The Whitey Bulger Murders: The Zealous Prosecutor and Blind Media. 1 of 2

() HareIt has been a long time since I considered the murders that the federal prosecutor charged Whitey with committing. Before going on I should go back and recap what we have covered. I pointed out the reasons why of the 19 murders charged against Whitey a fair evaluation of the evidence quickly eliminates Bulger from six of them.

The reason so many were charged was the prosecutor’s attempt to make him look worse than the witnesses against him. Each of them, Martorano, Flemmi, and Salemme were much more depraved. They had committed more murders from a younger age and over a longer period of time.

Four of the early murders alleged against Whitey were done by Martorano and Howie Winter. Whitey had no involvement except if you believe the paid witness Martorano he was sitting in a car somewhere off in the hinterlands waiting to render aid if such could be necessary. Martorano could just as easily put anyone in the car who the prosecutor needed to get a case against.

Those murders were a result of Martorano and Howie Winter entering into a contract over several meetings with the Mafia underboss in Boston Gerry Angiulo to eliminate the Notarangelli brothers and their associates. Martorano and Winter personally carried out the contract murdering those targets. They received a minimum of fifty thousand dollars for their work. Winter would never be charged. Whitey who was not present at the murders was indicted for them. The jury quickly exonerated him of these as well it should.

I then eliminated the murders of the two women: Deborah Hussey and Debby Davis. Implicating Whitey based in the murder of Flemmi’s girlfriend Davis is a bridge way too far. That, even more than the Angiulo hits, shows the obsession of the prosecutor with piling up charges on Whitey. His blatant disregard the obvious truth in the face of evidence shouting out that Whitey had nothing to do Davis’s murder tells of his injudicious zeal and witting blindness to the truth.

Flemmi said he murdered her because Whitey told him to do it because he found out that she knew that Whitey had a relationship with FBI agent Connolly and he feared she would tell others.

I know many of you have been involved in relationships with persons of the opposite sex and know of others so involved. Does your life experience point to any instance you know about where a person so involved murdered his girl friend because he was told by a friend to do it? No matter what the reason, do you know of this ever happening? Even if you knew of one or two instances it would have to be where some person had absolute control over another not in a situation of relative equals. Attributing the murder of Davis to Whitey makes no sense.

The great wonder is no one in the media ever questioned this reason. They were so intent on following like lemmings the prosecutors story that no one stepped back to consider how such a story borders on the edge of impossibility. No one kills a person they are in a good relationship with because someone else tells them to do it.

Next think of the alleged reason why Whitey supposedly wanted her dead. She knew that he was working with FBI Agent Connolly. That certainly was not a secret Whitey was afraid of having revealed. Everyone in the FBI who should know knew he worked with Connolly; Whitey was told by the FBI that the State Police knew. He brushed if off saying no one would believe it. Even when it was in the newspaper in 1988 suggesting he was working with the FBI he was not bothered.

Why would Whitey fear anything a 25-year-old high school grad said about his relationship with the FBI? Who was the audience that he supposedly feared? Where was the threat to Whitey? There was none. There was no reason for him to want her dead.

Judge William Young in January 2010 wrote about this murder. Speaking of Flemmi suggesting that Bulger wanted her murdered because he “feared she knew of Flemmi’s relationship with Connolly.” He said: “These, however, are the vapid maunderings of a supremely evil old man. Flemmi had Davis murdered for that most common and anal reason underlying male domestic violence against women: Flemmi thought he “controlled” Davis. Flemmi’s testimony on this matter is not credible.”

Judge Young found Flemmi lied that Whitey had a reason to murder Davis. Then, incredibly, he buys Flemmi’s story that Whitey strangled her. How  can he believe one part and call the other part a lie? It makes no sense but rationality seems to have gone out the window when it comes to Whitey for anything said against him no matter how incredible the judges seem to believe.

Flemmi had all the reasons to want her dead. He would have murdered her if Whitey did not exist. He did not need to be told by anyone since his savage nature had been insulted by her. She was leaving him after seven years. She found a guy in Mexico who she planned to get involved with. The idea this beautiful woman would leave him for a Mexican had to cut him to the core. Animal Flemmi decided If he couldn’t have her no one could.

No fair-minded prosecutor would put the killing of her on Whitey. No fair-minded media people or authors would fall for it. No judge not caught up in the media frenzy would do it. If that was all that was too it some might quibble and suggest Whitey may nevertheless been involved.

But it does not end there. It gets worse. Martorano asks Flemmi how he and the Davis girl are getting along. Flemmi in response says that she is dead. He said he accidentally strangled her.

How after all that does a prosecutor implicate another other than through an irresistible impulse to make Whitey appear more evil. He had to do that for in the normal course of events a prosecutor is not supposed to make deals with people who are worse than the target.

The analysis of the murders charged against Whitey must consider the zeal of the prosecutor who would believe such outlandish lies and the willingness of the media to go along with the scam.

 

13 thoughts on “The Whitey Bulger Murders: The Zealous Prosecutor and Blind Media. 1 of 2

  1. “The great wonder is no one in the media ever questioned this reason.”

    Like many of us (over the past 30 years or so, at least), the media just want to be entertained, collect a pay check and not be held accountable for much. They don’t question enough on the serious matters, which is to say that they don’t do their jobs. (By the way, there are some REALLY good deals on subscriptions to the local, major metropolitan newspaper whose reporters are either in cahoots with the local Feds or still wet behind the ears.)

    Yes, critical thinking in this country is on life support.

    1. GOK:

      The Pied Piper of Hamelin a story that dates back to the 13th Century is what comes to mind when I see how the Boston media (I’m sure media in other locations are similar but I am not familiar with them) follows along like lemmings. They even dupe out-of-town media who visit. I watched them during the Whitey trial how it was like one big gathering of likes – sort of a campus frat/sorority mixture. The Pied Piper – in this case the Globe – plays the tune and they all dance together. This type of fraternization also affects the courthouse judges and clerks — we have regular meetings of the judges and the press where they smooth each others ego felling the warmth of finding importance in the kind words of the others.

      Take Mayor Walsh – by all objective standards he is doing a good job. Yet because some in the media do not like him for whatever reason he is having his reputation torn apart. Those who know this is unfair are afraid to speak up. It was the same thing with Bill Bulger. He became a target of the Pied Piper and all the other media, elected officials, Congressmen on committees, joyfully joined in. Who defended O’Brien who was indicted by the federals for patronage? Who defended the owner of the Caswell Motel when US Attorney Ortiz sought to steal it from him. Where was the criticism of the Swartz indictments prior to him taking his life.

      Now we have the absurd Brissette indictment. A man is facing years in prison for a conversation over whether an entertainment group should have union workers or not. No one was hurt – nothing was changed – it is a big non event leading to criminal charges and we go from there into the acceptance that because Ortiz’s office can indict someone that there is some type of corruption existing.

      You are right – critical thinking is on life support.

    2. GOK,
      Not for nothing, but why would the media question this reason when they themselves were the ones perpetuating the catch-all “Whitey was everywhere, Whitey did everything” theme that underpinned Wyshak’s overzealousness.
      It all started with the joint-venture attempted hit on Whitey in 88 by Morris and Cullen.

      As for the reasoning behind the prosecutorial overkill…..possibly just the old “throw as much sh*t on the wall as you can, and see what sticks” philosophy. The female murders elicited more public outrage/sympathy/shock value and were therefore more valuable to Wyshak , so why not, to use Whitey’s term, throw Debra Davis and Debra Hussey “into the mix.”

      Plus, Flemmi, Martorano, and Weeks were his witnesses, so he had to pin them on Whitey.
      Remember Hitler’s Nazi propaganda technique?….. “The bigger the lie…….”
      He figured the jury would believe that Flemmi was really lying when he told Johnny that Davis was accidental and subsequently buy the bigger lie that Whitey was everywhere, Whitey did everything including kill two women, which I don’t believe.

    1. Khalid:

      JB – if you mean Whitey – is in a federal prison about 35 miles or so north of Tampa – he spends his days in a wheelchair and is slowly deteriorating. Had he stayed working as a custodian he would have had a nice retirement and would be in pretty good health walking on the walkway next to Carson Beach enjoying the beutiful early Boston summer weather. He believes it was all worth it; that’s why he is more a sad case than anything else.

      1. Matt,
        I don’t think he would have lasted as a custodian for the courts……..he probably would have gotten a big job on “Mister Bulger’s Transportation Authority,” retired young and gotten on another state or city job and bagged a second pension.

        Additionally, evidence shows that he was partial to Columbus Park and Castle Island. : )

        1. Rather:

          Good point. But why could he have not also held on to the custodian’s job which was an evening gig and then gone over to the MBTA during the day and still retired young with two pensions and when he hit 65 started with social security making it three. I picture had he gone straight he would still be holding on to his place on O’Callaghan Way so then he could walk across the street to Columbus Park across that over to Carson Beach – there he would have so much time on his hand he could walk to L Street and perhaps out to Castle Island. I’d have to say that would have been the better way to spend his time over the last twenty plus years when he ran from Boston and lived in a two bedroom apartment in Santa Monica that very much resembled living in prison.

          Who says crime pays? (Aside from those who become federal rats)

          1. Matt
            You made some good points regarding where Whitey Bulger would be TODAY if he had remained a custodian. Given his fascination with generals, war, etc is it realistic to think he would have moved up to a management position?

            The deeper aspect for me personally is if within the category of sociopath or psychopath it is damn nearly impossible to hold and work a job within the confines of society rules. Meaning, it cant be just money that motivated Bulger to continue a life of crime after serving 9 years. I wonder if the gangster life serves to express rather than suppress ones violent impulses. Also, why do some criminals NOT change their behavior so that they dont end up in prision again and again again?

            I know a childhood associate who ended up being a professional criminal and got caught and convicted and sent to prison at least 5-9 years. This individual was back in society and years later got caught again and convicted. He was entenced to 20 years and yet somehow got out after serving only 7 years. I try to avoid this individual because he is just plain trouble and a moody person. Sneaky and I wouldnt be surprised if he rolled on some people to get sentence reduced.

          2. Jerome:

            I have a few childhood friends who became criminals. From what I know of them they just felt the rules of society should not be a hindrance to them at certain times; they had an inability to repress their momentary desires and thnk long term. These guys spent most of their lives in prison on the installment plan doing a few years getting out and then going back in again. It became for one or two of them who people would call “institutionalized” that it really made no difference if they were in or out. They had friends in both places and sometimes found it easier to live within the prison environment than outside.

            The other day I read a story about a guy who got jammed up on Lang Island and to avoid prison went to work for the federals out in Chicago in an undercover capacity who got involved with some of Obama’s friends. The FBI fileed with a judge seeking permission to let this guy violate the laws while he was working for them. After many years working for the FBI he went back to New York and was sentenced to some type of probation. So he accomplished his goal of staying out of prison. A couple of years later he was arrested in another scam. This time he ended up in prison. He like others of his type despite all the breaks just cannot toe the line.

            If we knew how to stop them from committing crimes over and over again and offered them a pill to take that would make them stay straight they would probably turn it down. It’s hard to stay on the right side of the law when you are so used to being on the other side — keep in mind the crimes they are caught for are probably a small percentage of those they commit.

            So, as you suggest, there was really no way Whitey would have remained in a legitimate job.

  2. Matt,
    Even better. The hack hat-trick.

    Whitey says crime pays…as he wrote to the three Marsh Vegas junior high girls…….
    “Crime pays, just go to Law School”

    1. MS:

      Read the article but I kept waiting for something to link Obama to something criminal but it never came. It is sort of like a Boston Globe article where lots of inferences are thrown out hoping people will make a conclusion the Globe wants when there is nothing to really support it.

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