My two previous posts concerned Whitey Bulger. I suggested he was no more than a two-bit hoodlum with a highly exaggerated reputation. I’m not saying that he did not cowardly murder people along with his buddies, that he did; it’s just that he was no different from hundreds others like him and except for other factors beyond his control he’d have passed quite unnoticed to all.
Given that, I still thought even among people of his ilk there would be a desire to maintain a modicum of self-respect. Take Murderman John Martorano, he was going to rat out Whitey to get a deal for himself, a marvelous deal as it turned out: twelve years in prison for twenty murders and $20,000 start-up money, a thousand dollars a murder, upon release from prison, but he insisted that he would give evidence against specific people and not others. In other words, as dire as Murderman’s predicament he held on to a little bit of dignity. Even Steven Benji Ditchman Flemmi, the lowest of the low, to save himself from the death penalty refused to give up all his property, although it’s still hard to think of his continual grovelling and lying to save his worthless life as not being pathetic.
As days pass, any such indication Whitey has anything more than enormous self-pity shines out so much that he has turned himself into somewhat of a pathetic laughing-stock. Whitey, the man who was supposed to have South Boston cowering for years turns out to be little more than another whiner. Strange as it may seem, he is not so different from the many begrudgers who make up the core of Howie Carr’s audience.
I say this because as each day passes we see not a man accepting that he has received his long overdue just deserts but one who somehow thinks life is treating him unfairly. Remember this, at his trial he never attempted to show the various machine guns, silencers and weapons with obliterated serial numbers were not part of his armory. Leave out the obvious open and shut cases of money laundering, these acts aside from the murders of which he was convicted in and of themselves are enough to insure he’d die looking at prison bars. And that’s not talking about his failure through his attorneys to contest the prosecutions assertions that he murdered many of the victims he was accused of murdering and was convicted of doing this. There can be no reasonable person who does not believe he is where he belongs.
Now we see the old man brooding in his cell over the unfairness of his situation. He sets out his complaints in his letters that he sends out to people who aren’t really interested in hearing them but seem to think there is a market for his letters. I like the irony of the situation where Whitey is now being played the fool and being used to put ducats in the pockets of those who offer their feigned sympathy to him. I thought there was some law against defrauding the elderly.
How low can a person be who writes and defames one of his victims and her family? He claims Debbie Davis through the influence of his close buddy Benji became a “material girl.” He tells us she hung around with dangerous people (himself?). He calls her family “low lifes.” He asserts her family received one million dollars from the government because of her death saying it was a “rip off of the taxpayers money!! Unreal . . . ” He ends his vile diatribe by suggesting the Davis family would prefer the money to a live Debbie.
Whitey says Benji murdered Debbie because she was dating someone else. Benji said Whitey did it. It seems clear they both were involved in murdering her but who actually struck the fatal blow may never be known. Debbie was found buried near where Whitey buried another of his victims which clearly ties Whitey into her murder.
Can you think of anyone being more disgusting than one who participated in the murder of a young beautiful 26-year-old woman who then attacks her and her family? I can’t. As one outside the situation I can suggest that perhaps Debbie may have been wiser in her associates, but for one who participated in her murder to suggest it, that is, that she should have known better than to associate with him and Benji, is truly vile.
Whitey at the time in life when he is laying down his final markers shows himself to be the bereft of a scintilla of dignity. What a pathetic way to leave the stage.