James “Whitey” Bulger has been a money tree for lots of people who find it in their interest to make him into something he really wasn’t. But there’s a good case to make that he only murdered three or four people not the nineteen the federal prosecutions want you to believe because they entered into mind numbing deals with real murderers or the forty people Kevin Weeks wants you to believe because the worse he made Whitey the better the federal prosecutors would treat him when it came to time in prison for the murders he participated in.
It is clear some of the others who testified against Whitey committed more that he did and others, such as Weeks may have done so. I suppose the best way to start this off is to look at the actions of the parties when it came to murdering people. First, according to Weeks who was sort of Whitey’s amanuensis gaining fame by being in Whitey’s shadow when someone was murdered in Whitey’s presence Whitey would get physically ill and have to go and lie down. Meanwhile Weeks and Steve Flemmi set about to mutilate the body by pulling out its teeth. What kind of a murderer is that who gets physically ill at a murder?
The federal prosecutors after giving amazing deals to people who associated with him during his years – Martorano 12 years in prison for 20 murders, Weeks 5 years in prison for 5 murders, Flemmi never going to the Bureau of Prisons for a dozen plus murders – were only able to charge Whitey with 19 murders. The jury found they did not prove seven, one they were undecided on, and the other 11 they convicted him on. So I’ll deal with the eleven that a jury attributed to him.
Two murders are clearly done by Whitey. That was the one where Weeks was the lookout and Whitey and Pat Nee were in the car with the weapons. When Brian Halloran and Michael Donohue left a Waterfront bar Whitey and Nee closed in on them and shot them. Whitey did this because he had a motive which was that he learned from the FBI that Halloran had gone to the FBI and was going to implicate him in the Roger Wheeler killing.
That leaves nine. The Roger Wheeler murder was done by Martorano and Joe MacDonald after John Callahan gave them $50,000 to do it. Callahan then was murdered by these guys so he could not be a witness against them when they learned the FBI from Oklahoma was looking at Callahan. Whitey very well may have had nothing to do with them.
Paul McGonagle was killed by Tommy King, Tommy King was killed by Martorano. He put Whitey there but he did not have to be there. Richard Castucci was killed by Martorano because Howie Winter owed the Mafia lots of money and that would eliminate the debt – again he put Whitey there but it is not clear he was. Debra Hussey was killed by Steve Flemmi because he raped her his step daughter as a little girl, she became addicted to drugs and telling stories about him. He said Whitey made him do it. Whitey had no motive to kill her.
Take away the latter six and that leaves three on Whitey’s plate aside from Halloran and Donohue. These are Arthur “Bucky” Barrett, Eddie Connors, and John McIntyre.
Eddie Connors was shot with two shot guns. Whitey in a talk from jail with his nephew or niece made the rat-a-tat sound several times as if a machine gun was used. Wrong gun and no motive, not likely he did it. John McIntyre was going to make a deal for himself to rat out those who helped him move arms to Ireland. One would have been Pat Nee. He never met or talked with Whitey. Nee brought him to the house where he was murdered which was his brother’s house. He and Weeks were friends. Weeks pinned it on Whitey who had no motive to murder him. That leaves Bucky Barrett. Because of space limitations I’ll leave that on the plate.
Let’s see what’s on the plate: Halloran, Donohue and Barrett. That’s three. Hardly a big toll for a person with a such big reputation. I guess it was really just a Boston Fairy Tale.