In the introduction I say that Thomas Sperrazza once said something to the effect that after you commit your first murder the rest are easy. There are a lot of people around Boston who know that is true. We seem to be the capital of the world where men roam the streets without worry after having murdered several people.
Other states people with one or two murders never see daylight outside prison walls again. A few are executed. Our right-to-life federal Department of Justice leader Bill Barr has reinstituted the death penalty and seems anxious to take the lives of as many folk he can as quickly as he can. Yet it is his special prosecutor John Durham, a life long Republican, like Attorney General Barr, that made deals that allowed murderers to walk the streets of Boston as free as a person who never got a traffic ticket.
Think of it. The following persons who committed many more murders or assisted with them than any of the persons being executed who are roaming the streets of Boston: John Martorano, Kevin Weeks, Howie Winter, Pat Nee, Steve Flemmi (sentenced to life in prison but never in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons and most likely out and about), and for a while Frank Salemme who was used at trial be federal prosecutor Durham while he should have known Salemme was dissembling about his murders. He too was walking the street with those others until he was finally brought to heal. Add to the Sperrazza, courtesy of the Feds, but not Durham’s fault.
I should mention Catherine Greig. She is finally free of the federal clutches. While they let the murderers get out, she, who never even thought of doing something violent never mind committed a violent act, in 2012 pleaded guilty to using false identities to purchase Whitey Bulger medication, food, run errands and paying the couple’s bills. She was sentenced to eight years and fined $150,000. The probation recommendation was 24 months. She did get the 24 months in 2016 added on top of the eight years for refusing to testify against Whitey. John Martorano had a woman who did the same thing for him for the same number of years and she was never prosecuted. Greig received more than all the others except Martorano who got a little over six months for each of his murders.
Thinking of what Sperrazza said I recalled a post about him so I went looking for it. It was back on October 9, 2013, where I said: “If you go there [referring to the federal Bureau of Prison site] you’ll find out his number is 13696-02163 and that he is a 63-year-old white male. He was released on August 4, 2005, at the age of 55.”
He ended up getting out of prison even though he was sentenced to life without parole because he decided to cooperate with the federal prosecutors. He received the life sentence for his cold blooded murder of Ralph Cirvinale a 22-year-old man when he pulled out a gun and tried to murder another man he was having an argument with. Oh, and he also got life sentences for murdering two 18-year-old young women Karen Spinney and Susan Webster who witnessed him murdering Cirvinale.
Aside from that he murdered a Boston police officer. When he was in prison he admitted murdering the person who was with him when he murdered the young women, John Stokes. Five murders, cooperate with the federal prosecutors by naming another person who was involved in the murders with him, who was not convicted of anything Sperrazza implicated him in with his testimony, and avoid staying in prison for life.
How can the federal government do this? How can it execute some people who murdered less folk than Sperrazza while letting Sperrazza out in defiance of his state court mandate? Where is the equal justice?
Someone wrote that Durham had nothing to do with John Connolly doing time in Florida. That case was tried by Fred Wyshak. I was amazed at that comment. Was not it Durham who was behind making the deals with the people who testified against Connolly? Without those Connolly would not be in prison for life.