My friend Brendan B used to say to me: “I was born at night but not last night.” In going along willy-nilly with some of the testimony I’ve heard without properly considering it sometimes I think I was born last night.
Here’s one thing I was bothered by after writing about Murderman Martorano and recalling his testimony. I couldn’t put my finger on it until today. I told how Murderman Martorano testified in a multiple hearsay manner saying that Whitey said John Connolly said Billy Bulger said Connolly should keep Whitey out of trouble. I told how the newspapers sang with glee in their next day headlines about this testimony suggesting that it apparently implicate Billy in Whitey’s criminal enterprise.
One reason offered by Murderman for Connolly wanting to help Whitey was that Billy helped Connolly get into Boston College (BC). Connolly entered BC in 1958. He graduated from a Catholic High school in Boston which back in the ’50s usually meant no one had to help your get into BC. I’ve already pooh poohed the idea of Billy helping him because Billy was just entering law school himself. There is strong reason to believe Billy didn’t even know Connolly back then because from all I know about their neighborhood I can’t see how they would have known each other. If you know anything about Old Harbor Village I wouldn’t have to explain this. But that’s for another day.
Here’s what I want to talk about today. I (and others) have not stopped to consider this. If Whitey was so loosed tongued about his brother Billy being involved in his criminal exploits, why haven’t we heard this from any of other gangsters, or even from Murderman himself who should be able to tell us other things Whitey said about Billy. We’ve heard nothing else from them or him relative to this.
Weeks was Whitey’s constant companion, surely he told him something but neither in his testimony or his book does he suggest any such thing. So too Stevie Flemmi who was Whitey’s partner, he testified in Florida and I’ve heard nothing about him saying Whitey told him anything about Billy. Add in FBI agent John Morris who wined and dined regularly with Whitey who had nothing to add.
In my book Don’t Embarrass The Family I mentioned how I went up to Connolly during the dark days of his trial and suggested that it looked to me like the feds were trying to squeeze him to get something against Billy. Connolly said Billy’s a man of integrity. Think of that, Connolly, a guy who had never been to prison but has been there for ten years and may spend the rest of his life in prison could walk out the door at any time if he had something on Billy. He doesn’t.
Neither have any of the other gangsters. Truth be told there is nothing there but it still does not stop the feds from looking. Not only looking, doing whatever it can to damage Billy’s reputation by leaking grand jury minutes.
That’s why Murderman Martorano’s tale of Whitey saying Connolly said Billy said is absolutely made up. Whitey and Billy had no relationship outside of being brothers. If Billy had ever said something like that to Connolly then Whitey would not be telling his gangster buddies about it. Whitey would not be saying things to put his brother in the jackpot. But this one nonsensical statement is accorded a high level of credence by a media starving to find out something bad on Billy and it is repeated over and over again.
Murderman Martorano said if Whitey didn’t explain why he was meeting with Connolly to the Winter Hill Mob that’d be the end of him if someone saw him talking to an FBI agent. That makes no sense in light of what we know. Murderman didn’t tell us that Stevie Flemmi had to get the clearance to talk to the FBI. He had been doing it since the early Sixties. Stevie wasn’t worried someone might have seen him so why would Whitey have been? By the way, Murderman knew nothing about Stevie talking until Stevie outed himself.
The hearsay evidence given by Murderman explains all you need to know about the problem with hearsay information, there is no reliability to it. Anyone can say X (Billy) told Y (Connolly) who told Z (Whitey) who told me (Murderman). How does one begin to cross-examine such a person about the statement. How do you ever prove it is false other than by putting out how absurd it would be in light of the other things we know, as I have done.
But what I’ve done by noting no other gangster said anything like this or that Connolly himself suggested it never happened is difficult to show at trial because to do it you’d have to bring in a bevy of witnesses and you’d end up trying another issue. Rather than dealing with the case against Connolly you’d be litigating Murderman’s credibility. No judge would let the case get that far away from the issue.
The point is even the most blatant hearsay of Murderman can be shown to be false when it is compared to the big picture. It is also to show how wrong it is for such hearsay to be admissible in court because it is totally unreliable.