Facts are facts people say. It is from these facts that people make conclusions. How then is it that from the same facts people come to opposite conclusions? That happens every day in jury settings where twelve or six people sit together and listen to facts, then discuss them, and disagree about what they add up to.
That’s something we are used to expecting. Something that we do not expect that is quite strange is when people disagree on the meaning of the facts but then come to the same conclusion. A good example of that happened the other day when a Boston Bigot Herald columnist Howard Carr wrote: “Think about Zip Connolly — “decorated” FBI agent now doing life in a Florida prison for a gangland hit in Florida. Or H. Paul Rico, another G -man who died in a prison hospital in Oklahoma after being arrested for yet another organized crime rubout in Oklahoma. And this is just the Boston office, where gangster Stevie Flemmi told the DEA that he and Whitey Bulger were bribing six — six! — agents.”
Carr’s conveniently leaves out that the victims were murdered by a guy he befriended who committed twenty plus murders and with whose bloody hands shared the profits of a book. His purpose was to say look at these two agents who were corrupt. It is an example of why the FBI should be abolished.
Now on the other hand there are those who point to these same agents, Connolly and Rico, and say, unlike Carr, that they were not corrupt at all despite being charged with crimes. Connolly was convicted but Rico died before his trial. They then argue because they weren’t corrupt and that they were prosecuted the FBI in allowing that to happen is corrupt and should be abolished.
This is an example of damned if you do and damned if you don’t do. Whether Connolly and Rico were corrupt or not either side uses its belief that it a reason why the FBI should be abolished.
Then you have the situation brought up by Carr of the other six agents who Flemmi said were on the take, that is being bribed. I wouldn’t believe anything Flemmi said since he is totally evil, known to perjure himself, and was self-schooled by himself and his fellow felons into agreeing with what he thought the prosecutors wanted.
However Kevin Weeks did mention four FBI agents who received gifts from Whitey Bulger at Christmas- Connolly, Morris, the Pipe (Jim Ring), and Agent Orange (John Newton). The latter two received some type of clock or similar gift which hardly amounted to a bribe. To be bribed mean you have to do something or promise to do something on account of the gift. It was never shown that these agents did anything even had they received those gifts.
As for Morris he testified he received less than twenty thousand dollars but said he never did anything for it. Connolly, on the other hand, always denied taking anything. Whitey through his lawyer alleged he gave him a couple of hundred thousand dollars but knowing how there were only two things important to Whitey, money and girls, it is doubtful there’s much truth in that.
What has never been explained to my satisfaction is why either Connolly or Rico would have been involved in any killings. The motives alleged were absurd. John Martorano the man who admitted doing the murders testified to their involvement in order not to suffer the consequences of them. He obviously knew the only way he could escape the full consequences was to give the prosecutors someone better than himself.
He gave him two FBI agents, none of them he ever met. How’s that for luck — never having met the guys but testifying against them through the use of hearsay. He said Connolly wanted the murder so that he would not go to prison if the victim testified even though there was no way the victim’s testimony could have brought that about. He said Rico wanted the victim murdered so he could get a share in a business owned by the victim. He also said that after the murder Rico met at the business with Flemmi which would have been the last thing a skilled former FBI agent would have done.
The curious thing about it is that Martorano’s brother was supposedly in the Mafia and his father was Mafia connected. The two agents most responsible for the Mafia’s downfall in the Greater Boston area were Connolly and Rico. Had they been on the take at the time, then the Mafia would not have gone down because it would have been used to set them up.
There’s an old Mafia saying that revenge is best served cold. It’s even better if it is done by duped prosecutors. But it is best if it is made up of whole cloth. In other words, getting innocent guys jammed in by prosecutors is the best revenge of all. It’s easier believing that than anything that comes out of the mouths of career murderers.