Yesterday I told how Connolly sat as silent as a lamb going to slaughter when those he accused of being in a conspiracy to hide the the full story worked assiduously to put him away forever. Connolly also made some other inane statements to T. J. English in the midst of his babble, then, perhaps without realizing it, Connolly in a moment of lucidity spelled out in three sentences what he should have been shouting to the world from both outside and inside the courtroom, it is the only real defense he has and it may be the truth.
He told T. J. English: “My role was to protect Bulger and Flemmi so we could make cases against criminals based on information they gave us. That was my job. Everyone knew that they were top criminals and murderers.”
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Whitey Bulger’s Right to Kill — John Connolly’s Only Defense. Read the whole post here
Deadly Alliance by Ralph Ranalli came out in paper back. I think it may be the best book written about the dealings of the FBI and mobsters like Whitey. Ranalli was the only newspaper reporter to cover every session of Judge Mark Wolf’s seminal hearings that blew off the doors of the FBI’s inner sanctum revealing that Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi were long time informants for the FBI and the circumstances surrounding this inexplicable alliance. Ranalli shows us an agency reeking of corruption using the FBI motto: “Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity” as a title for one chapter by writing: “Fidelity First, Integrity Last.” Sadly, it’s so true.
There is very little in any of the books that followed this July 2001 book that is not touched upon in Ranalli’s Deadly Alliance. I find myself going back to it again and again as I acquire more information and find that it is right on the mark with everything. No major mistakes or false braggadocio or ego stroking that one finds in the books that followed. I look at some things a little differently but for the most part he tells it straight without an agenda other than to make the FBI a better agency.
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Ralph Ranalli – Book Sunday – Deadly Alliance. Read the whole post here