Whitey never murdered a woman. Stevie Flemmi murdered two of them, his girlfriend and his step-daughter. Yikes, imagine killing your step-daughter who as Whitey’s attorney Hank Brennan noted sat on his lap as a child and called him daddy. Imagine that Flemmi is now palling around with Asst U.S. attorney Fred Wyshak who has arranged for him to keep at least half of the money he made while a criminal and avoid doing time in the federal prison system. No one knows where he is now located – he admitted murdering forty to fifty people but probably it was only half of that. They are executing people in some parts of the country for one or two murders but the federal prosecutors are protecting guys like Flemmi.
Flemmi murdered his step-daughter because he was embarrassed that she was involved in drug and sex activities in the Combat Zone that once existed in Boston – the place where sleazy people catered to sleazy people and preyed upon down-and-out women who plied their wares. How did she end up in such a predicament? It seems since she was a young girl Flemmi was sexually assaulting her, his step-daughter. For years on end he did it and guess who he blamed for his foul and sordid acts. You got it, his step-daughter. If it doesn’t make you skin crawl then you’d better check to see if you have any.
How then did Whitey get blamed for her death? Prosecutor Wyshak wanted to pile charges upon Whitey and did not care whether they made sense or not as long as he could get someone to implicate Whitey. Wyshak wasn’t engage in a search for the truth; he was looking to find anything that would fit into his idea of prosecution, allowed in the federal courts under their conspiracy law, which is to bring in as many bad guys saying bad things about someone they may or may not have known so that a jury would think – without evidence – “if he knew these bad guys he must be a bad guy.”
Here’s an example of federal court admissible evidence during the John Connolly trial: Martorano testified the Whitey said that John Connolly said that Bill Bulger said. How can you possibly cross-examine that to determine the truthfulness of it?
What cements the notion that Whitey was wrongly accused of murdering women is the case of Flemmi’s girlfriend. He started abusing his step-daughter when she was five; so it’s not surprised he found a nice looking girl around 15 or 16 to pour a cornucopia of gifts upon to lure her into his squalid life. He used her for years on end. Her father who objected to the relationship died mysteriously. Her mother was swayed by also being able to reach into the pile of treasures. It is also said after he got rid of this girlfriend he preyed upon her younger sister.
The girlfriend went on a trip to Mexico and met a nice guy more her age and quite refined unlike the Roxbury tramp. Her eyes were opened. She saw that she did not have to be a sex slave forever. She planned to go to Mexico to be with the guy. She made one mistake. The day before she planned to leave she told Flemmi. He was furious. No one would have his girl. He murdered her. Later, when his friend Martorano asked where the girl friend was he said he “accidentally strangled her.”
No prosecutor on the level would conclude anything other than that Flemmi murdered her because of his jealousy. It is one of the classic motives especially for one whose arms are stained with the blood of innocents.
Well there was one who thought otherwise. He had Flemmi tell a story that Whitey made him murder her because she found out John Connolly had a relationship with them and that she might tell others. Why Whitey would care about that makes no sense. Everyone in the FBI knew of the relationship; Colonel O’Donovan and Bobby Long of the State Police accused them of having the relationship, in other words what she could possibly say was known by so many it mattered little. Whitey himself often expressed the idea that no one would believe anyone suggesting he had the relationship so he had no reason to fear Flemmi’s girlfriend never mind murder her.
The real puzzle in all this is why prosecutor Wyshak would use such tainted evidence. It suggests that he wasn’t so much interested in prosecuting Whitey for his crimes but making him into some type of monster; perhaps his time dealing with monsters like John Martorano, Steve Flemmi, Frank Salemme, and corrupt FBI agent John Morris (admitting taking money from two top echelon informants to have a spree with his girlfriend) that his world has been turned upside down where black become white.