I’ve always known most of the reporters who cover the story of Whitey and his family have no street credentials. They’ve grown up in another world than that of Whitey or his associates. They can’t really understand the intricacies of a neighborhood like South Boston and its culture no matter how much they try. They seem unable to recognized that unless you grow up with these things and feel them on your skin and deep in your bones you won’t catch on to what is going on.
I’ve reflected on this situation this morning in church (I know I shouldn’t have been thinking of this) as I thought about the things I wrote over the last three days. One thing I was bothered about was the attempt to make Whitey a federal informant back in 1956 when the evidence showed just the opposite. Whitey was arrested after a fellow bank robber, Carl Smith, turned state’s evidence against him. Any FBI agent will tell you that they laid out to Whitey the information they had against him and suggested that they were going to jack up his girlfriend Jacqui unless he confessed to being in it with Smith. Whitey could deny it but the FBI would have dragged Jacqui into it. He had no choice so he admitted that he was part of the robberies and told Jacqui to cooperate with the FBI to save herself.
He did this to save his girlfriend from being prosecuted. To suggest that makes him an informant shows the media has little idea how the world of gangsters and cops work. You can’t be an informant against yourself. It’s called confessing. If the cops already have the information and the method to prove it and you want to help out a buddy by admitting it, you are not informing.
This got me to thinking that everything we’ve been fed by the media in this case has to be reconsidered. One thing we’ve been constantly told is that Whitey was an FBI informant. He is listed on the FBI books as being an informant. Yet we’ve seen what is written in the FBI files is not necessarily so.
Here’s why. Stevie Flemmi admitted that since the Sixties he had been an informant for the FBI. Yet the FBI records showed he was an informant for only part of that time. He was opened, then closed, and then reopened. Stevie knew nothing of these administrative entries.
No one outside the FBI knows of what is in their files. Former head of the Strike Force Jeremiah O’Sullivan suggested that the FBI files contain things the agents make up as they go along. For all we know the FBI could list any one of us as being an informant.
We’re told by the media that FBI agent John Connolly was corrupt. He was prosecuted in Boston and Miami based on the idea that Whitey was not his informant but Connolly became an informant for Whitey and was giving FBI information to him.
The media wants you to believe that Whitey was Connolly’s informant without critically examining the supposition. On the other hand it also wants you to believe Connolly was Whitey’s informant. Is this not an impossibility? Doesn’t one have to be the informant and the other the recipient of the information?
This contradiction stares the media straight in the face but it has yet to grapple with it. It is so intent on blackening Whitey it does not see the inconsistency in its position. I tell in my book Don’t Embarrass The Family how Murderman Martorano spun a story saying Whitey cleared with him and the others in the Winter Hill gang his relationship with Connolly. Murderman testified Whitey told them Connolly was going to give him information because Billy Bulger told Connolly to keep his brother Whitey out of trouble.
Then Stevie Flemmi tells how he and Whitey never gave Connolly any information of value. To use his expression, “we gave him garbage and got back gold.” Another indication that Whitey was not an informant. The the overall position of the feds that Connolly was corrupt because he was giving information to Whitey corroborated by the testimony of Murderman and Stevie point to one conclusion, Whitey was not an informant in fact even though he was listed as one in the FBI files.
Rather than being considered an informant, Whitey is more properly classified as a double agent. That would seem to fit what we know about the guy who we consider wise, wily, and wicked. But it would not fit the media’s mantra. It wants all things Whitey to look black and suggesting that he never betrayed his friends would give him a more elevated status.
Looking closely at this it seems that is the only conclusion that the evidence of the government, gangsters and media groupies will admit. It puts a lot of what has been written about him in a different light. If Whitey was not a rat, then where does that leave Murderman and Brutalman?