Yesterday I ended by asking: If Whitey was not a rat, then where does that leave Murderman and Brutalman?
Murderman Martorano testified against FBI agent John Connolly in 2002 believing Whitey would never be captured. At trial he came up with a cock and bull story that Whitey was not really an informant for the FBI. His story at that time was that Whitey had been approached by Connolly. Connolly told him that he was going to give Whitey information from time to time from the FBI so that Whitey would be protected. Murderman said Whitey said Connolly said he was doing this as favor to Whitey’s brother Billy who said keep Whitey out of trouble. (You see the evidence in the federal court in these trials lets in quadruple hearsay – A said B said C said D said – it’s totally unreliable and impossible to cross-examine but good for the prosecutors. It also brought joy to the media bringing Billy’s name into the trial producing a flourish of headlines.)
Murderman testified it was necessary for Whitey to tell his associates in the Winter Hill Gang this story because if any of them saw him meeting with an FBI agent then that would be the end of Whitey. Murderman after getting out of prison wrote a book called Hitman bragging about his life as a murderer. He did it in conjunction with gangster groupie Howie Carr. In his book he tells a different story. He writes he didn’t know Whitey was talking to the FBI.
Here’s Murderman’s problem, he has to present himself as a tough guy, after all his one rationale for his existence and claim to fame is as a tough guy. Take that away from him and what is he? He believes having killed nineteen unarmed men and one woman, most shot in the head from behind or the side, that makes him tough. But the real test of being tough is not being a rat.
Do the crime do the time is what tough guys say and do. That’s what John “Red” Shea of Southie preaches. Tough guys don’t go around ratting other people out.
Murderman never could do time. He did three months in the Plymouth jail and found it hard to do. When he heard the race fixing indictment was coming down in 1979 he fled to avoid going back to prison. He’d hide out for sixteen years, the same number of years Whitey hid out.
When he got caught in 1995 he made known his desire to turn state’s evidence against Whitey. Doing that he got a deal of six months in prison for each person he murdered. So Murderman became a rat.
His only way to extract himself from being seen in the true light was to try to twist things around to say Whitey was a rat first. Now get this. Murderman says if you rat on a rat you are not a rat. But of course you are because no matter how you slice it you are still giving information on another to get a deal for yourself. That’s why when Whitey helped Jacqui McAuliffe he was not a rat because he was giving information on himself to help another.
Murderman then pushes things a little too much. He thinks of himself as some kind of deity. He suggests that the worst person in the Bible was Judas because he betrayed Christ. He said Whitey having betrayed him is as bad a Judas.
His big problem is he can’t point to anything Whitey did to betray him. He lived in Florida from 1979 to 1995 and Whitey knew where he was living. Whitey knew he killed Roger Wheeler and John Callahan. Whitey never ratted him out.
We’re supposed to ignore that. He suggests, as does the media, that because Whitey was in the FBI files as an informant he must have been one even though he can point to no one he informed against.
Murderman told us at Connolly’s trial he knew Whitey had a relationship with Connolly. In his book he pretends that he did not know this. But the bottom line is he did know it, he knew Whitey had ratted out no one, and that he was ratting out Whitey to get himself a good deal.
The FBI allegedly recovered a manuscript from Whitey’s apartment in Santa Monica. Whitey was apparently going to write out his story. He was motivated to do this by Martorano’s appearance on 60 Minutes which he suggested was nothing but lies. I never watched the 60 Minute program it nor do I intend to. I don’t want to make myself sick having already been affected in that manner watching Murderman testify in Connolly’s trial as I said in my book, Don’t Embarrass The Family.
I assume what most bothers Whitey is that he is labeled as a rat and that is the reason he was going to tell his version of the truth. We read how Billy in his autobiography While The Music Lasts told how much the Irish hated rats. Whitey does not believe he was ever a rat. He believes he gave Connolly nothing of value that could be used against anyone else.
Nothing in the gangster world justifies Murderman’s actions. Whitey stood by him all those years. He turned against Whitey who protected him and gave him money to live a good life. Murderman must accept he is a big rat.