As far as I can tell there have been two jurors who have come forward to discuss the case from the point of view of the jury. Today the press will get the rest of the names and addresses of the jury so that they can hunt them down like wild beasts to see what tidbits of information they can extract from them.
The jurors who have rushed to out themselves are: Scott Hotyckey, 47, of Framingham, aka Juror #5 (hereinafter #5); and Janet Uhlar, 56, of Eastham, aka, Juror #12 (hereinafter #12).
#5 was one of those jurors who was guilty all the way. I’m sure after he listened to J.W. Carney’s opening where he admitted to most of the charges and told the jury Whitey made millions from his criminal activities; saw the pictures of Whitey with the Mafia and other gangsters; watched as the guns piled up on the table; heard other gangsters tell how afraid they were of Whitey and his partner Stevie (this was even before Murderman Martorano the first of the gangster witnesses took the stand); he was absolutely convinced of Whitey’s guilt to everything.
#5 resolved any doubt with the ‘bird of a feather” type rationale. He wasn’t bothered with finding that Whitey as the principal, the accessory or a conspirator, it was enough for him that Whitey knew about the criminal acts or they were done by his associates. He opined that he though the jury could have wrapped everything up in one day.
I can’t say I disagree with him too much. He had Whitey as the kingpin and believed that whatever happened did with his consent. #5 didn’t concern himself too much with the government issues saying:”The FBI wasn’t on trial.” You’d think with that attitude it would have been straight across the board guilty and all the murders would have been deemed proven. Rather there was one not guilty, 7 murders not proven including Spike O’Toole and Buddy Leonard, and one tie, Debbie Davis.
How that came about is best explained by #12. But before I get to that, one of the things that was clear from her interview was that the jurors were getting news reports about the trial. It was reported by the person interviewing #12 that, “The killing of Bulger foe Stephen Rakes during the trial was a scary moment, but when the judge didn’t sequester the jurors they thought they must be safe. “ They shouldn’t have known about Rakes if they were not hearing or reading trial news.
#12 was not kind to the prosecutors saying that the trial itself in a very real sense was “tainted” She said the prosecutors “enticed” the witnesses against Bulger to testify by giving them “extremely outrageous deals.” She said the “prosecution did not work hard enough to give us the evidence to come in otherwise” than “not proven” in the murders.
She also said she “intensely disliked (prosecutor Brian) Kelly for his cross-examination of Agent Fitzpatrick. She was angry that Kelly treated corrupt agent Morris who she said gave information that led to the murder of two people with respect but treated Fitzpatrick who she felt tried to save Halloran with disdain. She also accused him of falsely imprisoning Kevin O’Neil for 11 months.
She called Murderman Martorano, “Absolutely disgusting;”(and his best friend is Herald Columnist Howie Carr); Vileman Flemmi, “I can’t cuss on TV”; Kevin Weeks, “Scary, still scary. . . .” and John Morris, “There’s no words. There’s no words, absolutely disgusting, I felt like a traitor.”
She said she had heard of Whitey before the trial and that he was a “scary monster.” She went on to say, “Certainly he was a bad, bad man. I’m just as stunned by the corruption in government to get him into that courtroom” She told us that about half of the jury felt like that about the case.
I’d say the prosecutors can’t come away too happy after reading what she had to say about their approach to the trial. Nor must they be with a couple of things that made Whitey ecstatic with her interview. First she said that most of the jurors believed that Flemmi killed both of the women; next she said she wasn’t convinced that he was an informant. Those were the only two issues that were really being contested and she handed them both to Whitey.
I assume Whitey has already asked one of his relatives to resubmit his application to the Gangster Hall of Fame.