Good Bye To Southie: Back to Oskaloo

(1) South BostonWhitey finally wrote the true book about his life. I’m not talking about the soon to be published book written by one of his relatives which will be more a diatribe than the truth. I’m talking about the one which comes out from a person’s behavior; the one we see which is summed up by the expression “your actions speak so loudly I can hardly hear what you are saying.’” I’m talking about the book he wrote yesterday by his actions where he showed us what he is made of.

C & B, (J.W. Carney and Hank Brennan) two skilled lawyers along with their very capable staff put aside all their other business and labored day and night to assist Whitey in his defense. Deep down they knew it was all for naught – there was no way Whitey would ever beat the multitude of charges against him. Yet, unbowed by this knowledge, they sought out and advanced legal theory after legal theory to try to bring about the impossible. Even had they done so, Whitey would still be facing the death penalty in both Florida and Oklahoma, gun charges in federal court in California, and probably murder charges in Massachusetts where, strangely, he (or for that matter some of his cohorts) has yet to be indicted for murder .

C&B knew this. They knew Whitey would never be free. Yet like Sisyphus they pushed each day until exhaustion to gain some type of relief for one of the most undeserving of humans. C&B knew that even if they could have proven that Jeremiah O’Sullivan gave Whitey a wand that he could wave so that no matter what federal crimes he committed the federals could never prosecute him, the other sovereigns such as Florida, Oklahoma and Massachusetts would not be bound by it.

But a bigger problem facing C&B, much more difficult than trying to show Whitey could murder whoever he wanted without consequences, is that any smidgen of sympathy anyone had for Whitey it had to have vanished yesterday. The man truly personifies vile evilness. So no matter what legal errors were made in his trial, no judge sworn to uphold the law would ever find them sufficient to reverse his conviction. We all knew, and Whitey must know, the sentence he gets today will be forever undisturbed.

He is as close to a disciple of the Devil as we will ever see. As you may know the day he was born had the hottest temperature ever for that date in recorded history. It has been suggested that was because the Devil came up from Hell and left one of his disciples here on earth.

Whitey’s goose was cooked when in June 2011 clever FBI agents lured him away from his well supplied redoubt in Santa Monica and put him under arrest. He knew then, or should have known, he would die in prison. Almost two and a half years have passed since then and Whitey has been afforded at the great expense to the taxpayer the best defense available to any person. What then does Whitey think of all this?

Yesterday I wrote how C&B said Whitey believes his trial was a sham. We are supposed to accept that his puerile actions in court yesterday, not looking at the relatives of his victims who spoke of the harm he caused and his refusal to say other than “no” when asked by Judge Casper if he had anything to say, were a show of his disdain. Far from that, however, what they do is give us a glimpse into the blackness of his soul. What kind of man is it who thinks after all the efforts expended on him and after living a life filled with vile crimes that he has been wronged?

Even if his demented reasoning could justify his taking the lives of people, wouldn’t you expect some sort of expressed contrition from him? Yet. Devil-like, none came.

In his mind he is the victim. He suggests he has been unfairly treated. Like his fellow murderer Martorano he must believe all those he murdered he had the right to kill and his victims deserved to die. Rather than own up to his evil acts, express his sorrow to those he harmed, and leave us attempting to grasp a straw of dignity he boorishly laments his self-made fate..

Sitting in the court located on the edge of South Boston he did what no true Southie man would do which is to sit down when he should have stood up. He should have in his final hours in the area where he wielded such power gone out with head held high. A true man would have stood up and shouted out “I did it my way,” expressed sorrow for the harm he caused and accepted his punishment. Instead we will see him shuffle out of court mumbling to himself “unfair, unfair, oh woe is me, these people are so unfair.”

What a way to leave Southie!  Maybe, after all, Whitey was “the guy from Oskaloo.”



  1. Having read the book “Rico” by two former FBI agents, I believe Paul Rico was framed as well as John Connolly, and both were fingered by the lying serial killer/serial perjurer Steve Flemmi on the eve of his trial, likely conviction and execution. In 2002 or 2003, as I recall, was when he began “recalling” conversations he had with Rico and Connolly in the 1970s and early 1980s.

    • Who wrote the book “Rico”? Are you saying that you think John Connolly is NOT guilty of corruption and the things that got him thrown in jail because Steve Flemmi lied? Personally I have no idea how anyone could take Steve Flemmi testimony as truthful or valid. I mean in a “he say, he say” scenario who could dispute what Flemmi says? Aslo which of the books on Whitey Bulger have you enjoyed? I thought BLACK MASS was excellent. I just finished a book by Tom Foley. It was good but I prefered BLACK MASS.

  2. Any questions?

    see link for full story
    The FBI Doesn’t Want You To Know Why It Won’t Tell You Its Secrets


    The FBI is going long to keep its secret files on animal rights activists a secret: It is fighting public records requests about why it keeps denying public records requests.

    It’s a deeply meta strategy that’s also like the set-up for an Abbott and Costello routine — but to Ryan Shapiro, the MIT doctoral candidate profiled in Mother Jones on Wednesday as “the punk rocker who can liberate your FBI file,” it’s nothing new.

    For years, Shapiro and the agency have engaged in a tug-of-war over how many records the FBI will release to enable his academic research on the history of the animal rights movement. Since 2010, Shapiro has barraged the agency with records requests. He says he now has roughly 600 records requests open and is fighting for the release of 350,000 pages of files — which likely makes him the agency’s most prolific requester (or tormentor).

    The federal Freedom of Information Act is supposed to force bureaucracies to reveal upon request the records their tax dollars have paid for. But agencies — particularly the FBI — often fight releases for months or years.

    So transparency advocates are forced to go to court. In one of his five ongoing lawsuits against the FBI, Shapiro wants to force the agency to turn over the “search slips” it produces when it slow-walks his records requests.

    “Basically you can file on a [Freedom of Information Act request] — you can FOIA a FOIA — and it gives you insight into how an analyst handles your request,” said Jason Leopold, a journalist at Al Jazeera America who often collaborates with Shapiro because Shapiro is so adept at navigating the bureaucratic hurdles the agency throws up. The search slips, Leopold said, often provide “the additional information as a reporter I can use to turn the request into a story.”

    The FBI, for its part, claims that releasing the search slips would reveal sensitive law enforcement techniques. Shapiro is playing connect-the-dots, but the agency considers it quite dangerous: Mother Jones reported that in a court filing responding to a separate lawsuit, the agency claimed releasing his requests could create a “mosaic” of information that could “significantly and irreparably damage national security.”

    “This is flatly absurd. Sadly though, it’s not surprising,” Shapiro said of the FBI’s resistance to his FOIA of FOIAs.

    The FBI declined to comment on the lawsuit to The Huffington Post.

    Shapiro’s lawsuit is ongoing, and it is not clear when the judge overseeing the case might issue a ruling. The FBI has been slow to provide an explanation of how releasing the search slips might jeopardize law-enforcement techniques.

    So for now, even the FBI’s logic behind keeping secrets about its secrets is secret.

  3. Matt: I always thought Paul Rico was murdered.
    Any thoughts about that? I suspect Whitey will have a short shelf life.
    Thought you might like to see what happened when I googled
    FBI agent in the news
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    FBI agent gets 140 months for information leaks, child porn charges
    Don Sachtleben pleaded guilty to charges

    INDIANAPOLIS – A former FBI agent from Carmel was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of leaking national security information and child pornography.

    Don Sachtleben, 55, was sentenced to 140 months in prison plus 10 years of supervised release.

    Sachtleben took full responsibility for leaking classified information to a national reporter, including sensitive details about a bomb recovered in a thwarted Al-Qaeda plot.

    “Information like this gives up techniques and procedures that our enemies use to hurt us,” FBI Special Agent Bob Jones said. “So anytime somebody knows that this is what we do to prevent something like that, it gives them the advantage.”

    Sachtleben also admitted to distributing child pornography. He had more than 600 images of minors under the age of 12 at his Carmel home. Officials said he shared pictures of 19 of the victims with people around the world.

  4. Here is the source of Ortiz’s statement: Ray Sanchez and Kristina Squeglia, BULGER GETS 2 LIFE SENTENCES PLUS 5 YEARS, CNN.COM, November 14, 2013,

  5. Dear Matt,

    I have a question and a comment for you. The question is, which family member do you believe will be penning a book about the untold story of James Bulger, and do you have any predictions about what details such a book may contain, if it is indeed forthcoming?

    The comment is that I am concerned about U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s designation of James Bulger as a “terrorist.” She stated unequivocally: “The myth, the legend, the saga of James Bulger is now finally over…Mr. Bulger, who spent 16 years on the FBI’s most-wanted list, fleeing from his crimes, was a terrorist and is a terrorist. He terrorized individuals that crossed his path, a path that was driven by his desire for power, for greed and ambition.”

    In m academic exploits, I completed coursework relating to terrorism; one course was all about terrorism. As we consider the definition of terrorism, it is “a political act.” While it may come in many forms, terrorism is violence committed for a political purpose. Key to that definition is what is effectively a “mens rea” issue — what is the motive and what is the purpose? Is it political in nature? I find this reference from the State of Delaware to be useful:

    From there we also note as follows: “There are six basic components to all terrorism. Terrorism is (1) an intentional and (2) rational (3) act of violence to (4) cause fear (5) in the target audience or society (6) for the purpose of changing behavior in that audience or society. Terrorism is a political act, the goal of which is to make a change. The terrorist is not driven by personal desires or ambitions.”

    Was James Bulger motivated by “personal desires or ambitions” or not? If he was, he is not a terrorist. While I respect the high office which U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz holds and recognize her aggressive prosecution of various criminal offenses, both big and small — albeit, controversial at time — it is important to note for the record that, by definition, James Bulger IS NOT a terrorist. That is a statement of fact, not opinion. He may be a convicted murderer, but he is not a terrorist.

    Thank you, Matt, for your thoughts. I am curious to hear any predictions you may have in reference to my question.


    • Before Matt replies, you’re Right, Jay: Whitey was not a “terrorist”; Ortiz doesn’t know what she’s talking about: she’s corrupting the English language and the generally used meanings of the word terrorist. Terrorism is a political act as we understand it. Whitey was a small scale common criminal killer sociopath. So were Martorano and Flemmi, too, who arguably were worse than Whitey and who are probably unremorseful psychopaths, vile, mentally deranged killers. The three aren’t “terrorists”; they’re serial killers, career criminals, gangsters, serial perjurers, psychopaths, sociopaths, etc. The Boston Marathon Bombers were terrorists.

    • Jay:

      From a source who should know it will be either one of Whitey’s nieces who is writing the book (although it may be a nephew). I have no idea what it will contain other than his warped view of the world. I am beginning to have doubts that the book will see the light of day if it is written by anyone in his family. The victims of Whitey’s actions who have outstanding claims in the millions against him will go after any profits from the book. No reputable publisher will want the hassle. I’m not sure any court is going to allow Whitey to avoid the forfeiture penalties by having a family member do what he couldn’t do. That will be interesting to watch

      As for Carmen Ortiz, she’s not the brightest bulb on the marquee and her wrong use of the word terrorist to describe Whitey does discredit to her position. Following her logic, when the FBI located him in his Santa Monica apartment we could have had a drone send a missile into it. What shows the ineptness of her statement is if what she said is true then her office is responsible for placing terrorists on the streets of Boston like Martorano and Weeks and it has also joined in partnerships with terrorists like Steve Flemmi. Loose words sink ships and Carmen’s ship is going down since she is way over her head in the job.

      • Dear Matt,

        Your observations make clear that surely James Bulger, were he a terrorist, could have been indefinitely detained at some undisclosed location, or even at Guantanamo Bay, thereby saving great taxpayer expense. Or, as you indicate, he theoretically could have been quickly terminated from above. While your imagery may seem ludicrous to some, you are exactly right — had he been a terrorist, he could have been detained as an “enemy combatant” and you so pointedly distinguish the treatment of other “terrorists” like Weeks and Martorano, which the Government has willfully released back into society as the lesser of evils.

        Your comments really place things into perspective; under that same reasoning, with such an expanded definition, anyone can become a terrorist. Some could even argue that the FBI has terrorists in its ranks as well — such as John Connolly. What about Paul Rico or Morris? Surely they were terrorists as well. Yet it is no slippery slope, because the definition of terrorist clearly DOES NOT apply to James Bulger. To be frank, I am disappointed with U.S. Attorney Ortiz in her choice of words, and I believe that she should issue a correction or clarification addressing this, because she has misinformed us by expanding the definition of “terrorist” to include anyone convicted of murder.

        I have great respect for the high office of U.S. Attorney, and it is for that very reason that I believe a retraction should be issued.


  6. Dear Jerome,

    There is an interesting U.S. District Court of Massachusetts case which discusses that very issue — whether the experimental conditions to which James Bulger was subjected actually predisposed him to violence and particularly, to murder. That case was filed by a Plaintiff named Jon, who reported himself to be a graduated of Yale University’s MPH program to which he switched after initially enrolling in medical school there. One attorney associated with that case was “William Connolly” — perhaps the same gentleman who is known to comment here from time to time?

    You may wish to consult that case for more information. The voluminous exhibit tabs of that case file includes ongoing correspondence with the office of then-Senator Ted Kennedy in a program to address drug addiction and specifically, crack heroin. I found that case file to be very interesting. Unfortunately, its caption escapes me at the moment. Jon also claimed to be a witness to one of the murders discussed during the trial.

    Good luck on your research!


    • Jay: You’re Wrooong. I,, William Connolly, wasn’t “associated” with Jon Steuen Parker’s case. Jon is a personal friend of mine who did study at Yale Medical and Yale Public Health and who has done heroic work in helping drug addicts and AIDs victims throughout his life. Jon is a courageous man who has taken on the establishment and tried to help the poorest of the poor. I, William Connolly, did not represent Jon. I represented the Veterans in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade csse along with Chester Darling (lead counsel) Dwight Duncan and Paul Walkowski. Paul and I wrote the definite book on the Parade Case: “From Trial Court to the United States Supreme Court: Anatomy of a Free Speech Case” Branden 1995. We won a unanimous (9-0) verdict from SCOTUS against the corrupt Massachusetts judiciary and legal community. Like Jon Parker, I studied Medicine at Georgetown and Public Health at Harvard and as a Commissioned Officer (Navy Lt-03)in the US Public Health Service worked at the National Institute on Drug Abuse within the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration; Like Jon I spent a lot of time working with and helping heroin addicts and other substance abusers throughout my adult life. Jon has posted frequently here about his suit against the FEDs and the corruption of the FBI/DOJ. Jon and I both agree that the FEDs miserably have failed us, the citizens of Boston, along many fronts. We’ve independently written and independently spoken out against indifference and corruption in the FEDs for many years.

      • Thanks for clarifying that, Mr. William Connolly.

        I saw your name mentioned on some documents in that case file and while it was voluminous, thank you for clarifying that you did not have any involvement in your attorney capacity. There was some mentioned of a nonprofit organization for which Jon served as Executive Director and if you had any association with that organization (National AIDS Action or something of that sort), then perhaps your name came across in that context.

        When I said “associated” I did not intent to suggest that you offered any representation; only that you are an attorney, and I saw “William Connolly” somewhere in the case documents. Perhaps this is a common name and there is another gentleman with the same name who was mentioned. However, you are clearly very familiar with that case, and thank you for providing details about Jon’s name — that was the overall purpose.

        Thank you for clarifying your lack of involvement in representing Jon in that case; perhaps you were mentioned in your own public health capacity with that nonprofit, or perhaps there is another with your same name. I do not recall which specific documents had your name — I believe they were the ones relating to the nonprofit based in Roxbury, I believe.

        Thank you again for shedding light on that most interesting case.


        • Jay, the AIDs Brigade’s headquarters were on West Broadway in South Boston. My personal lifelong friend Tom Tucker was also a longtime friend of Jon and thought very highly of, boasting of his good work and self-sacrifice. All three of us, Jon, Tom and I, worked together in trying to help addicts from our neighborhoods. Tom and I were from Savin Hill—Tom passed away in 2004—and Jon was from Fields Corner, practically next-door neighborhoods in Dorchester. I knew a lot of the guys and gals who worked for the National Aids Brigade, which helped thousands upon thousands of people struggling with addictions up and down the East Coast. Jon also brought AIDs medicines to Africa and visited Vietnam with Tom Tucker, a Vietnam Combat Veteran, an army radioman, in their efforts to help educate and treat substance abusers along many fronts. I also accompanied Jon when he was being interviewed by a BBC team regarding international drug trafficking. We met the BBC reporters/cameramen at a hotel in Cambridge. I thought we were going to be famous, but apparently we ended up on the editor’s cutting floor.

          • Dear William,

            Thanks so much for providing some more information about your own background and experiences, not only during your advocacy work as an attorney but also in advancing the field of public health with these close colleagues and friends. I am sorry to hear about the passing off Tom and glad to hear that Jon is still alive and well — and still doing a lot judging by his past work. It sounds like the three of you saved many lives and your admiration for both of those men is well-noted. The National AIDS Brigade — that’s what it was; thank you for jogging my memory! Rather than adopting a political solution as other groups like Kramer’s ACT UP in New York, it sounds like National AIDS Brigade did a lot of work on the ground and specifically abroad as well. It sounds more like an “International AIDS Brigade.” Anecdotes like this also help to illuminate what is clearly a lifelong passion for advancing the community which you bring to the discussion table here.

            Thank you for that — it is inspiring.


  7. You answered my questions regarding Whitey not attempting to kill Weeks and Martorano. Thanks

    One thing I dont understand about Whitey (or about any mobster/criminal) is when did he KNOW he had the ability to kill/murder someone? He was much older before his first kill. Compared to Steve Flemmi and Flemmi brother how did Whitey KNOW he could actually kill someone? Do you think his 9 years in prison further desensitized him towards others? Is that ability something people are born with? It kind of goes into the nature vs nurture argument regarding being evil. I know you say Whitey is evil and I cant argue with that at all

    • Jerome:

      Another good question. Tommy Sperrazza who my office prosecuted for murdering two young women in Quincy and who the FBI and DOJ took out of prison to assist them in an attempt to get another person and who used to sign his letters from prison “Manson” told one of the state cops I knew that “once you kill your first person the rest are easy.”
      Telling you that is not answering the question which you ask is how do you do your first murder. It seems to me that you, like me, have difficulty understanding that. And what we are discussing is not the murders committed in times of great passion that often arise in relationships or those murders conducted by people suffering from mental illness of impairment by reason of ingesting a substance, but a premeditated, planned murder, as we’ve seen in this case
      With Whitey I tend to think that being around gangsters all the time, especially in prisons like Alcatraz, give one a warped view of life. Prisons are the places where the worst people in society assemble and one cannot spend 9 years there without some sort of adverse effect.
      Whitey’s first murder that I know of was that of Donald McGonagle. He did that in a drive by shooting with Billy O’Sullivan mistaking Donald for his brother Paulie. Following that Whitey sat next to Billy when he fired a bullet into Buddy Roache and then learned of the murders of Billy O’Sullivan and his boss Donald Killeen. After that he was in the background in a crash car, if Martorano is to be believed, when four more murders happened.
      My best figuring with Whitey is by this time it seemed not to hard to take another person’s life – he and Stevie, who was well versed in murdering people, next machine gunned Eddie Connors in a phone booth. Now he was fully into killing since this might have been the first one where he saw the results of his work. Having that under his belt he was there when Martorano fired a bullet into the head of Tommy King. He then felt capable of doing it himself and murdered Buddy Leonard and after that he had no trouble.’
      I’m not sure whether this is something you have in you from the git go or you develop it. I know from Martorano’s book they all justify what they did as being necessary for their survival.
      I guess the short answer is that I really can’t figure out how someone would plan to take someone else’s life outside of the situation where strong emotions override the rational judgment.
      Good question. Sorry I can’t come up with a better answer.

      • Thank you for the excellent and well thought out reply. I can only speak for myself but part of the interest in this case and similar mobsters and cases is that I just can not see HOW someone could kill someone in cold blood simply for profit. I asked a court clerk about Martarano testimony and he told me that when Martarano described doing a killing its like someone else describing making a sandwich or tying their shoelaces. Matter of factly, with absolutely no remorse, no emotion, and flat. And you are right, most people can understand when people snap, have mental illness, or certain crimes of passions…But murder among gangsters is really similar to serial killers…In my opinion..

        What fascinates me about Whitey Bulger is how “easily” he dropped his criminal acts once on the run. There are no indications he killed again. He switched all that OFF.

        I also heard from a source that the first kill for a “gangster” is usually because they are faced with some serious prison time and so “need” to eliminate a person or face a long stretch in prison. I am sure that to Whitey Bulger he had very valid and rational reasons WHY he just had to kill someone. Although Howie Carr takes shots here(justifiably so) one thing I learned from the book HITMAN was that murder is almost par for teh course in the criminal underworld, ESPECIALLY when dealing with the mafia and criminal gangs. There were so many murders in those Irish Gang wars it almost seems like it something one HAS to face either as a perpetrator or as a victim. Got or Be Got!

        Its too bad that Whitey doesnt write an honest book about his life and choices. Maybe sociopaths are incapable of that. For example, why in the world would he return to a life of crime after having spent 9 years in some of the toughest, coldest, and darkest prisons? I can only speculate but maybe just maybe his brother and relationship with John Connolly were able to give him a “false sense of security”? I mean his crimes were even more serious than robbing banks. I dont know anywhere as much as fellow writers here but maybe e-cons returning to a life of crime is the ordinary and not the unordinary

  8. It would seem that the WHOLE TRUTH regarding the corruption by the FBI will never be known. Its still mind boggling and a hard pill to swallow regarding using high level mafia members as informants. There is a book by Peter Lance that goes into great detail about Gregory Scarpa who was a mobster/informant in New york City. I know you are not a big fan of Howie Carr at all but his book HITMAN , with all its inaccuracies, still shows how cold, callous, empty, and dark being a criminal is working for the mafia. It seems no man ever escapes being murdered or in jail for a long time. These men are the sharks that live amongst society.

    Your blog did a great job of putting things in better perspective

    • Howie Carr is a reputation murdering shark who lives among us and who mocks the dead and mocks murder victims and honors killers such as his friend Martorano who Howie calls “Johnny” and invites on his radio show and t.v. appearances. Carr’s thrown mud and stones at more innocent persons and mocked more murder victims than any human being in history. Nothing he writes is credible and his “sources” are known perjurers.

      • OK. Are there any other books that discuss and explain the Irish Gang Wars? Howie Carr book HITMAN was the only book I could find that discussed that whole history. I am currently reading Tom Foley book MOST WANTED and then will read DEADLY ALLIANCE. Thanks

    • Jerome:
      Hitman is a fascinating book for showing how a man as depraved as Martorano can still believe he was justified in murdering all those people and can state that he believes he is a good man. I find Carr’s abiity to befriend a person like Martorano something I could just not do. My main complaint with Carr is his long term defamation of Billy Bulger done solely for the purpose of building his audience and lining his pockets with money. Carr doesn’t realize how similar he is to Whitey and that’s why he’s so attracted to his story – they both loved money more than anything else. Its their god. And once you start believing that is your god, then one does all things possible to accrue it even murder of a person or a person’s reputation.

      • I agree. What made HITMAN a fast and compelling read was that Martorano was able to spin each murder in a way where one could “understand” why he did it. But where we may differ is I think when a man decides to enter that dark underworld of crime he MUST be prepared to face the fact that he could be killed. In my opinion the MOST psycho-pathic among the psycho-paths are usually the ones who get to one guy before another. Not every criminal is capable of committing murder and unfortunately many criminals get in over their head. What makes Steve Flemmi, his brother, John Martorano etc the MOST dangerous? Well they are the killers so odds are they will last longer…In HITMAN when reads about another killer in the underworld getting killed by Martorano its hard to feel sorry for him. the real tragedy is when a man like Roger Wheeler is killed. Or the man that was with Brian Halloran in the car was killed. I think most people dont feel as sorry for Brian Halloran being killed because he had murdered someone himself…

        HITMAN to me shows that once you get in that underworld you cant be “shocked” when someone pulls out a gun to blast at you.

  9. OK. I understand better just how difficult it would have been to meet a new woman (women)and at the same time keep a low profile. A new woman wants to go out, maybe introduce him to her friends, take trips etc and at some point he would have gotten paranoid. Catherine knew the extent of him keeping a low profile. I understand better why it would have been so difficult for him to leave the country especially if all (most) of his money is in the United States

    Can you explain though why Whitey didnt have the “foresight” to kill/murder Kevin Weeks, Steve Flemmi, and John Martorano? As brutal as that sounds wouldnt Whitey have considered that once he knew he was about to go on the lam or even when he was on the lam. He couldnt get to Steve Flemmi because he was jailed but Weeks and Martorano were still roaming the streets. From Whitey Bulger history I am surprised there was ANYONE who could have ever testified against him. There is so much double crossing among criminals…That aspect just doesnt make sense to me

    Also, Is DEADLY ALLIANCE still the best book on Whitey in your opinion?

  10. There are 2 other parts of the story I dont understand

    1. Why would Whitey continue to stay with Catherine Grieg and NOT cut all ties with her when he went on the run?

    2. Why didnt Whitey move out of the United States and chose to stay in Santa Monica?

    It seems to me that he would have never been found if he cut ties with Catherine Grieg and moved out of the country. I say this partly because I dont think the FBI was sincerely making a strong effort to catch him. I believe once Osama bin Laden was eliminated and Whitey moved to place No.1 on the FBI most wanted then he became a public nightmare (even more than before when he was No.2 for years)

    Can anyone shed light on some of my questions. Thanks

    • Jerome:


      1. “There’s a song “when a man needs a woman” which goes far in explaining it. Whitey trusted few people and Catherine was one he could rely on. He needed someone to feed him and take care of his other needs. He wasn’t in the position to go out an find a new woman since he could never guarantee someone he knew would stick by him or not be an aggravation. Plus, he says he loved her so if you believe that throw that into the equation.

      2. I figured he was stuck because of passport issues. He didn’t have one and neither did Catherine. He could have gone to Mexico but he’d have stood out there. He also might have figured keeping a low profile in the US where he’d be comfortable and not stand out, that of course was the reason for the beard, would make him as safe as in any other place. Add to that, most of his money was probably hidden in the US. After 9/11 it would have been impossible for him to get out.

      You’re right about the FBI making a tepid effort to catch him. This was because when he was caught the whole bloody mess of the FBI’s involvement with him would come up. The FBI likes to let a lot of water run under the bridge to wash away its embarrassments. He did a good job in staying away for 16 years until he got into his 80s. Perhaps it all boils down to the idea he was a Southie guy at heart and couldn’t exist in one of those foreign environments where he would have been safer. He had his friends and contacts in the US and didn’t want to give those up.

  11. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge about this trial and dark history in Boston. What I would like to know is the following

    1. What could possibly be the reasons why Whitey appears so weak, tired, and as Kevin Weeks said “didnt have that spark anymore” and looked beaten and “not himself”? Is it simply old age, even though Whitey is supposedly a non-drinker and non-smoker and health nut regarding exercise?

    2. One thing I never understood is why Whitey never attempted to kill/murder Kevin Weeks nor John Martorano when he was on the run. It has already been documented that Whitey was not your “average” criminal and planned 2 or 3 steps ahead based on his reading of history and war books. Clearly , knowing of other mafia members turning states evidence etc didnt it cross his mind that the Feds could get to Weeks and Martorano? Doesnt this imply that there were people he did care about and has some humane qualities?

    I think Whitey is not capable of showing remorse nor compassion for his victims families because he is a sociopath. And I agree with a key point. In his mind he has been able to rationalize ALL the crimes he did and the murders he committed. This is NOT something unique to Whitey. It is a human condition ALL people do when they do wrong, get caught, or get in trouble. It does not excuse Whitey at all but I am not surprised by his behavior when the victims read their impact statements

    Finally it would be great if you wrote a book that shows the TRUTH that the other Whitey books have failed to deliver

    • Jerome:

      1. He’s 84 and confined to a lighted cell for 23 hours a day being fed prison food with little chance to exercise he slowly because of these had his energy slip away; then add to that he knows he’ll never get out of prison and all that is ahead for him is a jail cell with similar restrictions that he faced they all have a cumulative effect on him. Plus, he’s had a couple of medical episodes around his heart so that too may compound things.

      2. Good question. I always thought he’d get the news he had some type of fatal disease and he would come back to Boton to take revenge on those people. During the trial I spoke with Stippo Rakes and he told me a story how Whitey came back to the L Street Bathhouse shortly after he fled looking for him. Martorano was arrested sometime in 1995 and he was in prison up until around 2008 so there was no way Whitey could get at him; Weeks was Whitey’s contact up until he was arrested in the late ’90s and then he spent time in prison again preventing Whitey from hiting him.
      Whitey was not your average criminal in the sense he tried to plan things out, was very disciplined, worked out all the time, always tried to stay on top of what was happening, etc. Once he fled in 1995 Whitey knew the federals already had a case against him for extotion and money laundering. The murder charges which were brought because of Martorano’s and Weeks’s cooperation came in 1999. He knew once he was caught even the original charges would put him in prison forever. He may have figured that nothing would be gained by killing either Weeks or Martorano which may have put him at further risk.
      For me it says nothing about his humanity, Whitey only cared for what was good for Whitey. He might have given money on occassion to a good cause but he figured that might help him. Whitey would have killed Martorano and Weeks if he figured it would have benefited him and he could have done it with little risk.

      Whitey is a sociopath and nothing he does surprises me. I did not really expect he would do other than he did because he truly believes he is the victim in this saga and can’t figure out why those other people who lost their loved ones don’t understand he didn’t get a fair trial and sympathize with him.

      I’d lke to write a book. I have a title: “Boston Betrayed” and I’ve got a lot to do to make it into a reality. There is much left out by others and even some highly contradictory statements by most of them which they don’t even seem to realize – consistency not being one of their qualities.

      Thanks for writing and the interest.