Category Archives: Whitey

This is all about Whitey. These will be the posts that relate specifically to him.

Individual Murders: The Ladies Group: Debbie Davis (part one)

Florida JusticeAs I review each individual murder I do so with the following in mind. Murders are usually done in secret. What happens at the instance of the murder is known to no more than the handful of people who are present. They are forced into silence about it because of the penalty involved if one implicates himself.

The idea that gangsters involved in murders tell other people about them is a non starter. It just does not happen. To suggest that people outside the limited circle of those involved in the murder knew that Whitey, Martorano, Flemmi, Nee, Salemme, or the others had murdered specific individuals is to fail to understand how these people operate. Now that we know about a murder to suggest that we should have known about it prior to one of the murderers telling us is Monday morning quarterbacking of the worst kind. The plain truth is the culprits in the murders are known to only those involved.

Now we know about these murders attributed to Whitey Bulger because one of the persons involved told us about it. That person did so pursuant to a deal he made with a prosecutor.  His aim was to please the prosecutor. The prosecutor had no way of knowing if that person was telling the truth or not.

An Overview of Whitey’s Murders: The Last Three Groups (5 of 5)

P1010306As we turn into the 1980s we have two men who are at the top of the Winter Hill Group, James “Whitey” Bulger and Stevie Flemmi. The others in the group who were in a leadership position have been incarcerated, are on the lam, or as in the case of Jimmy Sims not to be heard from again.  The first move that Whitey and Flemmi made was to move their operation from out of Somerville since the guys from that area were no longer players. They moved their operation to Lancaster Street which was in Boston’s North End right around the corner from the old Boston Garden.

There they would set up operations right in the heart of the Mafia’s home base. Observations of them showed that they and the Angiulo Mafia group  were on friendly terms.  It appeared they made weekly payoffs to the Mafia. The Lancaster Street location was where they also received tribute from those who worked under them. They would move from Lancaster Street after they were tipped off that it was being watched by the state police. Whitey having cleared the deck in Southie moved back home into his neighborhood and took his new hard buddy Stevie Flemmi who was a capable replacement of Billy O’Sullivan.

An Overview of Whitey’s Murders: The Years Between The Groups (4 of 5)

(1) whitey 1The killings in the first three groups ended in 1976 with the murder of Richard Castucci. It would be several years when there were none. Hardly was there a reign of terror going on in Boston as some suggest. For these years Whitey operated mostly with Stevie Flemmi who had been an informant with the FBI. Attributing the first eleven murders to Whitey’s connection with the FBI is a reach; he did not become an informant until 1975, if he became an informant at all.

Flemmi had been on the lam between 1969 and 1974. He had been an informant all during that time. He was brought back to Boston by the FBI who worked to secure the dismissal of two serious criminal charges against him: one for a murder pending  in Suffolk County and one for blowing up an attorney’s car in Middlesex County. The FBI brought him back to continue his role as an informant and not out of the goodness of its heart. He was not carried on the roles of the FBI as such for much of this period although prior to his flight he had been handled by Agent Paul Rico, on his return by Agent Dennis Condon, Rico’s former partner, and then he was passed on to Agent John Connolly.

An Overview of Whitey’s Murders: The First Three Groups (3 of 5)

(1) whiteyThe “peace” gave Whitey what he needed a way out of Southie; a way to keep his hand in Southie; time and protection. He’d start hanging around in Somerville with the guys at Marshall Motors (the Hill) because Southie was still too hot. He knew the Mullens did not particularly like him so he kept his distance. He dealt mostly with Pat Nee who was born in Ireland, raised in South Boston, fought in Vietnam, and was one of the Mullen leaders.

In Somerville he was a minor player. The Winters gang of Jimmy Sims and Joe McDonald didn’t particularly like him but they tolerated him because he made no trouble and they respected him because he had done time in the Big House. They thought he talked a little too much but Howie was able to keep the peace. The Roxbury guys, at this time the Martorano brothers  with George Kaufman, had their own businesses to attend to in Roxbury, Dorchester and Quincy so they tolerated him because Whitey was an earner bringing in more money than he was taking out.

An Overview of Whitey’s Murders: The Scene in Southie (2 of 5)

Whitey 3James “Whitey” Bulger was called Jimmy or Seamus to his face, the Whiteman by his associates when they did not know if he would be around or not, and Whitey by those who heard of his reputation, especially the FBI which seemed to have a fondness for involving itself with criminals with nicknames such as “Pretty Boy.” “Baby Face,”and “Machine Gun.”  When he first got out of prison he tried to go straight not wanting to be returned to the slammer so he took on some legitimate jobs such as in construction and as a court-house custodian. Despite what others have said about him, he did show up for the courthouse job and worked hard. I know that since my brother worked with him at nights. He was putting himself through law school. Among other places they cleaned were the district attorney’s office.

An Overview of Whitey’s Murders: The Roxbury Gang. (1 of 5 )

For months Jerome has been asking me to talk about each of the 19 murders that are attributed James “Whitey” Bulger. In his latest comment he asked in addition to that whether he had murdered other people than those he was alleged to have done in the indictment naming 19 people.

To answer Jerome’s question I have to go back to the time Whitey was in prison to set the stage for the discussion.

I will first set them out by setting out the background of the murders and putting them into six groups in the first five parts of the series. I will then consider them individually as part of a follow-up series.

Starting with Jerome’s last question. Was Whitey involved in other murders? Outside of Louis Litif for which he was not indicted and Donald McGonagle which some have pinned on him, I have not heard of any others.

One thing to keep in mind is that during the so-called Boston Irish Gang wars of the early 1960s when upwards of 80 hoodlums were murdered (a war that got its name because it allegedly began because of a feud between two Irish gangs, one in Somerville under the leadership of Buddy McLean and the other in Charlestown under the McLaughlin brothers) Whitey Bulger was sitting in federal prison for robbery.

CNN’s Whitey Presentation: 3 Stars for some, 2 for others

CNN’s presentation of “Whitey – United States v. James J. Bulger” ran for two hours last night. For those who know nothing or a little bit about Whitey it gave them a decent glimpse into his life; for those who have been following the saga closely it offered a few tidbits that made the ordeal of sitting through the commercials somewhat bearable.

I was put off by the way it presented the Department of Justice (DOJ). The thrust was that there is something deeply wrong in it. The proofs offered were the actions of the FBI agents and not that of the DOJ attorneys. I know the FBI is part of the DOJ. But it operates independently in investigating matters and dealing with informants. What it did with respect to Whitey the DOJ had little knowledge about. The show blurred that distinction.

We learned about the feelings of the relatives of the victims: the ubiquitous Steve Davis, the unfortunate Steve Rakes; the unlucky Donohue family and the angry David Wheeler. It covered the details of some of the people murdered by Whitey with some gruesome photographs. It presented parts of the testimony of Kevin Weeks, John Martorano, Steven Flemmi and corrupt FBI agent John Morris. But it jumped from subject to subject, each one separated by a commercial, that would have been disconcerting to the viewers and chased many over to the football games.

Distant Thoughts on the Whitey Saga

2013 08 02_3998When I wrote my last post: “Whitey The Ordinary — Just Another Hoodlum Who Didn’t Grow Up” I had no idea of the hiatus that would occur between that post on September 16, 2013 and now. The reasons for the silence are a special assignment I undertook that totally kept me away from the computer and any writing; and on top of that a joyful out-of-state addition to the family.

These events necessitated that I put distance between myself and the subject matter of this blog. Perhaps my post noting the ordinariness of Whitey was an auspicious stepping off point. As time passed and distance widened I began to see more clearly the basic banality of Whitey Bulger the man. Much more interesting than the person are the events that conspired together to take such a commonplace criminal and elevated him to the point he became some sort of criminal extraordinaire. Those are the events I hope to focus my efforts on explaining.

Trying to write anything else about Whitey himself is a waste of time. No man, who has in reality done so little of any merit, has ever had so much trivia written about him than Whitey. What is there about the man that is worth emulating or admiring? Absolutely nothing. He is a debased man devoid of any redeeming qualities.