James “Whitey” Bulger: Players
|James “Whitey” Bulger: The 82-year-old Bulger has led a fascinating life that reads like a 20th-century crime museum. He served time on Alcatraz from 1959-1962 for robbery and hijacking. During his incarceration in the 1950’s, Whitey was also given LSD and other drugs as part of government experiments.
Whitey got out in the early 1970s and rose to power in Boston’s criminal underground, allegedly running shakedowns from drug trafficking to loansharking.
|Catherine Greig: Whitey’s companion (his “moll” for you gangster-aficionados) during his fugitive years, Greig was also arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive.
As a part of a plea agreement, Greig pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.
Although the probation office recommended that Greig serve 33 months in federal prison for her crimes, the prosecutor argued stridently for the top end of what is permitted by the federal sentencing guidelines, 10 years. In the end, Greig was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison, an extremely tough sentence for the crime. She is planning to appeal the sentence.
However, in one respect Greig came out on top: There is no requirement that Greig testify against Whitey as a part of the plea deal, but prosecutors may still choose to call her as a witness.
|J.W. Carney Jr.: Whitey’s defense lawyer in Massachusetts, Carney Jr. has said it would take his law firm at least a year to go through more than 500,000 documents and nearly 1,000 tapes prosecutors have turned over to the defense.|
|Brian Kelly: The Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting Whitey who is quoted as saying it appears that the 82-year-old Bulger is trying to “run out the clock” to avoid trial altogether.|
A look at the 19 murder victims in Bulger trial
– Associated Press – 08/12/2-13
The jury concluded that prosecutors proved that James “Whitey” Bulger was involved in 11 murders, didn’t prove his involvement in seven murders and couldn’t agree on one killing.
—Paul McGonagle, 1974, rival gang member, shot in the back seat of a car.
—Edward Connors, 1975, witnessed O’Toole’s killing, shot because Bulger’s gang feared he would talk.
—Thomas King, 1975, rival gangster shot in back of the head, buried under the Neponset River Bridge in Quincy.
—Richard Castucci, 1976, nightclub owner, killed because Bulger believed he was an informant.
—Roger Wheeler, 1981, Owner of World Jai Alai, suspected Bulger’s group of skimming money from the business, shot in between the eyes at a Tulsa, Okla., country club. Martorano testified that he did the shooting.
—Brian Halloran, 1982, An FBI informant who was talking to the FBI about Bulger’s involvement in Wheeler’s killing, shot in a hail of gunfire as he left a South Boston restaurant. Bulger is accused of being one of two triggermen.
—Michael Donahue, 1982, a neighbor of Halloran’s who offered to give him a ride home, killed when Bulger and another man opened fire on Donahue’s car.
—John Callahan, 1982, former president of World Jai Alai. Bulger feared he wouldn’t hold up in questioned in Wheeler’s death. Ex-hit man John Mortorano, a close friend of Callahan’s, testified that he shot Callahan in the back of the head.
—Arthur “Bucky” Barrett, 1983, alleged jewel thief and bank robber. Bulger chained him to a chair, got him to tell him where he had cash hidden, then shot him in the head.
—John McIntyre, 1984, Quincy fisherman, Bulger chained him to a chair and interrogated him about whether he was talking to authorities. Bulger is accused of shooting him in the head.
—Deborah Hussey, 1985, daughter of Flemmi’s longtime live-in girlfriend, Marion Hussey. Flemmi testified that Bulger strangled her because she was using drugs and dropping their names when she got in trouble.
—Michael Milano, 1973, a bartender killed in a hail of gunfire, had a similar Mercedes-Benz and was mistaken for the target of the shooting, Al “Indian Al” Notarangeli. Former hit man John Martorano testified that he shot Milano in a case of mistaken identity.
—Al Plummer, 1973, member of a rival gang, killed as he drove in Boston’s North End. Martorano testified that he killed Plummer by mistake as the gang tried to kill Notarangeli.
—William O’Brien, 1973, member of a rival gang, killed in a hail of gunfire as he drove in South Boston.
—James “Spike” O’Toole, 1973, shot to death as he stood behind a mailbox because he had shot and wounded the brother of Flemmi’s partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi.
—Al “Indian Al” Notarangeli, 1974, rival gang leader, shot to death after several failed attempts.
—James Sousa, 1974, participated with Bulger in a botched robbery of a dentist, was killed because Bulger worried he would talk.
—Francis “Buddy” Leonard, 1975, friend of King’s, shot in head. Bulger then told people that King had killed Leonard.
—Debra Davis, 1981, Flemmi’s girlfriend, strangled. Flemmi testified that Bulger strangled her because she knew they were both FBI informants. Bulger’s lawyer said Flemmi had a stronger motive to kill her because she was leaving him for another man.
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Rundown of likely key witnesses in Bulger trial
BOSTON (AP) — Here are some of the key witnesses expected to testify at the racketeering trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, according to witness lists and statements made by prosecutors and Bulger’s attorneys.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 murders.
|Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi: Bulger’s former partner in the Winter Hill Gang, who pleaded guilty in 10 murders and is serving a life sentence.|
|John Martorano: former hit man who admitted killing 20 people and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.|
|Kevin Weeks: Former Bulger lieutenant who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and served five years in prison.|
|James “Whitey” Bulger: The now convicted gangster opted not to testify.|
|Robert Mueller FBI Director Robert Mueller, who worked as a federal prosecutor in Boston in the 1980s.|
|William Weld: William Weld, former Massachusetts governor, U.S. attorney for Massachusetts from 1981-86, when Bulger claims federal prosecutor Jeremiah O’Sullivan, now deceased, gave him immunity.|
|Richard Stearns: U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns, who worked as a federal prosecutor in Boston during the time when Bulger says he had immunity from O’Sullivan. Bulger’s lawyers successfully argued to a federal appeals court that Stearns should be removed from presiding at Bulger’s trial because of the potential for an appearance of conflict of interest.|