Ralph DiMasi (pictured left at his arraignment by the Herald) has become a Whitey associate. That’s what the headline in the Boston Herald said:”Whitey cohort charged in 1991 murder of bank guard.” Perhaps we can add that murder onto Whitey’s long list.
Of course that is nonsense. Ralph had as much to do with Whitey as the innocent bystander Michael Donohue had. Donohue, who happened to be giving a ride to Brian Halloran, was murdered when Whitey gunned down Halloran on the Southie waterfront, now known as the Seaport District, in front of the Pier barroom.
Ralph happened to have gone from Southie over to Linda Mae’s on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester with a guy named O’Brien who was buying a birthday cake for his nine-year old daughter. Ralph was part of a Indian Al’s group trying to take over some gaming business from Gerry Angiulo who hired Howie Winter (how come he’s never been charged with any of the many murders he did?) and the Cowardly Murderman aka Martorano to eradicate the members of that group.
The guys who were hired drove up besides O’Brien’s car trying to shoot Ralphie. They murdered O’Brien instead. The car crashed. The assassins stopped a little way off to savor their cowardly deed when Ralphie, who was wounded, got out of the wreck, pulled out his knife, and went chasing after them.
Here is Ralphie running up Morrissey Boulevard with only a knife and with his body spouting blood and the guys like Winter and Martorano in the car with the guns seeing him coming toward them hit the gas and flee in fear. They were always tough against unarmed guys.
As you can tell Ralphie is a tough guy. He had no connection to Whitey. He was a witness against him. He testified about the shooting. He did not identify any of the shooters. He did not have to.
But Ralphie wouldn’t have done it under any circumstance. He was one of those old-fashioned criminals. Are there any left like him?
He reminded me of that old Irish lad walking the back roads of Connemara who said: “Take a good look at me. You’ll never see the likes of me again.” I thought that of him after he testified. Look at all the Mafia guys, Southie criminals and Winter Hill gangsters that folded under pressure of doing time and rushed to turn state’s evidence and squeal like Two Weeks Weeks.
Ralphie is a true believer in the adage “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”. There should be a place like an Honorable Crook Museum where people like Ralphie and Catherine Greig are honored. Not for their alleged criminality but because like the captured soldier who refuses to cooperate with the enemy they had the courage of their convictions.
They were nabbed. They accepted that they did. They took the punishment without betraying others.
So how is it Ralphie is again indicted and none of those cry baby “tough guys” and their friends murderers all are walking the street. These betrayers of their friends cooperated with Freddy Wyshak. They got good deals, government passes for their murders (wasn’t that what Whitey was told he could not get) and became friends of Freddie.
Here’s what I said about DiMasi shown at left in Reuters photo during Whitey’s trial: “Ralph DMasi had a couple of months ago gotten out of jail after doing 21 years for planning a bank robbery and getting ready to do it. 21 years for a good attempt and he’s testifying in a case where a guy with 20 murders got 12 years and a guy with five murders five years.
I paraphrase DiMasi but it went something like this: “federal justice, I’ll tell you what it is, you have a guy who murdered 20 people walking the street and you have a kid commit one murder and they want him to get the chair. That’s what dealing with the government does.”
Of course, the kid who kills one can’t turn anyone in because he’s probably not a real criminal; the guys with lots of murders like those mentioned above are real criminal and have plenty to offer.
Ralphie insulted Freddie with his testimony. He poured scorn on Freddy’s deals putting all the murderers out on the street. Like the Trump, Freddy does not forget being crossed. He brooded. He waited.
The murder Ralphie is charged with happened 25 years ago. That’s a long time. You have to wonder who is making a deal to finger Ralphie. Do you think it is one of Freddie’s cup cakes?