Perhaps because I’ve listened to so many intercepted conversations that I like to imagine dialogue between people. I’ve written how all the authors who have discussed these matters have trouble figuring out how Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi both became informants for FBI Agent John Connolly. The authors of Black Mass suggest Whitey became one and he “blended” Stevie in. They set the first meeting between Connolly and Whitey at Wollaston Beach in Quincy where Connolly convinced Whitey to become an informant to give them information on the Mafia. That never happened, but here’s what did.
It began at Old Harbor Village in South Boston during the month of M….. 1975. John Connolly approached the apartment of Mrs. James Bulger, the mother of Whitey. He knocks on the door.
Mrs. Bulger: Yes.
Connolly: Hi Mrs Bulger, is Jimmy in.
Mrs. Bulger: Yes, Come in. (She leaves and Jimmy appears)
Connolly: Jimmy, how are you?
Whitey: (gruffly) What can I do for you?
Connolly: Don’t you remember me?
Whitey: Can’t say I do.
Connolly: When I was eight years old, you bought me an ice cream.
Whitey: Yeah, so what.
Connolly: And then a little later I was in a fight and you saved me.
Whitey: How about saving me some time – what do you want?
Connolly: I think I was six when I first saw you. I’ll never forget how you looked.
Whitey: Do you mind, I’m a little tied up now.
Connolly: Don’t you see, I’m from Old Harbor just like you.
Whitey: Wow! Why didn’t you say that. What can I do for you?
Connolly: I’m with the FBI now and I’m looking to see if you’d like to help me.
Whitey: Anything for an Old Harbor Village guy. You need a contribution?
Connolly: I’m going after the Mafia – you can help.
Whitey: I have nothing to do with those guys – I have my own show here.
Connolly: I’ll protect you from everyone, I’m with the FBI.
Whitey: What do I have to do?
Connolly: Nothing much, just tell me what’s going on with the Mafia.
Whitey: I don’t know nothing about that.
Connolly: If you did would you tell me.
Whitey: Sure, as I said, anything for an Old Harbor guy.
Connolly: Thanks, Wh .. , I mean Jimmy
Later at Marshall Motors on Winter Hill in Somerville. Whitey finds himself alone with Stevie Flemmi.
Whitey: Where’s everyone else?
Stevie: They’ve gone out to have a few.
Whitey: Good thing we’re not like them Stevie.
Stevie: Yeah, they drink and do drugs. We work out.
Whitey: Yeah, they waste their money and we save ours.
Stevie: Gotta appreciate the good things in life.
Whitey: True, women and money, that’s all there is.
Stevie: Absolutely, and not in that order.
Whitey: Ah, Stevie, I was thinking, ah
Stevie: Yeah, what Jimmy
Whitey: Ah, you know, I understand you know the guys in town.
Stevie: Yeah, we go way back, I did some work for them in the Sixties
Whitey: You mean while I was in Alcatraz
Stevie: Yeah, around then. Tell me something, Jimmy.
Whitey: Sure; (Whitey now has taken knife out of boot to trim nails)
Stevie: All the other ex-cons say they were in prison, you don’t.
Whitey: I just did!
Stevie: No, you said Alcatraz.
Whitey: Yeah I did, it’s, you know, wanna see my belt buckle?
Stevie: That’s all right — but what were you gonna say?
Whitey: Ah, just that you know Larry Baione, Gerry Angiulo, those guys.
Stevie: Yeah, known them a long time.
Whitey: How would you like to take over their business?
Stevie: Never thought of it.
Whitey: You know, if we did, we’d double our take.
Stevie: But we’d end up where we plan to put Debbie if she dumps me.
Whitey: Not if we do it right.
Stevie: How’s that?
Whitey: You know, like, someone else knocks them off.
Stevie: We’re the only other game in town. No one could do it.
Whitey: How about the FBI.
Stevie: How do you mean?
Whitey: If they take down the Mafia then everything is ours.
Stevie: I don’t know, they’d always be others around.
Whitey: We’ll have the FBI take them out too.
Stevie: You mean have the FBI work for us.
Whitey: You got it.
Stevie: How do we do that?
Whitey: We give them information on the office.
Stevie: I’m already doing that.
Whitey: That’s great, I didn’t know that.
Stevie: I’ve kept it secret all these years
Whitey: If you’re doing it, maybe I should do it too.
Stevie: You know nothing about the Mafia. What can you tell them.
Whitey: You tell me and I’ll pass it on.
Stevie: Sure, it’ll cut me out and give me cover.
Whitey: And, those dumb goombahs won’t figure it out
Stevie: Watch it!
Whitey: Oh, sorry, I forgot you were one.
Stevie: How you going to do it?
Whitey: I know a FBI agent from Old Harbor Village.
Stevie: Great we’ll be informants together.
Whitey: Watch it!
Stevie: Oh, sorry, we’ll be facilitators.
Whitey: That’s better, I don’t want to be an informant.
Stevie: To each his own.
Whitey: Is that from Shakespeare?
Stevie: No, the Old Harbor projects.