Falling Asleep Listening To Murderman Talk About Murders

John fatmanThe most exciting thing about the day was seeing John Martorano come in. I wanted to see how he looked and how he would dress so I went to the courtroom where the trial was being held. You may recall I told how the last time he had a bishop’s belly; when I first saw him walk by me to the witness stand I could only think that the belly grew; he is as I tweeted as round as he is tall.  But, he’s not all that tall, only about 5’5″ or so.

But this roly poly murderer to give him credit dressed to the nines — with a nice cut suit that wrapped neatly around his wide girth under which he wore a blue shirt and had a blue silk handkerchief peeking out of the small breast pocket. I had to pay particular attention to his shoes. They were black loafers with tassels, like these but black.

He still has a full head of dark hair nicely kempt; he fit snugly into the witness chair, and he’d put on his dark rimmed glasses over his tanned face to testify.  For much of the time his answers were mumbled out in a boring, monotone voice of a man bereft of emotion. I felt like I was in a class on a hot summer day listening to the philosophy teacher read his note to us on epistemology.  The man is so hardened that he talks about murdering people, all of which he pretty much justifies, in the same manner a guy working on an assembly line talks about the daily drudgery of his work.

To make matters worse, I’d have thought that they’d have been some sort of exchange between these two former best friends but Whitey keeps his face straight ahead as if he has no idea there is someone ten feet to his right giving evidence that will bury him. The courtroom is set up so that the witness sits at the right side of the courtroom half way between the front and back; opposite him on the other side of the courtroom is the jury to which he is supposed to be speaking; in front of him is counsel table at which sits the five lawyers and Whitey.  Whitey is between his two lawyers Jay Carney, who sits immediately adjacent to the witness stand, and Hank Brennan. All Martorano testifies to is the side of Whitey’s head.

On Whitey’s left, his lawyer Hank Brennan has at least turned and is looking at Martorano testify. But Whitey stares straight ahead. Is he embarrassed that he was discovered to be an informant? Is he afraid to look at the guy telling of these stories that implicate him in murder. I don’t get it. Why he won’t look at him; it makes no sense to me. His body language suggests there is no fight left in him. I was looking forward to some type of confrontation — you know like when Terry Molloy testified at the crime commission hearing and Johnny Friendly told him never come back on the docks — even something as minor as Whitey giving him a dirty look would have been appreciated, but no, Whitey seems to have thrown in the towel.

Freddy Wyshak is leading Martorano through his testimony. We learned he is 72, born in Cambridge, graduated from high school, is divorced, had 5 kids, the last he named James Steven – after his two best friends Whitey and Stevie Flemmi – and is unemployed but living off social security.

Wyshak goes through the routine of him promising to tell us the whole truth and Martorano saying if he doesn’t he’d go to prison for the rest of his life which Martorano knows there is no danger of doing that for the prosecutor would never undermine his case against Whitey by prosecuting him.

We hear how he could have gotten 12 1/2 to 15 under his plea deal and he got 14 even though he went to prison in 1995 and got out in 2007 which totals 12. This heartless man told us when he learned Whitey and Stevie were informants it broke his heart. It made him so upset he decided to become an informant himself.

He tells us how the government took his money but it really didn’t because it turned it over to his ex-wife for some money he kept from her on selling their house; Wyshak suggested it was for back child support and he said that was not the reason since he did not owe for child support.

Martorano during this first part is saying no more than “correct” or “exactly.”  So where’s he getting his money that has him dressing so fine — someone paid him $250,000 for his life story which will be made into a movie from which he will get more if it makes money. Who said crime doesn’t pay? I would think his victims’ families would be all over that money; or is it that only the government has to pay when these people are killed and the murderers can keep their assets. What kind of people pay murderers money?

Another source of his money is from the book he wrote with Howie Carr who agreed to split the proceeds 50/50 with him. He got $55,000 up front and gets a 50% cut of the royalties, $20,000 so far, at least that’s what I think he mumbled. Mr. Carr filled the gap and became the partner of Martorano after his other partners Whitey and Stevie broke up their prior arrangement.

I’ve got to run. Will write more later. Speaking of Carr, I’m waiting for the trial to begin and Howie walks into court up to the bar and calls to Carney. Carney gets up and has a nice friendly chat with him. Howie walks away with a big smile on his face. It’s good for Carney that Whitey keeps staring ahead. I’m not sure he’d like to have seen that.

13 thoughts on “Falling Asleep Listening To Murderman Talk About Murders

  1. Hello Matt …. Do you know if John Connolly will be a witness at Bulger’s trial?

    1. Maureen:

      He has as much chance as you have. He doesn’t help either side. Wyshak hates him; Whitey is betraying him.

  2. In fact, it would not even be a reflection of a stereotypical gangster. This was being cute for the sake of being cute, and just goes to show the tragedy that people, many of whom actually get their news from such a source, are never going to appreciate the real travesties of this Whitey sage, like Connolly getting 40 years for NEVER PULLING A TRIGGER!

    NEVER PULLED A TRIGGER! I don’t know why that’s hitting me right now. It’s hit me before. I guess just with Murderman up there on the stand, it hits me again.


    1. Jon:

      It’s even worse than you think. Listening to Martorano testify about how he felt bad after every murder but at the same time jusifying every one of them is a little strange because I feel the man never felt bad about killing anyone his statements of regret are just more lies.

  3. I completely agree. It could have been written about any stereotypical gangster and was so far removed the facts and realities of this case.

    Good comedy is insightful. This was just crap.

    1. Jon:
      The Onion is losing its sting. That article was hardly worth reading never mind spending time writing. It sort of shows there’s little funny about what is going on in the courtroom.

  4. I was just walking home and thinking to myself the remarkable fact that Connolly, who NEVER pulled a trigger in the murders for which he was charged (right?), gets 40 years, and Martorano gets 12 years for 20 murders. That is just a jaw-dropping stunning thing to realize. Holy travesty Batman…

    1. Jon:

      Add to that Howie Winter implicated in at least five murders never charged and Pat Nee implicated in several also never charged. If people only knew.

  5. Who has Gucci implicated in his murders? Winter? Nee? His brother? Steve the Greek? Kelley? 2. Hasn’t WB been instructed to not look at the witnesses and have no reaction to their testimony by his lawyers? That seems prudent advice. 3. Any laughing policemen in Court? Or don’t the Staties and DEA think he’s very funny now. How has the jury responded?

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      1. Winter and Nee
      2. I don’t know — if that’s the case it’s not playing well – he looks like he’s been doped up as the witnesses drop dirt on him. It sort of strange – you’re used to having defendant’s at least look straight at the witnesses – but here you have to turn your head and Whitey had yet to do it — plus what has Whitey got to lose – they going to lock him up? he’s got as much chance as one of those jelly fish you put on the walls at Savin Hill beach on a hot sunny summer day.
      3. Glad you mentioned that. No the clown act is gone. I think after Freddy Wyshak unloaded on Martorano for writing that book he was told that one wise crack or anything out of order then he was going to move heaven and earth to come after him. There’s no way Wyshak could have been happy with the books – plus I didn’t see too many of his handlers lurking around so his court of cheerleaders isn’t around. No one thinks he’s funny any more which is an improvement and Wyshak least of all.
      4. Can’t read the jury – they’re all new but they’re certainly not intimidated by roly poly – he isn’t a threatening figure at all as he waddles into court. He won’t be with us too long with that weight. Be lucky if he makes it through the week — wouldn’t if he had a heart.

  6. Hey Matt wondering if you ever had any direct dealings with Carr? It strikes me a bit weird he seems to walk freely around these characters with that ”you can’t touch me antagonist demeanor”. Has he ever had to pay physically or financially for his reckless slanderous attacks on people? I also don’t mean that fantasy tale of Kevin Weeks laying in a graveyard with Howie in his sights ready to take his melon off. Carr loves to tell that one.

    1. Doubtin:
      No direct dealings. Don’t want any. I see him waddling around the court like some sort of court jester always smiling and having other members of the press cuddling up to him. You describe his bearing very well. It’s a strange world we live in. Howie’s never paid a penny since he picks on public figures who have great difficulty defending themselves under the law. I sort of cringed when I heard he was splitting 50/50 with a murderer. How can he hold his head up?

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