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Greetings to everyone new to this site, which is dedicated to the pursuit and career of fugitive serial killer James "Whitey" Bulger and the Boston underworld in general. All of the topics discussed here are covered in Howie Carr’s new book, "The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted boston for a Quarter Century", published by Warner Books. It’s on sale in bookstores everywhere, or you can order from Amazon by clicking here.
For those of you who wish to see photos of Whitey's victims, scroll down the page. Further down you will also find video of former mayor Kevin White’s statement that he feared that Whitey would murder him, and you can see how to order free magnets promoting "The Brothers Bulger" by sending a stamped, self-addressed enveloped to P.O. Box 812330, Wellesley MA 02482.
Archbishop Earl Paulk (far right) the 80-year-old leader of a suburban Atlanta megachurch who is at the center of a sex scandal bears a suspicious resemblance to Whitey (center photo) and maybe sited in Italy Whitey (Far left) don't you think?
Sweet ‘victory’ for Bulger victims’ kin
Boston Herald 11/20/2007
This week Whitey Watch provides a roundup of some gangland-hit photos that we have put up over the past two years.
If you want to delve even further into the sordid life and times of Whitey Bulger and organized crime in Boston, go to Whiteyworld.com, or buy The Brothers Bulger.
In Old Revere
Lou Fox, right, in Chesterfield coat, tries to avoid photographers as he leaves the courthouse in Pemberton Square in the early 1940’s. Fox was an old Prohibition bootlegger, a protégé of King Solomon. Until his death of heart attack in 1963, “LF,” as he was called, ran the rackets in Revere out of his insurance office on Shirley Ave. He was invariably described in the Boston newspapers as a “prominent North Shore sportsman.” LF’s top underworld associate was…
Maurice “Marsie” Lynch
Marsie also passed on, of natural causes, in the early 1960’s, and Revere reverted to the Mafia. Below are several famous Revere hoodlums.
Fat Vinnie Teresa
A con man who went into the Witness Protection Program after his arrest in 1967. In 1973, he wrote the first true-life New England Mob bestseller, “My Life in the Mafia,” an ironic title, considering he was never inducted into the Mafia. Died in Seattle 1990 at age 61.
Owner of Arthur’s Farm, a giant fencing operation in Revere. Made the cover of Life magazine in 1967 when it was revealed that several pro athletes, including then Boston Patriots quarterback Babe Parelli, patronized the joint, although no inside information was ever passed.
Alexander Santoro “Sonny Boy” Rizzo
Longtime Revere LCN figure, attended the famous Guild Street Mafia initiation in 1989, was convicted of racketeering in 1995 at the age of 82 and did three years in federal prison before being released in 1998.
Richard G. Tiberi
DOB 3/5/43 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
The Irish Gang War of the 1960s.
Connie Hughes, shot to death May 1966
Stevie Hughes and Sam Lindenbaum, shot to death September 1966
The Irish Gang War started between the McLaughlin Mob of Charlestown and the Winter Hill Gang of Somerville in September 1961. After a slow start, the bodies started piling up, and the Mafia began tying up its own loose ends, knowing every killing, of whatever ethnic group, would be blamed on the Hibernians. By 1967 so many bodies had piled up – over 40 – that a major national magazine ran a five-page spread on the bloodletting, including mugshots of all the victims up to that point.
Here made public for the first time ever is the FBI’s own list of the victims, compiled in early 1967. A few more murders occurred after this was written, including that of a third Bennett brother, Billy, and the gunsel who fingered him, Richard Grasso. But otherwise this compilation is relatively complete.
Johnny and Jimmy Martorano high school photos
Johnny and Jimmy Martorano, born 11 months apart in 1940-41, became gangsters at an early age, and Johnny eventually pleaded guilty to murdering about 20 people. He was freed from prison last March. Along with Howie Winter, Johnny Martorano was the boss of the Winter Hill Gang. Jimmy Martorano was also in the gang, although he was later inducted into LCN – the Mafia.
In high school, Johnny was an All-State fullback. In one year at a Rhode Island prep school, one of his blocking linemen was the late CBS newsman Ed Bradley, who recalled Johnny’s nickname as “the Milkman… because he always delivered.” Both brothers graduated from Milton High School in 1959.
Here are the captions, first for Jimmy:
“Popularity is glory.”
Friendly and spirited Jim… dynamic football co-captain and Youth Club President… a marked leader in all activities… a smart dresser. Home Room Delegation 3; Football 1,2, Co-Captain 3; Track 1,2.
“Courage can be a very difficult neurosis.”
Johnny… will always be remembered for his great football potentials and innumerable touchdowns… admits his pet peeve is history. Football 1,2, Co-Captain 3; Basketball 2,3; Baseball 2.
Louis S. Martone
DOB 11/5/41 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
June 1965: FBI Agents Pay Hospital Visit to Gangster They Know Killed at least 6 Men.
This is Vincent “Jimmy the Bear” Flemmi, brother of Whitey’s partner Stevie Flemmi. In April 1965, the FBI’s corrupt Boston office made him a Top Echelon informant, even though they knew he had killed several hoodlums, and was about to kill another – Teddy Deegan. The Flemmis were involved in a gang war along with their older leader and mentor, Wimpy Bennett….
… whom Stevie would murder in January 1967. On the other side of the war were the McLaughlins of Charlestown, led by Edward “Punchy” McLaughlin….
… who would be murdered in October 1965. The McLaughlin crew included a Dorchester hoodlum, James “Spike” O’Toole….
On the night of June 3, 1965, as Flemmi left his house in Dorchester, O’Toole and another McLaughlin gunner opened fire on him. He was wounded and taken to Boston City Hospital, where he was visited the next day by his FBI handlers, who filed the three-page report below. Pay particular attention to page 3, in which you will read, for the first time publicly, the names of the Boston gangsters the FBI knew that the Bear had murdered….
Frank Benjamin – served time at MCI-Norfolk with Jimmy, head chopped off, never found
John Murray – South End hoodlum
George Ashe – another FBI informant
Joseph Francione – murdered January 1965
Teddy Deegan – the other shooter was future FBI informant Joe Barboza.
Leo “Iggy” Lowry – another former MCI-Norfolk inmate.
Key sentence: “From all indications, he is going to continue to commit murder.” But the G-men didn’t care, because the Bear was providing them with information.
Postscript: Spike O’Toole was shot to death in Dorchester in December 1973. Jimmy the Bear ended up in prison, received a weekend furlough from Gov. Mike Dukakis in 1975 and escaped for three years. He died of a drug overdose at MCI-Norfolk in 1979. Both of his brothers, Stevie and Michael, a former Boston police officer, are in federal prisons.
Mafia thug Larry Zannino's high-school yearbook picture
Ilario Zannino, a/k/a Larry Baione, the number-two LCN gangster in Boston under Gennaro Angiulo, graduated from Franklin High School in 1938, even though he was from the South End. His nickname was, of all things, "Zip," just like his future nemesis, crooked FBI agent John "Zip" Connolly. He said he was interested in medical school -- shades of Meadow Soprano! Here's the inscription on the page, to his friend Nat, who went on to become an elementary-school principal:
"To Nat: One of my best pals in fact my best pal. I'll miss you kid but I'll be out to see you don't worry. When you become a big 'bookie' look me up. Well so long Nat, Larry. P.S. Let's go."
Let's go was the name of the boys' clique, or should I say gang? In 1954, Larry showed up at Nat's wedding, pressed a $100 bill (a lot of money in those days) in Nat's hand and said, "Buy yourself a necktie, kid."
Larry died at the federal prison hospital in Springfield MO in the late 1990's. Below is a mugshot from his prime stealing and killing years:
Gerald M. Tillinghast
DOB 3/11/46 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
Richie Castucci, hard-luck hood 1930-1976
With his dad, after busting up a robbery, late 1940’s.
Richie Castucci owned the Ebb Tide lounge on Revere Beach, where the infamous Teddy Deegan hit and countless other crimes were plotted. It was such a bucket of blood that Castucci, a heavy gambler as well as a nightclub owner, changed the name of the Ebb Tide to the Beach Ball in the late 60’s. The FBI wanted him as an informant, and they thought they had the hook – they would tell him that his wife was messing around with this local gangster….
Salvatore “Mikey’ Caruana was the dirty dog. (Mikey has long since vanished from his usual haunts and, yes, foul play is indeed suspected.) In depositions, Sandra has denied there was any affair, but that didn’t stop the FBI from making the pitch to Castucci in 1970. Read their report from Jan. 30, 1970 below. Castucci became an informant. He also introduced the Winter Hill Gang to a New York bookmaker named “Jack.” Soon the Winter Hill guys were deeply in debt and they didn’t want to pay. But they couldn’t just kill Castucci… could they? Yes they could, if they knew he was an informant for the FBI. (So were Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi, but that was different, see?)
Two Winter Hill gangsters were on the lam, living in Greenwich Village.
Castucci told the feds where they were, and somebody in the FBI told Whitey. In December 1976 Richie was called over to “the Hill” to pick up his winnings. He got two in the hat, from Johnny Martorano, and Stevie and Whitey cleaned up the mess, wrapped his body in a child’s sleeping blanket which they then deposited into the trunk of his Cadillac. It was left in Revere.
It was the fourth Winter Hill trunk murder in less than three years. The feds called a meeting to try to figure out who had whacked Richie, and John “Zip” Connolly, the crooked FBI agent now awaiting trial on murder charges in Miami, said, “Winter Hill doesn’t kill that way.”
Castucci’s estate is now suing the US government for $25 million.
Post script: after the death of Castucci, the feds needed some new gangster to keep tabs on Joe McDonald. The task fell to Whitey Bulger who had just murdered Richie for doing what he would now do for Zip Connolly.
Post-post script:Zip could go to the death house in Starke for the murder of John Callahan, a jai alai executive slain in 1982 by John Martorano and…. Joe McDonald.
DOB 6/15/41 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
Special Weekend Whitey Update
Whitey Bulger has been on the lam since December 1994, but more details continue to emerge about his reign of terror. This morning, check out these mugshots of other criminals from Whitey’s era. Only one has ever been published before now. Bulger, now 77, is charged with killing the two Notarangeli brothers, and there is little doubt that he also whacked Louie Litif, although that is not among the 19 murders he has been indicted for. Beginning next week, the Sunday Herald will run a mugshot of an old-time Boston gangster every week, and we’ll try to make sure that at least half of them are wearing fedoras.
"Indian Joe," as he was called, ran a profitable gambling operation out of a barroom near North Station. In 1973, the Winter Hill gang decided that a hostile takeover was in order. After his gang was decimated by a number of gangland hits, Indian Joe fled to Medford, where he occasionally stopped by the crowded Pewter Pot in Medford Square. In April 1973, hitman John Martorano dressed up as a construction worker, walked into the coffee shop and shot Indian Joe to death in front of dozens of witnesses before escaping in a waiting car. The next day, the Hill began calling in all of Indian Joe’s gamblers to meet their new bosses. One gambler asked why they had eliminated Indian Joe in such a brazen manner. Whitey replied: “We wanted to show everyone how easy it is.”
Brother of Indian Joe, "Indian Al" shortened his last name. After his brother’s murder, Indian Al tried to go underground, but a Winter Hill hit squad caught up with him in February 1974. His body was dumped in the trunk of his car and abandoned in the Charlestown housing projects. After watching it for a week or so, a couple of Townie teenagers decided to take Indian Al’s car for a joy ride. They were quickly pulled over in Somerville by local cops, who had been informed of Indian Al’s disappearance from his “usual haunts,” as they say. The punks claimed they knew nothing, and when the cops jimmied open the trunk and found Indian Al’s bloody corpse inside, they immediately swore off stealing cars forever.
These two mugshots trace the evolution of Litif, a Winter Hill hoodlum, from run-of-the-mill Eisenhower-era thug to Disco Louie. By 1980, he was flashy, he was testing Whitey's patience - he murdered a guy in the basement of a Southie bar without clearing it first with his boss. Litif was also an informant for the FBI, which Whitey, himself a rat for the G-men, refused to tolerate in others. Louie was summonsed to Triple O’s, brought there by Brian Halloran, who would himself be murdered by Whitey in 1982. Upstairs at the bar, Whitey gave Disco Louie two in the hat. Halloran brought Litif’s car around back, put the body in the trunk and drove it to the South End, where he left it in front of Mafia boss Larry Baione’s Laundromat. Litif’s survivors are now suing the feds. Their lawyer attempted to depose crooked ex-FBI agent Zip Connolly in his Miami jail cell in 2005. Zip refused to talk.
Moe was the top aide to legendary Boston bookie Harry (Doc Jasper) Sagansky, a former dentist who once took out a life insurance policy on Mayor Jim Curley (it was collateral for a loan). In 1987, new Mafia boss Vinnie the Animal Ferrara ordered Doc Jasper to report to Vanessa’s in the Prudential Center, which the FBI had bugged. Vinny demanded $500,000 from Doc, who told him, "Kid, I’m 89 years old. How long am I gonna be in business?" Vinnie shrugged and told Doc he was going to hold Moe, then age 79, as a hostage until he paid up. Then Vinnie and the boys left the back room to let Doc and Moe discuss their next move. The FBI got it all on tape.
Doc: "What am I gonna do now, Moe?"
Moe: "I guess you’ll have to pay."
The next day, in the lobby of a downtown hotel, Doc delivered $250,000 cash, and Moe was released unharmed. A few months later, Vinnie the Animal et al. were arrested.
Mob Lawyer Blown Up – by the Mob!
This is attorney John E. Fitzgerald Jr. in 1965, at the age of 33. He already had a stable of organized crime clients, but his troubles really began when he went to work for this man…
That’s Joe “the Animal” Barboza, a notorious East Boston hitman and ex-con. Barboza turned on his Mafia employers and became the first hoodlum to vanish into the feds’ new Witness Protection Program. The Mafia was not pleased. They couldn’t get to Barboza, so they decided to whack Fitzgerald. First a guy who drove the same model car as Fitzgerald was mysteriously gunned down. Cops were baffled. Then in January 1968, Fitzgerald went to start his car in Everett….
His leg was blown off but somehow Fitzgerald survived….
Here, in his hospital bed, he is visited by state Atty. Gen. Elliott Richardson, center, who would later be fired by Richard Nixon during Watergate, and Middlesex County Dist. Atty. John Droney, who would later fire John Kerry as his first assistant. Note that there is only one foot sticking out from beneath the sheet.
Where the bomb exploded
Nearby homes were damaged
Cadillac Frank Salemme did 17 years for his crime. Stevie Flemmi was also indicted, but he fled to Montreal and when he returned in 1974, the charges against him were dropped.
The road to recovery
Fitzgerald recovered, but in 1972 moved to South Dakota, working first for the Small Business Administration. In 1992, he was appointed to a judgeship
John Fitzgerald died in July 2001. He was 69 years old. Frank Salemme is still alive – in prison, awaiting yet another federal trial.
Anthony P. Vaglica
DOB 2/22/25 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
Rocco "Mad Dog" Balliro, murderer, in BPD custody, August 1963.
It was one of the best-known Boston shootouts of the 1960’s. Cops cornered prison escapee Rocco Balliro, his twin brother Sal, and an associate at the Roxbury home of Rocco’s ex-con girlfriend Toby Wagner. They tried to shoot their way out, and when it was over, Rocco’s girlfriend and her 7-year-old son were dead. That was in February 1963, and six months later, here he is in custody at Division 1. Handcuffed to Rocco’s left had is Sgt. Tom Gavin of DA Garrett Byrne’s office. On the right is Det. Eddie Walsh, soon to be the cop mentor of future FBI agent Zip Connolly.
Mad Dog Booked on Suspicion
DOB, 1-22-36, Boston MA.
Sal was nabbed by the FBI in West New York, New Jersey. Escorting him back to face justice are BPD officers John Donovan, left, and James Glynn.
Sal’s Roslindale Arsenal
When the cops raided his home, this is what they found.
Lawyer for the defense… Joe Balliro
That’s Joe Balliro, their cousin, in the center, escorting the white-socked old North End Mafioso into the East Cambridge courthouse for a grand-jury appearance in November 1959. Guy with the pipe on the right is another lawyer, Ted Anzalone, who would later become Mayor Kevin White’s top fundraiser.
Waiting for the verdict, September 1963
Here the families of the defendants await the verdict. Woman in white coat is Mrs. Sal Balliro. The jury returned after 10 hours deliberation. The verdict: all guilty of murder one, with recommendations for clemency. Joe Balliro appealed, had the convictions overturned, and then persuaded Mad Dog to take the rap for the other two, who got shorter sentences after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Almost 40 years later, Joe Balliro again appealed his cousin’s life sentence. It is believed, however, that Mad Dog is still imprisoned.
Arthur J. Romeo
DOB 11/11/41 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
Whitey spotted in Italy!!
Whitey Bulger's photos of the funeral of Clarence Carnes, a/k/a the Choctaw Kid. Including Whitey's notes, some of them cryptic, on the back of the snapshots. First, read Howie's column from the Sunday Herald, 5/20, then check out the pictures.
Bulger and the kid: Whitey's cemetery photos unearth another mystery
By Howie Carr
Boston Herald 5/20/07
Mourners, and who is that woman with short white hair in shades?
The Kid's casket, in front of white hearse that brought his body to the Oklahoma cemetery.
Blow-up of mourners
Whitey's handwriting, on back of above photo of mourners
Clarence Carnes' gravestone, paid for by his Alcatraz boytoy.
Blow-up of minister and the Choctaw singers
Whitey's mysterious jottings on the back of one of the photos.
Is this white-haired woman Teresa Stanley, Whitey's long-time girlfriend, whom he returned to Hingham in January 1995, with her hair dyed dark brown?
Another Murdered Boxer
George Holden, 1948-1973
Holden was described in the sports pages as a "Medford Irisher." He was also a local thug, as you can see from his mugshot. Below, read how he ended up, floating in the Mystic River with a bullet hole in his head. The murder remains unsolved. Below, a very partial list of Boston boxers who ended up victims of the underworld.
Murdered byJohn Martorano, 1976
Murdered by Mafia hit squad 1966
Murdered by Winter Hill hit squad (Bulger, Flemmi, John Martorano) 1976
Rico Sacramone (left, with now State Auditor Joe DeNucci)
Murdered by parties unknown 1976
Albert D. "Poncho" Gonsalves
DOB 1/11/43 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
While Whitey was in prison...
A 30-year-old East Boston man is handcuffed after his arrest at gunpoint by members of the BPD vice squad after a chase through the South End. The detective is Dennis F. Casey.
East Boston youths under arrest after being caught walking home from the city on the subway tracks under the harbor.
Former Revere mayor Pete Jordan during a recess in his testimony before a grand jury in East Cambridge.
Boston police pose with three accused bank robbers at Station #9 in Roxbury.
Accused bank robber frisked at Station #9.
One Bartholomew Villani is fingerprinted at Medford PD headquarters by Sgt. Arthur W. O'Leary.
Robert Edward Fairbrothers
DOB 8/23/37 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
Old-time Prison Breaks
Say what you will about the Mass. Department of Correction, but they don't have too many escapes these days. It wasn't always that way, though. Let's get into the time machine!
It's June 1962 and the Newton cops have just collared John Belfiore, Jr. (right) and Robert Hood.
This is Belfiore, age 18, of Perry Street, Brookline. (Say, isn't that where M. Stanley Dukakis still lives?)
Here's his mugshot from MCI-Concord, but less than two months later, he escaped, with two other youthful cons.
Left to right, Belfiore, Joseph E. Druken, 25, of Concord, and Edward J. Goguen, 25, of Waltham. They escaped over a wall, stole a car full of clothing (its owners were leaving on vacation), and soon thereafter, a sportings good store in Watertown was robbed.
John P. McDonald, under arrest 1963
This robbery suspect was captured at an MTA station. He soon ended up at MCI-Walpole, where he was one of three convicts who allegedly tried to burrow their way out of the prison. The screws discovered the plot but let it go on until they could be sure which inmates were involved.
Left to right, James Decaste, 32, of Somerville, William Schubert, 31, of Monponsett, and McDonald, 31, of South Boston.
Thomas Firth, Jr.
DOB 4/20/39 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
More good stuff from Whitey's FBI informant file.
Whitey and Stevie Flemmi together.
1980: Whitey says the Mafia wants to eliminate him and Stevie.
1981: Whitey names another person whom he can later blame for the murder of Brian Halloran that he is already planning.
1983: Joe Barboza trivia. Note how the return of Mike Dukakis is expected to bring more releases of convicted criminals (although in this case Limone actually was innocent).
Joseph J. Kowalczyk aka "Connecticut Joe"
DOB 1/25/16 Photo Courtesy of the Rhode Island State Police.
FBI Wanted Poster in Spanish
More gems from Whitey's FBI informant file
The pedophile Whitey weighs in on the search for the pedophile killer of Sarah Pryor.
Whitey murdered Buddy Leonard in November 1975 and left his body in a car belonging to Tommy King, whom Whitey and Johnny Martorano and Stevie Flemmi had murdered earlier in the evening. King was buried in a death pit, and Leonard's body was left for the cops to find, so that Whitey could blame his murder on… Tommy King.
In this report, Whitey says Leonard is no great loss since he was responsible for a few murders.
In this even more droll report, Whitey says of King, It would be best if he never came back. Don't worry, no problem!
Jimmy the Bear Flemmi's escape from prison during a Dukakis weekend furlough in 1975 infuriates the boys to no end.
Owen Clayton Lyons
DOB 03-03-27. Rhode Island State Police photo.
Rudolph Earl Sciarra
(aka Rudy Earl)
Apple doesn’t fall far from ‘family’ tree
DOB 03-08-24 Rhode Island State Police Photo
by Howie Carr
Vinnie Federico working as a Teamster at the Mass. Convention Center? Why not – Vinnie always been involved with he calls "family business."
Back in 1989, when he needed to get out of MCI-Shirley long enough to get inducted into the Mafia at his sister’s house in Medford, the convicted murderer filled out one of Mike Dukakis’ weekend furlough forms.
One of the questions: Why did he need 48 hours on the outside?
"Family business," Vinnie scrawled.
And what is Teamsters Local 82 if not a family business? And now it appears that a Whitey Bulger groupie named Kevin Weeks has also been looking for a card from the Brotherhood, but that he’s “too hot.”
Or is that “too fat?”
Before we go any further, I’d like you to check out Mark Garfinkel’s recent photo, because it pretty much sums up the whole incestuous situation. That woman is Patty Papa, who was Vinny’s “date,” believe it or not, to the Mafia induction ceremony. She worked at City Hall when her main squeeze mumbled his Mafia mumbo-jumbo, and she still does.
And that guy beside Patty is… Robert Travaglini, until a few weeks ago the president of the Mass. State Senate. Trav is now going into the power-brokering business with Tom Kiley, who just happens to be the lawyer for gangster Whitey Bulger’s little brother Billy, another former president of the Mass. State Senate.
There’s a third Bulger brother, Jackie. And when Jackie got out of Devens after doing a short stretch for obstruction of justice, he was able to find work with… Teamsters Local 82.
And now Jackie is trying to get his state pension back, and he has hired as his attorney one Paul Hines, who has another client seeking to boost his state pension. That would be Francis X. Joyce, who used to be Billy Bulger’s man at the… Mass. Convention Center Authority.
It was Franny Joyce who hired the daughter of Whitey’s girlfriend, Teresa Stanley, as well as the daughter of Whitey’s hitman John Martorano. He also kept on one of Stevie Flemmi’s earliest criminal associates, Eddie Goss, until the moment Eddie was hauled away for stealing cash receipts from the Under Common garage. And now comes Vinnie Federico, 47-year-old made man, even though until December he’d been in prison since the age of 18. In other words, he wasn’t much of a gangster, but then it wasn’t much of a mob either. The whole LCN induction at his sister’s house was like a clown convention, but Vinny’s routine was even more hilarious than that of the late J.R. Russo describing Gennaro Angiulo’s Mafia traditions – “Jerry used to make a big speech. That, that ba da boom ba da bing.”
After the plug-uglies finished pricking their trigger fingers and burning the Mass cards, it was time for a feed. J.R. Russo had sprung for some imported prosciutto, but Vinnie demurred. See, he explained, he had to get back to his real home, MCI-Shirley, where the boys had a “Greek kid” cooking up a big Sunday-night feed for them.
“We got the kid cooking us lobsters,” Vinny said. “Three-and-a-half pound lobster, stuffed. Shrimp scampi, oysters, cake.”
“That’s doin’ time?” asked Carmen Tortora, another dim-bulb inductee who also ended up doin’ time.
But that was 17 years ago, and now Vinnie Federico has a card, and a job, of sorts, in another family business. I wonder if the Teamsters made Vinnie take an oath before they swore him in:
“I, Vincent, want to enter into this organization to protect my family to protect all of my friends. I swear not to divulge this secret and to obey with love and omerta –“
Excuse me, that wasn’t his Teamster oath, it was his Mafia vow. Meanwhile, in a related development, rumors swirled yesterday that Billy Bulger might be planning a “time” to pay off all of his legal expenses from his latest narrow escape from the law. Like he needs more money, right? But if they do have a fundraiser for the Corrupt Midget, how much do you want to bet that Local 82 buys a whole table? Maybe Vinnie Federico and the Greek kid can handle the catering.
Patty Pappa and Trav
The Remains of Whitey's Victims.....
The remains of John McIntyre
Frank P. Fargnoli
(aka Wayne David Collins)
DOB 07-03-43. Rhode Island State Police photo.
FBI informants BS 955-TE and BS 1544-TE, a/k/a Stevie Flemmi and Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi provided decades of information to the FBI. Here are some of their reports, included in the files the FBI turned over to the estate of John McIntyre, one of their final victims.
Check out the following excerpts from the FBI report:
Richard "Moon" Di Orio
DOB 09-29-31. Rhode Island State Police photo.
The official new portrait of the Corrupt Midget with shadowy figures lurking on either side of him. Who could they be, who could they ever be? It now hangsat the State House in the "Senate Reading Room," so-called. Mostly they read comic books -- and target letters.
Whitey Watch World Exclusive
1951 mugshot of 21-year-old Whitey after his arrest on rape charges in Great Falls, MT
Charges were eventually reduced.
More Whitey Watch World Exclusives
FBI photos of Whitey and Stevie taken after the Roger Wheeler hit in Oklahoma 1981. These photos of the serial killers, taken with them uncharacteristically dressed in suits, were to be shown to witnesses in Tulsa. Whitey and Stevie had no problem having their photographs taken – the hit had actually been done by shooter John Martorano with Joe McDonald as the wheelman in the getaway car.
Why John Martorano Hates Stevie Flemmi
Martorano, who will be released from prison later this month, was mentored, in a manner of speaking, by Stevie Flemmi. Martorano killed guys (and one gal, by mistake) for Stevie. But then Johnny got a look at what Stevie had been telling the FBI about him all these years.
Here are two of the 209’s taken from Stevie’s FBI file, and introduced as evidence in a number of cases.
Stevie describes his plans to kill Larry Baione and frame Johnny for it and then Stevie tells the FBI Johnny is a pimp and a drug dealer
Another Whitey Victim.....
DNA sought in Miami murders, cops may test Bulger blood ties
Boston Herald 3/21/07
Nicholas Louis Bianco
DOB 03-31-32. Rhode Island State Police photo.
The Short Life of a Smalltime Hood, Americo Sacramone
Rico Sacramone was a welterweight out of Everett. In this 1956 photo, Sacramone, left, poses with future state auditor A. Joseph DeNucci.
He had a manager, and a trainer, but unlike DeNuch, he never made it to The Ring’s list of Top 10 contenders. He decided to change careers….
Here Rico leaves court after his first major pinch, 1963. After a short trip to MCI-Walpole, he was paroled, and ended up working as a bodyguard for Winter Hill gang boss Buddy McLean. On Oct. 30, 1965, he was with Buddy as he left a ginmill on Winter Hill. Waiting in the shadows across Broadway was Charlestown hitman Steve Hughes…
Like Buddy, Rico got shot in the head. Unlike Buddy, he survived, and was sent back to Walpole. By 1973, he was back out, and arrested on suspicion of murder.
In 1976, his body was found by the side of a road in Middlesex County. His killers included parties known and unknown to the grand jury. No arrests were ever made.
Joseph Abraham Badway
DOB 1-19-29. Rhode Island State Police photo.
Ex-Con Shot Dead in Revere Gun Battle 1968
This is, or was, Roger Lanier of Dorchester. He was fleeing from a botched robbery when he was confronted by two members of the now-disbanded Metropolitian Police Force, a/k/a, the Mets. Gun drawn, Lanier fired and dropped Ptl. Bill Delaney. Delaney’s partner returned fire, ending Lanier’s life of crime.
Here’s the gun he shot you with, Billy.
The two officers pose with Lanier’s weapon. Delaney is on the right.
The rest of the story….
Delaney went on to become a State House lobbyist, making big money. Alas, he forgot to pay his state income taxes for several years. In 1988, the Hero Cop pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court.
DOB 7-26-14. Rhode Island State Police photo.
Richie Castucci 1928-1976.
With real Bulger, guts galore but not much glory
By Howie Carr
Boston Herald February 28, 2007
Richie's brand-new Sedan de Ville, abandoned in Revere with his body in the trunk
The empty back seat, with his glasses.
The trunk, with Richie in the blanket
Richie, in extremis
(notice the Raggedy Ann sleeping bag....)
The bullet wound
The trunk, after Richie's body was removed
Boston Mafia Wars of the early 1990’s.
Cadillac Frank Salemme
Shot by East Boston rivals at the IHOP in Saugus, 1989. Had just parked his car – a BMW, not a Cadillac. Now back in prison, age 74, awaiting trial on charges relating to the disappearance of a local nightclub owner.
Bobby Carrozza, boss of the East Boston faction
Half brother of the late J.R. Russo, Carrozza was forbidden by Gerry Angiulo, on pain of death, from coming into the city proper from East Boston. After the Angiulos were finished off by Whitey Bulger and the crooked FBI, Bobby got ambitious. It didn’t work out very well, though. At age 67, he’s still in prison, at the medical facility in Allenwood PA, and will be there until March 24, 2008. His Bureau of Prisons number: 17591-038.
Another rocket scientist: Vincent “Gigi" Portalla
Gigi is the guy who was shot in the buttocks during a botched assassination attempt at the Caravan Club in Revere. Shortly after a trip to the emergency room, he was arrested by DEA agents at Logan Airport. Brought to federal court, he began screaming in front of a magistrate that the G-men had installed “a bug" in his rear end, although he may have used different words to describe his derriere. Gigi, whose real name is Vincent Michael Marino, is now 45 years old, and is in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, number 14431-038, at Canaan USP. He is scheduled to be paroled on June 12, 2027. He will be 65 years old.
The oldest trick in the book…
Here’s what to do if you want to catch somebody flatfooted: wait until dark, and then, when the pigeon goes inside somewhere, flatten their tire, and when they start to change it… you’d think a hoodlum like Mike Romano could have figured it out, but in September 1994, outside the KFC in Everett…
Mike Romano wouldn’t be down for breakfast. He was one of 12 gangsters murdered in the internecine struggle.Mugshot Monday
John Morris Carr, Jr.
DOB 10-13-45. Rhode Island State Police photo.
Charles “Chucky" Flynn, 2-state threat
Chucky’s mugshot from the R.I. State Police. (From Providence Journal)
Under arrest in Massachusetts, 1991
This photo was taken after he finished his sentence in R.I.
Chucky and his pit bull
Why are we not surprised?Howie Carr on the Passing of Sonny Mercurio
Angelo “Sonny" Mercurio would have made a better stand-up comedian than a gangster, or, as he used to describe himself, “a stool pigeon." Sonny has died at the age of 70 in the Witness Protection Program, so I guess you could say he checked out while he was again on the lam, to use another of his favorite old-time Mob expressions. When he wasn’t hiding, either in Florida or at his mother’s house in Woburn, Sonny was a gangster and an informant. And he talked like a hood from Central Casting – for Sonny, the plural of you was “youse". But he goes down in the record books here as the guy who tipped off the feds to the famous 1989 Mafia induction ceremony in Medford. So back in 1998, he returned to Boston to testify at the hearings U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf was holding on the Boston FBI office’s corrupt use of informants. On just about every other page of Sonny’s transcript of his testimony is a notation from the court reporter: “(Laughter)". Sonny wasn’t the most successful mobster, but he did have certain rules that he lived by. Like, for instance, running away. He was in favor of it. Here he is on Aug. 15, 1998, discussing with Judge Wolf the long-term benefits of fleeing after an indictment. We don’t currently have Whitey Bulger around to explain his exact reasons for hitting the road back in December 1994. But it seems likely his rationale was pretty much the same as his old friend Sonny’s. Here he is addressing Judge Wolf on “the lam": “The longer you stay away, the better you do… That’s the old adage, ain’t it?" When the courtroom laughter subsided, Sonny got down to specific examples. “Ralphie (Chong) made out all right. Stevie (Flemmi) made out all right. Everybody that ever ran away, later on they come back, they made out pretty good compared to the guys that went to trial." That got Judge Wolf to thinking. He recalled how, when Sonny once came before him, he had in fact reduced Sonny’s sentence, just because he’d been hiding out for so long. Sonny nodded in triumph. “That’s why I say, power of the lam means you get a lesser sentence. I advocate everybody run away." Sonny had an opinion on any number of other pressing underworld issues. For instance, he was more than somewhat opposed to wearing a wire. One night, just before the Guild Street initiation, the feds were meeting with him in either the Sheraton or the Colonnade – “them usually are the only two joints I stayed in." Anyway, the G-men asked Sonny to wear a wire during the ceremony in Medford. That way, he could testify against his Mafia pals. “And I said: I ain’t testifying. And they said: We can put you in a program. I said: Forget about it. I said: I ain’t doing that, and I ain’t wearing no wires. I said: Whatever you do, you do. When everybody gets busted, I get busted with them." See, he can’t take no chances. “Think of past records," Sonny explains. “You’re not dealing with Boy Scouts." “Okay," the judge says to Sonny. “So you were concerned that some of your colleagues might harm you if they knew you were an informant?" “Not might," Sonny corrected him. “Definite." Having spent his life in the underworld, Sonny knew very well who would be coming after him. “It’s only your friends that kill you." The FBI did bug the LCN initiation, and the sound was perfect, after Sonny turned down the TV just before they started burning the Mass cards. As Boston’s leading advocate of the lam, Sonny immediately screwed to Florida. A few weeks went by, uneventfully, with no arrests, so he made plans to return north. From the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Sonny called his brother to make sure he had a ride back to Woburn when he arrived at Logan. But his brother had some bad news for Sonny. “He told me Bobby (Carrozza), Joe (Russo) and Vinnie (Ferrara) got pinched, and I told him, I says: Well, I’ll talk to you later. See you later, kid. And I says: You won’t be hearing from me for a while. And I hung up." And now Sonny’s back on the lam. This time, it’s permanent.Angelo "Sonny" Mercurio
Will not be down for breakfast.....
Man Who Helped Bug The Mafia Dead At 70
Boston Globe 2/12/07
Informant in landmark mob bugging case dies
Boston Herald 2/12/07
Raymond L.S. Patriarca
DOB 3-17-08. Rhode Island State Police photo.
Raymond Patriarca Jr.
DOB 2-24-45. Rhode Island State Police photo.
1989: Kevin Weeks walks with his boss, former male prostitute Whitey Bulger. Weeks dug the graves after his mentor, Whitey, strangled his partner Stevie Flemmi’s girlfriends for him.
2006: Kevin Weeks, 17 years and maybe 150 pounds later. His boss is still on the lam – reportedly, according to the Tulsa Police Department, frequenting gay nudist camps and bedeviled by “extreme bad breath." Before he ballooned in weight, Weeks liked to take part in paintball tournaments. His team often went up against squads put together by military units and law enforcement. Below is the insignia of his team, “Mob."
It’d probably be a lot easier to hit Squeaks now that he weighs close to 300 pounds.Mugshot Monday
DOB 12-26-37. Boston Mass. 1964 photo.
The King, in his glory at his Cotton Club in the South End. He was as big as they came in Boston. He beat a narcotics rap in 1922, but was convicted of suborning perjury during the trial and sentenced to the federal penitentiary in Atlanta where Whitey Bulger would later take part in LSD experiments. Fortunately for the King, two Boston Congressmen, one of whom was James Gallivan (as in Gallivan Boulevard) intervened so that he could be moved closer to home. He was soon released and in 1927 took part in the famous summit of Jewish ganglords in Atlantic City. As Prohibition neared its end in 1933, it behooved numerous other factions in the Boston underworld to eliminate the King. One night he was in the men’s room of the Cotton Club when gunmen burst in and opened fire. The cops asked the dying Solomon who did it, to which he responded only, “Those dirty rats!"
The reputed rats’ names: Coyne and Burke.
John Burke pleads not guilty, June 1933
Skeets Coyne, dressed to the nines.
Needless to say, they were acquitted of King Solomon’s murder. Meanwhile, his rackets were split up, among others, Joe Linsey, Hyman Abrams, and Louis Fox.Mugshot Monday
Michael "Big Mike" Morello, reputed Boston Mafia hoodlum of the 1940's and 50'sA bad day for the Gustin Gang of South Boston…
Dec. 22, 1931.
Joe Lombardo, Mafia don, 1941
In 1931, Lombardo was a North End hoodlum, operating out of the Testa Building at 317 Hanover Street. His “business": C&F Importers, on the third floor. He was having a problem with one of the reigning gangsters in Boston, Frankie Wallace, a/k/a, Frank Gustin, of South Boston.
Gustin arrived in the hostile neighborhood with two of his gunsels. They walked up the stairs and opened the door, and seven Mafiosi opened fire. Frankie Gustin was killed, as was Bernard “Dodo" Walsh, “just a punk," the papers called him.
Here are parts of two newspaper stories about the double shooting.
The murder of Frankie Gustin assured that the North End Italians, outnumbered by the Irish in Boston, would never be dominated by their Hibernian counterparts. Other Irish gangs sprang up, as the surviving Gustins, including brother Steve Wallace, continued getting into trouble, and being acquitted, until he finally drifted into obscurity in the late 1930’s. Joe Lombardo, meanwhile, became a boss.Mugshot Monday
DOB 2-24-27, Boston MA. 1963 photo.Tales from the Whitey watch
Boston Globe 1/18/07
Surveillance Photos of Whitey
Have you seen Whitey?Lowell Gaming Probe 1973, Part 2
Jackie McDermott, Lowell gambling boss
Billy Barnowski, who murdered McDermott in 1988
John Martorano, who called himself “Nick" when he visited Lowell.
In this week’s installment, the Lowell PD files a six-page report on “the out of town element" muscling into the Lowell gambling rackets. Most of this information appears very solid, right down to the murders of the “Indian brothers" (the Notarangelis) who had previously handled layoff bets for Lowell bookies. The reference to a “mistake" murder in New Jersey is intriguing; Whitey Watch is not aware of any further mention of such a killing in the years to come.THE BROTHERS BULGER ON AMAZON.COM