You’ve heard me suggest how the Boston media created Whitey into something monstrous for the purpose of making a profit off of him. Also in making him into such they could blacken the name of his brother Billy suggesting he must have known about or enabled his evil doing; and generally presenting a picture of Whitey’s evil doing that had nothing at all to do with reality.
In doing this they were abetted by the federal prosecutors who either believed what they were reading in the Boston media or had their own reasons for elevating him to the top spot. I’ve pointed out how the lead federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak looked upon his actions as part of a crusade to put Whitey in prison, which was easy because there were so many crimes he was involved in that once arrested he would never be released again, but also to do damage to his brothers, Billy and Jackie. He succeeded against Jackie who got caught up in lying to a grand jury and did time and lost his pension even though the incident for which he was convicted had nothing to do with his job. Despite his strenuous and unrelenting efforts (look at the deals he gave to all the criminals trying to find something) he was never able to nail Billy. That was not for lack of trying; it was because Billy had led a life of high integrity never coming close to committing a crime.
Speaking of lying to a jury, A.J. English wrote a book “Where the Bodies are Buried” about the Whitey matter. He tells of a conversation with Kevin Weeks a main witness against Whitey. Weeks told English after he finished testifying, (p.270) “I was playing nice. I could have buried him. But I made clear that I didn’t know if he did the Debbie Davis murder, and I repeated what he had always told me, that he was against the killing of Roger Wheeler. I could have backed up the other testimony and destroyed him on those points, but I didn’t.”
Isn’t that a confession of perjury before the jury? Whether he was holding things back or adding things, what he was doing was lying. Wyshak has indicted former FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick for lying to the Whitey jury. Will he do the same to his own witness?
That is just an aside to let you watch and see how the game is played in the Boston U.S. attorney’s office. I really wanted to talk about the Boston media. English agrees with me that Whitey has been created into something he isn’t. He laments that the media narrowed the coverage of the trial saying it “preferred that the trial be about Whitey “the monster”and little else.”
He went on: “The role the media had played in creating and cultivating the myth of Whitey Bulger was complex and personal.. . . But as the prosecution of Bulger – as shaped by Wyshak and Kelly – had begun to dominate and misconstrue many important questions about who ultimately was responsible for the Bulger fiasco, you could argue that the local media engaged in coverage that bordered on dereliction of duty.” (p. 217)
On the next page he continues: “Nonetheless among the most powerful and influential media outlets in the city, the coverage bordered on cheerleading for the prosecutors and the U.S. attorney’s office. . . . The trial was exhaustively covered, but not with much depth. The best journalists in town were more interested in settling old scores with Whitey than probing the parameters of a skewed prosecution. The hidden horrors of the Bulger trial seemed destined to remain so.”
T.J. English in his book got a lot of things right but he got a lot of things wrong. It’s a good book though and worth reading. Why was he so wrong on so many things, here are some of the people he relied on to, as he said, “separate fact from fiction,” Kevin Weeks, Patrick Nee, Joseph Salvati, Anthony Cardinale, Harvey Silverglate, Robert Fitzpatrick, Thomas Foley, John Martorano, Jimmy Martorano, Steve Davis, John Connolly, and Howie Carr. He could not have picked a more biased group other than the news media reporters and columnists.
Unfortunately for English, he’s a very talented and entertaining writer, but it is hard to come in from the outside and have a true picture of the events. He spent too much time associating with Pat Nee and Kevin Weeks who have their own agendas which he seemed not to grasp. But even with his limited view he could clearly saw that the media was telling a false story.