I suppose you must figure it is around that amount from the publicity that surrounded him. We all read how he terrorized the City of Boston and environs for 25 years. We read about it even though we were residents in those areas and were not terrorized ourselves but surely most of the people were and we just did not realize it. The question that must be answered is whether you can be terrorized without knowing it.
I should mention the form of the title to this post is taken from an advertisement that used to be played on Boston’s radio stations although the words are changed When asking the question about Whitey it is necessary that it be done by using the tune of that ad by Adams and Swett Carpet Company.
The advertisement asked: “How many cookies did Andrew eat? Andrew ate eight thousand.” That was the telephone number of the company doing the advertisement , AN8-8000. AN was the abbreviation for Andrew. My first home telephone number was Geneva 6-5173 or GE6-5173.
Back to the ditty about Whitey’s murders. How close do you believe he came to a thousand? If not to that amount, was it over 100? What about 20 that the prosecutors believe he did? Perhaps it was only 11 as the jury in Whitey’s case found.
What if I told you it is entirely possible that Whitey murdered no more than five people. That’s impossible you may think. But when you look at who did the murders and the motives behind the murders the numbers dwindle substantially.
You may say he obviously murdered Eddie Connors. Didn’t he in a monitored telephone while in Plymouth jail when talking with a nephews or niece about Eddie Connors make the rat-a-rat sound of a machine gun indicating his use of one to kill Eddie? He did. No question about it.
But Connors was not killed by a machine gun. His killers used shot guns. That’s a huge difference. It indicates he may not have been there and taking credit for a story told by one of the shooters. What would have been Whitey’s motive in murdering Eddie Connors? He did not even know the guy. He had none.
As I see what has happened Whitey he liked the idea of being seen as the guy who did terrorize the city for two and a half decades. He believed the publicly about himself. He liked the idea he was portrayed as the ichiban criminal of all time. He could not understand that his status was ginned up not because of what he did but because people wanted to get something on his brother.
The more they inflated Whitey’s prowess the easier they could say Whitey was so huge that it was impossible for his brother not to know his ongoing criminal behavior. If Whitey was a local hoodlum involved mostly in strong arming bookies and extorting a guy here and there, then you would be hard pressed to suggest his brother knew anything about his criminal activities. In fact his brother when confronted with the questions about Whitey’s alleged crime refused to believe them.
It was a strange situation. Whitey basking in the false assertions relative to his crimes at the same time his brother was trying to defend him. Whitey did his best to play into the false narrative which brought unfair ignominy on his brother who stuck by his side.
Whitey was like Trump is: a total narcissist. Neither cared who they hurt; they only care for themselves. Trump held an inside rally the other day. Ask if he had a concern about Covid-19 because the attendees wore no masks and didn’t social distance, he answered that he was on the stage and far away from those folk so he didn’t worry. He endangers them while keeping himself safe.
So did Whitey endanger his brother while keeping himself safe. Neither Trump nor Whitey cared for others.