T.J. English really blew it. You would think with his background in dealing with criminals and writing about them he would not fall for the claptrap that the local media has dispensed that Bill Bulger was involved with Whitey. I mentioned this before but I’ve talked to others about it so you’ll have to hear it again how I almost fell out of my chair when I read what he wrote about this.
He is wondering why Pat Nee did not do anything when his partners were murdered. One reason, as I have suggested, is he may have been involved in the murders; the other reason is Pat benefited from them taking their share of the booty. The reason Pat offers is nonsense.
English has befriended Pat so unfortunately he buys his stories as they say hook, line and sinker. That’s always a problem when you get too close to a source then you lose your objectivity. English knows as well as everyone else that Pat was probably the guy in the back seat of the car who gunned down Halloran but he is reluctant to put him there. He like all the media give the prosecutor a pass on Weeks’s lie that he did not know who went to a murder party with him when there were only three of them. How many times in the history of mankind have three people gone to a murder a guy and one guy doesn’t know who is going with him?
T.J. English rightly identifies the status of Whitey “in the mid 1970s, he was a garden-variety Boston gangster.” Reading the media you would believe otherwise. That at least shows English is more perceptive than most media people.
English wrote: when it comes to killing he was no “Joe Barboza, or John Martorano, or Steve Flemmi” – I would add he was no Frank Salemme, Larry Bione, Jimmy Flemmi or Pat Nee. If he was not a stone killer like those other guys, why was it he was not taken out.
English concludes what made him different, and the reason no one wanted to take him out, was his brother Bill – “Billy Bulger’s standing in the city protected Whitey Bulger from retribution.”
Unfortunately for English he takes the Kool-Aid along with so many others who should know better. I mentioned before that back when Pat Nee’s partners were being murdered Bill Bulger had no power because he opposed busing that was white-hot in the mid-1970s.
The truth is that Bill protected him from no one. I have pointed out that from 1976 into the 1990s I was in charge of doing wiretap investigations for Norfolk County where Whitey lived. I worked with detectives who were hell-bent on getting him. We worked in conjunction with other agencies including the DEA and State Police. We had no qualms about going after Whitey. I have often told in all our discussions and investigations about Whitey no one even mentioned the name of his brother Bill in any way never mind that we should not go after Whitey because of him.
It is only the media who were not doing the investigations and writers like English who were not on the scene who imagine that Bill gave some protection to him. You don’t have to believe me but you should look at the objective facts.
Bill first started to accrue some power in 1978 when he became president of the Senate. The law enforcement agencies that would have been most affected by Bill’s power would have been the district attorneys and the state police. He could have squeezed their budgets. I have told how my office, the Norfolk DA, was after Whitey. If you don’t believe it read the FBI reports where Whitey claimed we had a vendetta against him.
The Massachusetts State Police under Colonel O’Donovan were also trying to bring him down. You all know of the 1980 bug put in at the garage on Lancaster Street where Whitey was conducting his operations. The State Police did that in conjunction with the Suffolk DA. How would that have happened if Bill Bulger was thought to be protecting his brother.
These people demean law enforcement when they make the suggestion that any investigative agency backed off from going after Whitey because of his brother.
If Bill could not protect Whitey from the law, how are you are supposed to believe he protected him from the criminal element? Back then when the Mafia was strong it could have easily taken out Whitey if it wanted to do so without consequences. Unfortunately few want to examine what happened. They all like simple thing like Whitey was the top Criminal (which he wasn’t); his brother the powerful state senator helped him out (he didn’t).
Someone did though. His reputation was made because he partnered up with John Martorano and Steve Flemmi, who English rightly pointed out were at a much different level than Whitey. It was also because J. Edgar Hoover set in motion a monster program called the Top Echelon Informant program that recruited as it members top murderers like Flemmi and Pat Nee and even lesser luminaries as Whitey.
Few, if any what to tell that story.