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Monthly Archives: August 2012
I’ve been running on about the case in Florida where John Connolly was convicted of murder by gun of John Callahan, but I don’t think I’ve ever given the facts about that case so you can decide for yourselves what his criminal liability is and what would be a fair punishment. A Florida state jury heard just about the same evidence as jury in Boston heard. The Boston jury acquitted him of obstruction of justice in Callahan’s death.
John Callahan was a Bain-type businessman who had a penchant for hanging around with hoodlums. He was the president of World Jai Alai in Miami. Jai Alai is a game where men use basket-like gloves to whip a small ball at speeds of 200 to 300 mph against walls trying to earn points. (Google gives you a good description) People bet fairly substantial sums on the outcome of games. Working for John Callahan was Paul Rico a retired FBI agent who had and deserved a bad reputation for being somewhat crooked.
Martorano inundates us with his stories of how he murdered twenty people. Like all thugs, he justifies all his killings. You see he was mostly killing and testifying against rats. Martorano tells us he did this because he learned from the nuns at St. Agatha’s school in Milton that the worst person in the bible is Judas Iscariot “who sold out his Savior for forty pieces of silver.” So as Martorano figured it “it was his obligation, dammit” to kill these people and testify against them.
He suggests the nuns at St. Agatha would have understood. Most if not all of those nuns have now passed on. Knowing Martorano he would have tried to make a deal with the feds to give them up as accessory before the fact to murder. After all Connolly was prosecuted for putting the suggestion in Whitey’s ear that Callahan would not stand up to FBI questioning and when Callahan was murdered Connolly was convicted of murdering him; it follows that the nuns put the bug in Martorano’s ear that rats killed his Savior so whenever Martorano killed a rat they stood a chance of being convicted of one or more the Martorano’s many murders.
As you’ll read in my book “Don’t Embarrass The Family” I attended the trial of John Connolly because I never could figure out why the feds indicted John Naimovich the Massachusetts State Trooper. I thought as part of the trial they’d be a discussion of that case. It never happened.
The reason for this is that the trial was strange in one respect, neither side wanted to get into much of what went on in the FBI. It seemed the government strategy was to pretend that only Connolly was to blame for the existence of Whitey and Stevie and limit its case to things surrounding those individuals. In defending himself, Connolly didn’t want to open up the bag of worms by painting the FBI in a bad light fearing that if he made the Bureau look bad he would make himself look bad.
FBI Agent John Connolly is well on the way to spending the rest of his life in jail. Connolly as we all know was the handler of Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi. When this became known to the public, a general uproar occurred over the idea that these two top gangsters could be FBI informants. Everyone in the FBI from the top to the bottom, from the Director to the file clerks in the Boston office, knew Whitey was an informant. When the public demanded an answer for what appeared to be a horrendous decision of protecting two men engaged in many murders and unable to deny that it happened, the FBI went into overdrive to protect itself. It threw Connolly to the angry mob, in effect saying Connolly had become a rouge agent. The FBI vowed that this would never happen again. The FBI hoped that Connolly would be forgotten and that the public would forget it had made this huge error and it could return to business as usual, using top criminals as informants and protecting them.
James “Whitey” Bulger has been in prison for a little more than a year. He was locked up at age 81 and within a month he’ll have his 83rd birthday. He’s smart enough to know that there is no way that he’ll ever get out of prison unless he escapes. (Wouldn’t that be a great career ending move?)
If he bests the government in his 19-murder trial in Boston, a very dubious prospect, he’s off to the hell hole prisons of Oklahoma and Florida to face murder charges in those death penalty states. If he beats those, which is unlikely seeing the result in the case of FBI agent John Connolly, he’ll be in his late 80s. Then he’ll face the rock solid gun charges out in California or some other charges that will insure he’ll never shed his orange jump suit.
It follows from the theme of the last two days dealing with former agent John Connolly that we should discuss the book of an ASAC who was his boss from 1981 through 1986, Robert Fitzpatrick, who wrote Betrayal. I’ve written about it previously suggesting Fitzpatrick on occasion has the same relationship with the truth as Bram Stoker’s Dracula had with the wreath of garlic around Lucy’s neck. Speaking of Dracula, when Fitzpatrick tells of his meeting with Billy Bulger you’d think he was describing a meeting with a vampire and his escape from his office unharmed a miracle of the first order.
The Marines teach that you don’t leave your fellow Marines behind on the battlefield, whether wounded or dead. Sometimes in doing that you may suffer other casualties but it is a risk you take because you know one of the stricken would take it for you. It is always comforting knowing that your buddies will never abandon you whether dead or alive. I can’t speak for the other groups in our armed forces but I’m sure that is the attitude of all who have to go into combat.
It seems a little bit different in our non combat agencies. I can only tell you that from my observation the code of the FBI when one of its agents is exposed is something like “cut and run” or as we used to say as kids in some of our games — “every man for himself”. It’s not too comforting to know that no one has your back, especially those in the command structure.
Whitey’s Bulger’s Handler FBI Agent John Connolly Was Properly Convicted in Boston But Should Not Still Be In Jail
There are some people who think former FBI John Connolly got a raw deal. You won’t find many of them in the media. I’ve suggested much of Connolly’s problem is due to him not speaking up when he should have done so. I’m told if he did he would have somehow gotten buried by the prosecution team. Well, it seems he could not be worse than he is now if he had gone down fighting in the ring rather than shouting from outside the ropes as he has done, continually maintaining he did nothing wrong — that his job was to give protection to top echelon informants who everyone on his job knew were murderers.
Gangster Thursday is a good day to talk about Howard Carr’s big buddy John Martorano. Martorano is walking the street after having murdered twenty persons. People who kill that many people usually are called serial murderers and locked up for life. In Texas and Florida people are executed for killing one or two people.
We like to be different in Massachusetts. We extol serial murderers. Carr the afternoon radio talk host who has nothing good to say about most people in the public sector writes a hymn of praise to Martorano suggesting that the man is brave and virtuous.
How is it that a serial murderer walks around like nothing happened? The Justice Department attorneys indicate that Martorano deserved special treatment because he told how he killed the people and this was something we would not have known. We are supposed to be thankful because he did this?
My telling of the story of Trooper John Naimovich must be like a serialization. To understand it you have to know what I’ve written on past Wednesdays. Serialization is as old as Sheherazade’s stories in One Thousand and One Nights. It gained immense popularity in the 19th Century when most good authors like Dickens produced their books in segments. Google tells of its history.
As a youngster I would attend movies that were serials. After the first episode, each following week a segment would be shown that would be a continuation of the prior week. Like a magnet it drew me back each Saturday morning as the suspense built. To understand the movie, I had to make sure I saw each segment.
To understand Naimovich you have to have read most segments about him. I’ll sum up a part of the story here. Each Wednesday I’ll add to the story. To get a sense of what I write about you’ll have to read most of all the Wednesday material including that previously posted.