Here’s Whitey Bulger’s problem – he doesn’t want to be known as an informant nor does he want to be known as a person who murders women. Beyond that he’s quite proud of being known as a guy who went around killing some people, extorting others, strong arming some, and running gambling, loan sharking and drug dealing operations.
To believe Whitey murdered women depends on the evidence from two guys, Steve Flemmi and Kevin Weeks, who have as much regard for the truth as for the lives of those they murdered. Both told the tale that the prosecutor wanted to hear to get great deals for themselves. You know the old story, “you want to help yourself you got to give us someone bigger than yourself and it better be good.” What better way to do that than to put another person in your shoes when you committed a murder.
Each man said Whitey murdered Deborah Hussey. They stood and watched. They don’t give us any reason why he’d want to do this..
Deborah was Flemmi’s step-daughter who he sexually molested shortly after she entered her teens. Women subject to that type of betrayal by the person in a close relationship, she called Flemmi dad, usually will have a troubled life. His repeated raping of her had to have totally destroyed all her feelings of self-esteem. My skin crawls just thinking of the vileness of that man who abused this woman, then murdered her, and then is coddled by the U.S. prosecutors who by the way may be trying to spring him from prison.
Not unexpectedly, Deborah would get heavily involved in drugs and prostitution. She became an embarrassment to Flemmi. Every time he saw her fallen state he had to have felt the sting of her reproach. No longer able to stand it, he admits luring her to the scene of her murder.
But he washes his hands of it saying that although he brought her to be murdered, Whitey did it. The problem with throwing Whitey into the murder is he had no motive to do it. You may recall but in case you don’t Whitey usually didn’t murder people without a motive personal to him.
Flemmi also said Whitey murdered Debbie Davis who was Flemmi’s long time girl friend as Flemmi stood by and watched. Weeks couldn’t help with Flemmi’s story since he did not have a relationship with Whitey at the time. What we know of Debbie’s murder is that having met and become involved with Flemmi when she was 17-years-old and he was closing in on age 40 he wined and dined her beyond her wildest young dreams. From a kid working hard in a jewelry store, I’m not sure she knew the owner was the biggest fence in Brookline, scratching out a living she was suddenly thrust into the lap of luxury.
But after seven years she grew up and tired of the baubles, bangles and beads the old man showered on her. She sought to escape. She found another who she planned to go off with. Flemmi was unable to accept this. Not wanting to leave it that he murdered her because she was walking away from him, Flemmi said she was murdered because Whitey ordered it. He gave as Whitey’s reason that she knew of the relationship between Whitey, himself and FBI agent Connolly. He said Whitey feared she’d disclose it.
That makes no sense. Whitey wasn’t bothered when the Boston Globe reported he had a special relationship with the FBI; how likely would he be bothered if Stevie’s ex-girlfriend said he was connected with Connolly? He wouldn’t lose a minute of sleep. First of all who is she going to tell? Next, who is going to believe her? Finally the FBI knew of the relationship and would have protected Connolly. But the fundamental reason it makes no sense is she was trying to get away from them the sooner the better. Getting involved in some type of adversary relationship would be the last thing that she wanted since it would only continue the involvement with them.
Beyond that we almost know for a certainty Whitey had nothing to do with her death. When Martorano asked Flemmi what happened to Debbie he didn’t mention anything about Whitey. That would be the time to do it so he wouldn’t look like a sleaze ball in front of his buddy Martorano. What he said to Martorano was that he accidentally strangled her. That sort of leaves Whitey out in my book.