concentrate on what is important not only with respect to Whitey but with our whole system of justice including the operations of the FBI.
The books provides the opening and closing statements and the testimony of the witnesses as it occurred without change. I add my two cents where I see it appropriate but let the witnesses and lawyers speak for themselves. The more we are aware of what is going on in the corridors of power, the better we will be able to speak out against the natural tendencies of the government to infringe on our rights. The Bill of Rights was added to our Constitution by our forefathers who knew of the tendencies of those in power to accrete more power.
John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902), more familiarly known as Lord Acton reminds us: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
If you read Don’t Embarrass The Family, I hope you enjoy it and come away with a better understanding of the matters surrounding Whitey Bulger and a desire to remain alert to the ongoing encroachments on our liberties..