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Monthly Archives: June 2012
Catherine Greig spent 16 years on the run with Whitey. Before that she spent a much longer time as his girl friend competing with Theresa Stanley. Catherine, as previously mentioned, has just been hit with an 8 year bit. She’ll get out in her late 60’s.
One thing for sure is if Whitey isn’t under the grass at that time he won’t be walking on it. He’ll still be in the can. His trial in Boston won’t start ’til next summer. It’ll take six months if it takes a day. J. Carney has a good two months of cross-examination of Weeks and Martorano just from the books they wrote. Then he’ll have at Howie Carr for a few days just for laughs.
That’ll take us into 2014. If Whitey beats the case then he has to go to Florida and Oklahoma to face murder charges. That adds another of couple of years. If he beats those and avoids the death penalty, he’ll still have to face gun charges on the West Coast. Assuming everything goes just right for Whitey and he beats everything then he’ll be out just before tripping into his nineties.
But we all know that Whitey can’t beat all the charges against him. I’m sure there’s one or two minor ones that the Feds threw in that he will get hooked on. When he does he’ll get the maximum.
Doesn’t Whitey know he’ll never see the street again except through the window of some prison transport van and there’s no grass in the exercise yard?
Greig could have made a deal to testify against Whitey in exchange for hitting the street. She didn’t because Whitey told her not to. Why?
I met him a couple of times. I always believed Tom was one of the best cops that went after Bulger. There was no question about his dedication and integrity.
He wrote a book Most Wanted. It mainly tells how the FBI went about undermining everything that he tried to do to catch Whitey. It is worth reading to get a feel for how out of control the FBI has been and continues to be.
We have a disagreement over one big event in his life when he was a young trooper. In fact, during the Wolf hearings he stood back when Flemmi testified to it when he knew was false. I hoped that he would address it.
He has never accepted that he was wrong when it came to this matter even though he suggests the FBI set him up. It may seem like a small thing in an otherwise very praiseworthy career but his persistence in suggesting the acquitted trooper Ivan was corrupt is just plainly wrong. It might be too much to expect him to really face up to how he was used by the FBI in that matter.
More to come on this.
I’ll discuss the American Justice system along with events relating to Whitey’s upcoming trial on Mondays.
2012: Catherine Greig: Sixty One Years Old – From South Boston. She pleads guilty to three counts of non violent crimes conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. Prior to this time she had no record and no known involvement in criminal activities. Known to be Whitey Bulger’s girlfriend.
Sentence: Eight Years in Prison
2004: Kevin Weeks: Forty Eight Years Old – from South Boston. He pleads guilty to indictments charging him with Racketeering Conspiracy, Racketeering, Extortion Conspiracy, Extortion, and Money Laundering Conspiracy. Prior to that time Weeks led a life of crime and admitted he had aided and abetted at least five murders. Known to be Whitey Bulger’s top deputy and strong arm thug.
Sentence: Six Years in Prison
O quam cito transit gloria mundi.
There are several books that have been written about the incidents involving Whitey. Some are good. Some not so. I’ll be commenting on them as we move along so that the record is kept straight. I’ll try to do that on Sundays.
I’ve mentioned Billy’s book White the Music Lasts. It was written at the time of the height of his power and influence, just as he was moving from being president of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate to president of the University of Massachusetts. Billy, the Classic’s scholar, must have forgotten it is a dangerous hill from which to write about oneself.
Billy lived in the Old Harbor Village as a kid. Like with many things the name of the place has been changed because some politician had the power to name it after a relative. The person with the power was John William McCormack the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1962 to 1971 who decided his mother’s name should be affixed to it. It is now McCormack Housing Project. The name always grated at me. I always preferred thinking of it as a village rather than a project.
Billy in his book tells about the cops looking for someone who broke a street light. That was a big event back in those days in the Village. The cops impounded the neighborhood basketball and wouldn’t release it until someone squealed on the culprit. All the kids who knew the miscreant’s identity were upset but kept their silence. The stalemate ended when another light was broken.
Billy explained why everyone remained silent. Referring to his Irish background he noted ”we loathed informers. It wasn’t a conspiratorial thing – Our folklore bled with the names of informers who had sold out their brethren to hangmen and worse in the lands of our ancestors.”
If that feeling of childhood continued we’d all have been better off. Whitey started as an informant in the early 1970’s. Like all informers Whitey felt he was an exception to the opprobrium attached to being an informant. But didn’t every informer that ever existed feel like that when he was undermining his friends and neighbors?
Whitey‘s lawyers fired first their first salvo. According to an article on Boston.com by Martin Finucane and Travis Andersen entitled “A License To Kill,” Whitey’s claiming he had a deal with the Feds that gave him to immunity for all his criminal actions.
Did he? A soon to be published book: “Don’t Embarrass The Family – The Trial of Whitey Bulger’s FBI Handler” tells about the immunity deal he alleged he had with the FBI and the deal the FBI said it had with him.
Don’t be so ready to scoff at Whitey’s claim. To decide this issue alone may take years since it strikes at the heart of the FBI’s long time customs and procedures. I wonder if Whitey’s lawyers truly realize how valid it may.
By the way for all those who think Whitey’s goose is cooked, the book says don’t count on it. Read it and see why.
(Picture of Whitey in leather jacket shows him facing Stevie Flemmi. The picture was taken by detectives in Quincy Police Captain Dave Rowell’s special unit that was a thorn in the side of Whitey for years. The original group was Rowell, Dick Bergeron, Bob Crowley, Peter Gallagher and Paul Snow)