You all know Steve Flemmi. He is the worst person who ever walked the streets of Boston. Truly, he is even worse than even John Martorano by many degrees. He murdered his girlfriend of many years because she tired of him; he murdered the daughter who called him Dad after she fell apart because he molested her as a child. He cavalierly suggested he many have murdered up to fifty people.
One of the most shocking things I heard about 84-year-old Flemmi was what he said during the trial a month or so ago where he was put on the stand to testify against his one time best friend, Frank Salemme. According to a report Salemme’s lawyer “pushed him. He leaned into the microphone and slowly asked him, “You’re hoping to leave prison before you die?” “Where there’s life, there’s hope,” Flemmi finally said. “Anything can happen in this world.”
Yes, that is shocking. How can a man who admits to murdering up to fifty people think he can get our of prison? Has he been promised some unconscionable deal by the man who has had him as his star witness, Fred Wyshak? Has Wyshak befriended Flemmi? Is there a judge on this good earth who will reduce his sentence so that he can get out?
With all due respect to Pope Francis who said “that capital punishment can never be sanctioned because it constitutes an “attack” on the dignity of human beings” I suggest a person like Flemmi has no dignity. The dignity of human beings is attacked by keeping such a monster as him alive; isn’t society supposed to be able to act in self-defense? Isn’t the response to a fiend like Flemmi as one would respond to an attacker in a just war? Where do we honor the dignity of man if a man such as Flemmi is let back on the street?
It is in this light, the knowledge that Flemmi is consummate evil, that one must find Connolly’s relationship to him incomprehensible. I’m not talking when he was an FBI agent and protected him in the Top Echelon Informant Program, but after he left the job when he had no need to have anything to do with him.
Wouldn’t you expect that Connolly as an FBI agent retiring after 22 years on the job would have an indication of the type of person Flemmi was? Connolly at one point said the FBI made him work with murderers. Did he believe Flemmi was one of those people?
In January 1995 Flemmi was arrested on charges of racketeering. He was sent to the Plymouth County Jail to await trial on the charges. Connolly at the time had a nice easy job with a Boston utility company, Boston Edison, as the head of its security department. He’d been gone from the FBI for four to five years. While an agent his job was to interact with Flemmi; once he left he was no longer required to keep the company of murderers. What does it tell us about him that he did? Weeks said he also stayer in contact with Whitey after he left but that is for another time.
There is no doubt that he did. We learned that from Kevin Weeks who became his Pony Express rider from Boston to Plymouth and back carrying messages; we learned it from an FBI Investigation afterward that showed he was in contact with Flemmi’s lawyer; we learned it from Kevin Weeks’s brother a legitimate guy who took messages from Connolly; we learned it from Connolly’s secretary at the utility who took messages from Kevin Weeks who called himself Chico. Connolly had joined forces with the most despicable of men Steve Flemmi to undermine the case against him and other gangsters. Why?