I went to a book club the other night where my book Don’t Embarrassed The Family was the topic of discussion. That book considered the 2002 trial of FBI Agent John Connolly and the murders involved were mainly those of Martorano, Weeks and Salemme. All the people at the book group lived in and around Boston from the middle-Sixties until the latter part of the 1990s. The host said to me as soon as I arrived, “I’ve lived here all that time and never knew any of that was going on.” As we discussed the book all the other people expressed surprise that all those murders were occurring.
As you know I was in the Norfolk DA’s office from the mid-Seventies until the late 1990s. I never knew much of what we now being led to believe was common knowledge. I knew Whitey was a hoodlum in Southie and associated with other hoodlums. I also knew that he would make a nice catch if I could get him, Not because he was murdering people but because he was the head of a gangster organization involved in gambling, loan sharking and probably some strong arm stuff.
I don’t recall knowing that he was into the illegal drug business. People I knew like Dick Bergeron of the Quincy Police Special Unit under Captain Dave Rowell and some of the DEA Agents had that knowledge. They made several efforts to put wires into his car and his house.
The other day I wrote how Adrian Walker of the Boston Glove said last July that the Todashev shooting in Florida needed explanation. I didn’t mention because it was not appropriate to the thrust of my post that he also said: “James “Whitey” Bulger, is being tried for decades of terrorizing the city while an FBI informant.”
In an earlier post I pointed out how the U.S. Attorney, Carmen Ortiz, in Boston said Whitey; “was a terrorist and is a terrorist . . . ” In the same article I noted that after his sentencing many papers around the world used the words in describing him that he “continue his reign of terror for decades.”
I found the juxtaposition of the comments of people from Boston with the writings of the news media quite interesting. The media wants us to believe, as Adrian Walker said, and as Howie Carr wrote in the subtitle of his books, that Whitey terrorized Boston. The people who lived here knew nothing of him.
Earlier I said the last time terror seized the citizens of Boston was during the days of the Witch Trials; however thinking that over I recognized I missed two events in the last 50 years that did terrorize Boston: the Boston Strangler and the Marathon Terrorist Attack (MTA). (Ron Paul suggested that it was law enforcement who terrorized Boston after the MTA.)
The truth of the matter as I see it is that no one in Boston was terrorized by Whitey other than the dozen or two who suffered at his hands. And as I’ve pointed out before, on the list of gangsters there were more than a handful who murdered more people than Whitey.
Whitey was an evil man who is wending his way across country to some not so nice prison. But he never terrorized Boston. Except for a small proportion of the population mainly in law enforcement, in illegal activities, or in South Boston, no one had concern about him. I’d suggest that even in the news media up until the late 1980s when his murder days were over he was hardly mentioned; nor was he mentioned in connection with murders until 2000, five years after he fled the city.
Keep in mind as I pointed out earlier I can name 50 people who were murdered gangland style in the 1960s and I’m sure there were many more. Whitey was involved in none of them; Martorano and Flemmi, witnesses against him, were involved in some. Yet even during the Sixties when the bodies were piling up and people knew about them especially since Life Magazine in 1967 did an article showing the photographs of more than 40 no one said during this much worse time that Boston was being terrorized.
Of the 11 murders that were proven by the government that Whitey committed; five of the persons were believed to have disappeared (McGonagle, King, Barrett, McIntyre, and Hussey); two were committed out of state with no public connection to Boston (Wheeler and Callahan), and four hardly raised an eyebrow among the law enforcement community: (Connors in 1975, Castucci in 1976, Halloran and Donohue in 1982.)
Four gangster murders over a seven-year span that were not publicly connected to Whitey at the times of the murders compared with over fifty murders over a similar period of time a little over ten years earlier. The former is supposed to have terrorized Boston for decades; the latter no one seems to have gotten much exercised about.
I find it amazing that the media could turn this small time vicious hoodlum into a giant criminal. But you know why they did it, not because they believed he was but rather by doing so they could in the case of the FBI get us looking away from it; in the case of the media get revenge on his brother; and in the case of the authors to line their pockets with lucre.
What it all comes down to is a decade of betraying the people of the City of Boston into believing a great untruth. Surprisingly to me, they well succeeded in suckering in not only the average Jane but also many judges who should have known better.
It is like what happened before with the witches wherein mass hysteria overtook clear headedness. As we know you can fool all of the people some of the time.