Gangster Thursday: The Mob That Was Imaginary: Whitey Bulger’s

Every time I think of the book Whitey, The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss” I marvel at how some local Boston media folk could turn a mid-level gangster who murdered probably less than a dozen people, and none by himself, and who never ordered anyone to be killed,  and turn him into a “Mob Boss.” It was not only Gerard O’Neill and Dick Leher acting as if it were true, it was the whole mob of reporters in the Boston area and beyond.

Not only do they make him “America’s Most Notorious,” these self-styled experts on James “Whitey” Bulger, O’Neill and Lehr,,- ready – are you sitting down — state this: “In the annals of crime in the United States, Whitey Bulger today stands at the front of a line that include John Dillinger, Al Capone, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, and more recently, John Gotti. His list of victims matches or exceeds that of any other crime boss . . . .”

I know I have mentioned this before, but their comment is so outrageous and belied by the facts that it has to go along with one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetuated on the public. First, consider this: “who was Whitey’s mob?” Yes, Steve Flemmi and tough guy Kevin Weeks who came in later in his career around 1978 or 1979, after Howie Winter went to prison. Both men were capable of murdering people.

Flemmi, though, had been in the murdering business since the mid-Sixties while Whitey started in the early to mid -1970s.  Step back a second and ask yourself was Whitey the boss of Steve Flemmi? They were partners but for anyone to think Flemmi took orders from Whitey they just have not paid attention. In fact, Flemmi to Whitey’s chagrin pretty much walked away from Whitey when Frank Salemme got out of prison. He went into business with him.

According to Jimmy Katz, a guy I arrested and convicted twice, the bookie who was forced to testify at Whitey’s trial under threat that if he did not come clean and testify his wife and children would be evicted from their house and he would go away for a zillion years for practicing his chose occupation, bookmaking, the guy they feared was Steven Flemmi.

When Whitey joined Winter Hill in the late spring of 1972 did he become boss of Winter Hill? Far from it, Howie Winter was the boss until he went to prison in 1978 for extortion. I heard from my cousin Roger, who was at a wedding in Southie, that Winter, Whitey, Brian Halloran and others were also there. When the guests were being seated Whitey tried to sit next to Winter. He was told no by Winter who pointed to another chair. He wanted Halloran to sit there.

Their gang, mob is you prefer, consisted of those three. They forced people to pay tribute to them. They had no one who they could direct to do anything for them along the line of killing others, which is the mark of a mob boss.

Oh, yes, John Martorano. He was supposed to be part. But he was hiding out in Florida for 16 years depending on his buddy Joe Yerardi, another guy I arrested and convicted, who was running his operation to send him money. He did it through George Kaufman.

Martorano said Whitey and Flemmi sent him some money but he complained he never got what was due him. Weeks never mentioned sending him money when he explained how they divided it up. The only people Martorano murdered when he was part of the Whitey/Flemmi mob were Roger Wheeler and John Callahan. These were murders really done at his behest and for his own benefit and not directed by the others.

Truth be told there was no mob: there were three guys who intimidated others because they were known to murder people and a hang around guy. Hardly a mob. Tomorrow I’ll look at what a mob boss really is and look at that line at  which Whitey stands at the head.


18 replies on “Gangster Thursday: The Mob That Was Imaginary: Whitey Bulger’s”

  1. Stay safe…..

    Saturday, September 5, 2020
    Peter Breggin has supplied extensive legal documents on the challenge to Ohio’s restrictive measures on Covid
    Peter Breggin and his wife Ginger have amassed a library of materials on many aspects of Covid. They were among the first to notice the questionable origin of the virus, and collected academic papers showing how aspects of the current Coronavirus had been created in labs around the world, often with funding from the US government, but also funded by the EU, Australia, China and others.

    Last week he and a group of lawyers filed a huge brief in Ohio on the HCQ restrictions, and challenged a series of other emergency measures applied in Ohio. Below is this collection.

  2. Canoodling with the Connollys…..

    This is how hard it is to identify a Seattle cop

    SEP 04, 2020 at 8:09

    Indicted WBPD cop was under investigation for other issues, former chief once wanted him fired
    By Benjamin Schachtman –
    September 4, 2020

    Cop admits stealing from police union where he served as treasurer, prosecutor says
    Updated Sep 04, 2020; Posted Sep 04, 2020

    N.H. legislator allegedly told people to ‘loot and burn’ houses with Black Lives Matter signs

    SEP 04, 2020 AT 5:55 PM

  3. Matt

    Part of the focus of our work in organizing
    13 annual conferences investigating crimes committed
    by FBI agents was to see if FBI agents were collaborating
    with the CIA and local police to bring heroin and cocaine
    onto our streets to destabilize our communities,fund law
    enforcement and prop up Wall Street by laundering the
    drug money through buying stocks.

    Did you ever look at Flemimi , Anguelo,Patriaca and Bulger
    In that light?

    See you at the confessional at Gate of Heaven Church in

    From a never writer to an ever reader, Newes…..

    The Betrayal of Michael Levine

    Also see

    I Volunteer to Kidnap Oliver North
    by Michael Levine
    Undercover DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena

    Why not…..

    Narco-Dollars for Beginners
    “How the Money Works” in the Illicit Drug Trade
    by Catherine Austin Fitts
    Special to the Narco News Bulletin

    Enemy Of The State – The Catherine Fitts Story (1)

    1. The Kiki Camarena story is a terribly sad one. I heard about it down here from a retired DEA and could not believe it. Then it was solidified. When people call into North’s radio show almost all of them would start by saying, “First of all I would like to thank you, Colonel, for your service to our country.” Really want to puke when I hear that. Piece of garbage.

  4. Stay safe….

    Thursday, September 3, 2020
    Roughly 500,000 Americans, who were not previous users, got HCQ scripts in March and April–at the time 1 M cases were diagnosed
    The CDC has just released information, in its MMWR Weekly Report, on the prescribing of hydroxychloroquine in March and April in the US.

    Approximately 500,000 prescriptions dispensed by retail pharmacies were “new,” or dispensed to persons who had not received a previous prescription of the medication in the prior 12 months. These are presumed to have been in response to Covid-19.

    By April 30, there were 1,075,000 confirmed or probable Covid cases in the US.

    CDC’s report has not examined how many of those receiving HCQ also tested positive for Covid.

    Nonetheless, it appears that a considerable number of Americans and their physicians saw value in using the drug to prevent or treat Covid, especially compared to the number of total known cases. Where are their voices now? Did the medication help? Hurt?

    The rest of the country is dying to know.

    Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 10:26 PM 0 comments
    Hydroxychloroquine: the EVIDENCE you have nothing to worry about. Doctors must speak up!
    For those who are worried about the “harms” caused by hydroxychloroquine—have you taken it? Prescribed it for a family member with Covid? Prescribed it for probably 200+ patients over 2 decades? Studied the literature? Well, I have done all of these.

    Here are 3 recent studies discounting the drug’s cardiac toxicity:

  5. Matt
    Another FBI informant in the news

    TEI who knew?

    CAQ-47 (1993-94:4) – CovertAction Magazine

    The COINTELPRO Papers
    Documents from the FBI’s Secret Wars Against Domestic Dissent

    The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo 1st Edition
    by Gary May (Author)

    Roz Payne

  6. Gerry O’Neill was hoping that William Bulger would be his ticket for the Pulitzer.
    That he had to settle for a horrible book and an even worse movie is some small
    satisfaction for the almost decade vendetta O’Neill waged in an effort to destroy
    a decent man and public servant.His palpable hatred for Senator Bulger was always
    mystifying.Oneill has passed on.Thankfully the President remains with us and will
    not be headed in the same direction as the failed Pulitzer wannabe

  7. Matt

    It might be useful if you periodically published
    a annotated bibliography here with suggested videos
    and links .
    Having a flow chart of the DOJ Crime Family and
    the Boston Bulger Crime Family including victims
    would be instructive .
    You can also create one for the New York Devecchio Crime
    Family, the New Orleans Carlos Marcello DOJ Crime Family.

    It would be useful to compare Covid 19 morbidity rates
    with DOJ Crime Family morbidity rates.

    No could you drop your pants and cough for me….

    Video: Police put hood on Black man killed by asphyxiation

    SEP 02, 2020 AT 7:50 PM

  8. Why is John Durham made out to be some DOJ savant?

    Maybe I am ignorant of East Coast history, but if taking down one FBI agent on the word of several violent criminal mobsters is your claim to fame, that seems thin.

    Don’t get me wrong, seems like a great family man and a solid attorney.

    But does he really have the drive (at over 70), chops, and ability to take down several dozen DOJ & FBI Swamp creatures? Let alone Comey & Brennan, in DC?

  9. Thanks for your latest article Matt.

    1. Do you think that Flemmi and Bulger told Connolly and Morris that we weren’t involved in the race fixing scam very much and that the scam was all the idea of Ciulla, Martorano’s and Howie Winter?

    2. Do you believe it was wrong of Connolly to give the names of informants such as Mercurio and the Saint to Kevin Weeks and by extension Flemmi and Salemme during the time that they were in prison trying to get their cases dismissed?

    3. Do you think that Deluca learned from Salemme and Flemmi that the best way to survive is to cooperate with law enforcement?

    4. Do you believe that Buddy Mclean and Wimpy Bennett had been informants and it was Bennett who assisted in recruiting Flemmi into the top echelon program?

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