The headlines told us he terrorized the City of Boston for 25 years. Yet almost no one heard of him before he fled in December 1991 outside of a small section of the city called South Boston and some in the criminal element.
He was supposed to be a tough guy but there was no record of him ever going into the ring which was done by lots of tough guys in South Boston.
South Boston was known for sending its tough guys into the Marines. When Whitey’s turn came to enlist he opted for the Air Force. How does that prove one’s mettle?
He was convicted of robbing three banks. He said that he robbed more but there is no record of him having done it. I suppose it takes a certain amount of guts and gall to pull of a robbery, or at least an ability to suppress one’s fears. Whitey did this but he always carried a gun doing it and had others with him.
I should ask whether there is a psychological boost some people get carrying a gun. Does that give a person courage to do things that they otherwise would be afraid of doing. I ask that because all of Whitey’s bravado seemed to come when he was carrying a gun.
Were you aware that Whitey who was supposed to be at the front of the line of desperados, the real hit man, the biggest of all gangsters never killed anyone outside of South Boston or the area within two or three miles of Southie. What type of bold criminal fears going beyond his small locality when it comes to murders. He certainly wasn’t a “have gun will travel” guy.
Did you know that murders made Whitey sick? If his enforcer Kevin Weeks is right, whenever a murder occurred close to Whitey he would have to lie down for a while. Meanwhile his partner, Steve Flemmi, and Weeks, would take the body down to the basement and joyfully mutilate it by pulling the teeth out of the head of the deceased one by one and cutting off the fingers. Whitey recoiled from those types of actions.
Are you aware of all the murders he committed, the federal prosecutors alleged there were twenty but it was closer to half of that, he only did the killing in two or three of them, if that. He may have been present for the murders, he may have lured the victim or brought the victim to the locale where he or she was going to be murdered, but he never fired the gun that brought about the person’s death other than in the two or three times mentioned.
Did you know that Whitey unlike the other murderers never was by himself when it came to killing a person. That he never walked up to someone and shot them in the head as the others in his group had done. He always needed the support and help of others.
Were you aware the Whitey never took over a legitimate business except perhaps a liquor store in South Boston by extortion or threats. Unlike Mafia or other top criminals he stayed away from legitimate enterprises.
Did you know Whitey had no gang of mobsters under him? He had Flemmi his partner, Kevin Weeks and that was about it. Others who he knew like Pat Nee never felt he was their boss.
Were you aware the Whitey only preyed on other criminals and he did it in conjunction with Steve Flemmi who was a real animal?
I assume you know that Whitey was protected by the FBI so he had nothing to fear from legitimate law enforcement.
Add it all up and ask yourself whether or not Whitey was not what he had been built up to be.