I had scheduled a post for today on Whitey but the Trump matters made me push it back until November 1. I was just told by my son Whitey was murdered in prison in Oklahoma. What I wrote is now somewhat dated but here it is with a little amendments and additions.
“We all know it is in Oklahoma where the winds come sweeping down the plains. Perhaps most of you know that 89-year-old James “Whitey” Bulger is or will soon be in Oklahoma. There, at a transfer station, ironic it is the same name used by my town where we drop off our trash to be sorted, he will be sorted and sent to his final destination. He’s supposedly not in the best health and rumor has it that he will be sent to a hospital facility where he can live out his final days. In other words he is heading for the last roundup. It would only be fitting that he be sent to Carswell which is in Fort Worth, Texas . Isn’t Texas the land of the last roundups?”
I went on to describe the medical facilities that he might be sent to. I asked, “Would they consider sending him to his home state where he could be close to family? That would be nice but I don’t think he’s the type of guy they’d go out of their way for, and on top of that, Whitey has no juice anymore so I’d rule that out.
What about sending him to Rochester, Minnesota? How far is Rochester from Waseca, MN. From what I can see the driving time over the 55 miles is less than an hour on U.S. 14 West. Now that would be a nice treat by the Bureau of Prisons if they have any romance left in it. Waseca is where Catherine Greig the girlfriend of Whitey is serving out her time. Then at least Whitey would end his days close to her. By the way, if Jim can last Catherine is due out in less than two years on 09/29/2020. The day of her release she could just pop over to see him.”
I then mentioned Butner in North Carolina noting “that may be where 85-year-old Frankie Salemme ends up since he too is heading for the last roundup. So we are left with wondering will it be the usual (Butner), the compassionate (Devens), the romantic (Rochester) or the Lone Star State.”
I noted: “I was sorry to see him leave Florida. I had written to him telling him I’d be in Florida over the winter and asked if he would see me. He didn’t answer. I took it for a no. Maybe I’ll try again if he gets to Devens if enough time remains for me to do it.”
I continued: “I learned about his transfer from the Globe and the Herald. The Globe continues with its nonsense writing “in the 1970s and 1980s . . . [he was] while running a sprawling criminal enterprise involved in gambling, extortion, and drug trafficking.” Never thought of South Boston as “sprawling.” The Herald had worse coverage. It interviewed Mary Callahan the wife of the late John Callahan. She said: “That means he’ll probably die in Oklahoma, He deserves it. You’re not supposed to wish bad for anybody. It’s hard not to in his case.”
Mary’s husband didn’t wish bad for anyone. He just arranged for an innocent business man to be murdered so that he could take over his business. Believe it or not, Ripley should hear this, John Callahan was determined to be a victim of Whitey and as his wife Mary got to share his loot with other victims. More than anything this showed the perversity of the Boston U.S. attorney’s office.
Whitey didn’t murder Mary’s husband. John Martorano did. But if anyone ever put himself in the position to be murdered it was John Callahan. He paid Martorano fifty thousand dollars to kill a business owner in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When Martorano thought Mary’s husband might finger him he did away with him..
If you hire hit men to kill people you should not be considered a victim. When you play with fire, we teach our kids, you may get burned. When you deal with hit men, you may get hit. It’s part of the risk. Too bad the Boston U.S. attorney couldn’t figure that out.”
I can now add, if you kill people, you may get killed.
There will be few tears shed over his departure. He pretty much was irrelevant at this time. He was nothing more than a small time hoodlum who got a big reputation, far bigger than he deserved, because of his connection to others and media hype which was swallowed by federal prosecutors in the same way they believed John Callahan was a victim.