Why is it all of these guys who go about killing people when caught try to blame something or someone else for their despicable actions. Take Whitey Bulger, he’s now peddling the maddening story that somehow his being a guinea pig for a CIA experiment with LSD turned him into a two-bit murderous felon. We can only thing of the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde except Whitey doesn’t have to ingest any laboratory formula from a test tube to lose his otherwise benign composure, it comes in the form of flashbacks that come during the nighttime nightmares..
The matter that is thrown at us is that Whitey would have been an upstanding citizen had he not been set upon by men in suit jackets with needles. We are supposed to accept that Whitey had some time of post traumatic stress disorder which causes him to turn into a monster.
it might have had a chance to pass as credible if one were to ignore his past. Whitey was bad to the bone since he was a young teenager. He just wanted to live on the wild side a step or two over onto the wrong side of the law. There’s a newspaper article about him being caught lifting goods off of the back of a truck. Tailgating it was called back then before the term became polished up and expropriated by the college and professional football crowds to describe their pre-game parking lot banquets.
No doubt he had a lot of derring-do to walk into banks with other hoodlums to pull off robberies with his equally tough girl friend, aka a moll, sitting in the car serving as a look-out. How many of these robberies did he pull? How many times after them would he take off with his moll and live the high life until the money ran out? He epitomized the sailor on shore leave going off with a pocket full of cash and returning a lot worse for the wear and broke waiting for the days to pass to pick up some more government cash to do a rerun at the next port of call.
There was a special part to the bank robbing that would have attracted Whitey. Another Irish robber, Willie Sutton, spelled it out: “Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I’d be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that’s all. ” Sutton always carried an unloaded pistol or Thompson submachine gun doing his robberies because he did not want to hurt anyone. Asked why he needed the gun if he was not going to use it he answered: “You can’t rob a bank on charm and personality.”
Long before the CIA experiments Whitey was a criminal. Unlike Sutton he carried a loaded gun and was not reluctant to use it. How then can it be said that his subsequent actions were brought about by those experiments? If he was an out-of-control murderer just murdering people without any discernible motive that would be one thing; but Whitey’s murders were all premeditated and done with planning with others.
They were carried out over two distinct time periods: 1973 to 1976 and 1981-1985. The first period involved the murders of his rivals Paul McGonagle (done by King); Tommy King (done by Martorano); Buddy Leonard (unknown who actually did murder); guys Winter Hill had grudges against (Connors, O’Toole, Sousa, Castucci); and the hits for the Mafia none of which Whitey did any of the killings.
The second period involved Flemmi’s two women, the waterfront murder of Halloran and Donohue, the Jai Alai murders done by Martorano, Bucky Barrett and John McIntyre. As you know I don’t buy him having any connections with the Jai Alai murders nor the women murders which were done by Flemmi. The other four he was an active participant doing the killing along with others such as Kevin Weeks and Pat Nee. None of these indicated anything that would have implicated the CIA experiments.
However, the most compelling evidence that the CIA experiments had no bearing on his criminal ways, especially his murders, is that from the time of his last accused murder which is that of Flemmi’s step-daugher in 1985 until his capture in 2011, a period of 26 years he is not known to have murdered anyone. Add to that the twelve years (1965-1972 and 1977 to 1980) after prison before 1985 when he didn’t murder anyone it making a total of 38 murder-free years attempting to put the blame on anything other than the perversity of Whitey is plainly closing one’s eyes to reality.
Whitey was a bad hoodlum. He was born bad and he’ll die bad. By the way the day he was born was the hottest September 3 in Boston in the 20th Century. You don’t think the guy that hangs around in that fiery four letter word domain happened to have played the role of the stork and brought him here do you?