Monday 25 September 2017

Gangster was 'heartbroken' to hear Bulger worked for FBI

James 'Whitey' Bulger
James 'Whitey' Bulger

Denise Lavoie Boston

A former US gangster who admitted killing 20 people was unemotional when describing his work during the trial of his former partner, James 'Whitey' Bulger, but he called himself heartbroken when he learned that Bulger had become an FBI informant.

Bulger (83) was one of America's most-wanted fugitives for years until he was caught in 2011. He is charged in a racketeering indictment that accuses him of participating in 19 murders in the 1970s and 1980s.

John Martorano was questioned about a string of murders he committed while he, Bulger and Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi were members of the Winter Hill Gang.

"They were my partners in crime, they were my best friends, they were my children's godfathers," Martorano said. He said he was stunned to learn years later that Bulger and Flemmi had been providing information to the FBI at the same time they were committing crimes.

Martorano (72) is one of three former Bulger cohorts who co-operated with the government and agreed to testify against Bulger in return for reduced sentences.

Irish Independent

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