Jerome and Rather who comment here have brought me back to a consideration of things relating to Whitey Bulger. Rather has hung around here a long time and kept current on many of the posts; Jerome more recently but he has a strong interest in probing deeper into what happened in the pre-Whitey era of the gang wars and the years when Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi were informants. Jerome has recently read many of the books about these times including my book “Don ‘t Embarrass The Family.” He has posed some good questions to me looking for logical answers. Through these questions he brings up matters that make for good posts for those interested in the original subject of this blog and the FBI.
I first must say I appreciate the comments of people like Jerome, Rather, and all the others who come here, even JKM, regularly and off-and-on just to check in. I say this selfishly because they have made me sharpen my thinking and forced me to reconsider some of my positions which on second look were off-base. They have taught me more than I could ever have learned otherwise. A wise teacher will learn from his students; a blogger will learn from those who take the time to comment. So to all I give you a hearty hand shake and my thanks.
Jerome commented on July 20 to the NY girls post telling me that after all his research there is “one haunting question” that bewilders him. He said in a nut shell he cannot find any information that Whitey gave to the FBI that justified him being used as an informant. He notes how the best than can be said for him is that most people seem to write he passed on information to John Connolly, his FBI handler, that he received from Stevie Flemmi.
I replied to him to broaden his understanding of the word “informant” and gave him three names to discover which would help him in doing that. I also suggested to him that he find out who “Little Al” is and put that into the equation. Rather went back in my posts and found I had previously written about “Little Al.”
I told Jerome that the most people who have written books about Whitey really have no knowledge what Whitey gave the FBI. What makes it worse is that they come at this subject with an animus toward Whitey so they will minimize his importance to the FBI. They do so in such a manner that they reach the point of talking out of both sides of their mouths: they say he gave the FBI no information, so they seem to agree with Whitey that he wasn’t an informant, yet they want to insist he was an informant.
One of the most made-up parts of the Whitey saga is the Black Mass story in chapter one of the supposed meeting that took place at Wollaston Beach between Connolly and Whitey Bulger. It puts some of the discussion (which never took place) in quotes as if there were a stenographer hidden in the back seat of Connolly’s car making a transcript. The idea that Connolly would think Bulger could give him inside information on the Boston Mafia under Angiulo when both were Irish and from South Boston a particular combination that each would have known the North End did not distrust if not hate.
The book tells that Whitey was concerned about “Angiulo setting him up.” How could that be when he was working with Angiulo to murder off people competing with Angiulo as we learned from Martorano when he told about Howie Winter’s and his meeting with Gerry Angiulo where they were hired to “hit” the Notarangeli brothers. (Notice Whitey who was a partner of Winter and Martorano was kept out of the meeting.)
My message to Jerome was to think more about this, do some more research, recognize that those who have written about it are blinded by bias, and get back to me. He did. I write about it next.