When I think of John Martorano the man who murdered more Black Americans in Boston in the history of that city than anyone else I cannot help think of the deal that he was given by the federal prosecutors for the twenty murders he admitted doing. The excuse they offered was they would not have known about the murders if John did not tell them about them.
We know that was not correct. There were others who were quite willing to tell the federal prosecutors about some of John’s murders. But the deal with John was much more sinister than what people were led to believe. Talk about a prosecutor being pulled around by the tail. Well this is a prime example of that happening.
John’s deal was that he would not be prosecuted for any of his murders. He had committed most in Massachusetts but also had murdered people in Florida and in Oklahoma. Three states signed off under pressure from the federal prosecutors to let John with his multiple murders avoid prosecution for them.
You think that’s a pretty good deal. You admit to murdering twenty people and you will not have to face the death penalty in two states and the only sentence you will receive will not be for the murders but for racketeering. The federal government had no murder statute under which John could be prosecuted. The amount of time John would do would as agreed on by the prosecutors would be in the lower teens. Keep in mind also, the federal government already had him jammed in on racketeering charges which very likely would have resulted in him doing the same amount of time. In effect one way of looking at it is John did not receive any punishment for his murders.
Then there was the strange benefits that John received. He was allowed to do his time at a cushy open area federal prison. He was also given one thousand dollars for each of the persons he had murdered upon his release. No restrictions were put on him to prevent him from benefiting from his murders. He wrote a book and pushed for a movie deal.
There are at least twenty people murdered by him and the federal government is plying him with gifts. How bad can things get? Ralph DiMasi a hardened criminal forced to testify at the Whitey Bulger trial rightly scoffed at the federal justice system saying: “a guy who murdered twenty people is walking the street and they want to execute a kid who commits one murder.”
If you think that is pretty bad, it gets worse. John in his deal told the federal prosecutors what he would do and they bowed a scraped before him. He said he would not testify against the people who were involved with the murders with him. In other words when he and Howie Winter machined gunned Michael Milanos, Al Plummer and William O’Brien the government not only gave Martorano a pass but also Howie Winter. When he was involved in murders with anyone else they too got a pass. If Pat Nee helped him murder Paulie McGonagle and Tommy King he would not have to testify against him.
Worst of all we saw in the Whitey Bulger case that the prosecutors went out of their way to compensate the victims (even if some were not found to have been victims) of Bulger. They did nothing to compensate the victims of their witness John.
This, of course is not on John. He got a chance at these gifts and gladly took them. He made out well. The federal prosecutors not so much. The rest of us, well you be the judge.