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Ex-Head of Mass State Police Says Others in Boston FBI Should Have Gotten Nailed for Protecting Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The story about the Boston FBI cover up and coddling of thugs like James “Whitey” Bulger isn’t going to vanish any time soon, even though many years have passed.

The latest: Thomas J. Foley, the  former head of the Massachusetts State Police, who spent 20 years chasing Bulger,  has penned a book: “Most Wanted: Pursuing Whitey Bulger, The Murderous Mob Chief The FBI Secretly Protected.”

Foley says that rogue FBI agent John Connolly, Bulger’s handler, isn’t the only FBI agent who should have taken the fall for protecting Bulger, the Boston Herald reported. Connolly is serving 40 years in prison in Florida for his corrupt relationship with Bulger and fellow mobster Steve “The Rifelman” Flemmi.

“I know I’m going to take some flak on this thing, but it had to be told,” retired state police Col. Thomas J. Foley told the Boston Herald. “It happened. It’s totally backed up and that’s just the way it was.”

“Connolly deserved what he got, but he wasn’t the only one that should have got it,” Foley said.

Bulger was captured last year after being on the lam. He was wanted for 19 murders.

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Fed Judge Says FBI is Liable For Murders by Boston Mobsters; Awards Families $1.85 Mil

The outcome was certainly not surprising. But what may be interesting is whether this ruling opens the door for any similar cases around the country. Surely there have been other cases around the country in which federal informants have killed people while snitching for the FBI or DEA or ATF.

Steve Flemmi/dateline nbc

Steve Flemmi/dateline nbc

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe
BOSTON — A federal judge ruled yesterday that the government is liable for the killings of two young women and a man allegedly slain by longtime FBI informants James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, but awarded limited damages to the women’s families.

US District Judge William G. Young ordered the government to pay $350,000 to the families of each of the three victims, because of the conscious pain and suffering endured by Debra Davis, 26, who was strangled in 1981; Deborah Hussey, 26, strangled in 1985; and Louis Litif, 45, who was stabbed and shot in 1980.

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

The judge awarded an additional $800,000 to Litif’s widow and two children, who were 15 and 20 when he died, for the loss of his financial and emotional support.

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Families in Civil Trial Say Boston FBI Protected Mobsters/Informants Who Murdered

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger-fbi photo

This is a languishing headache that simply won’t go away for the Justice Department and the Boston FBI. In June, a federal judge ordered the Justice Department to pay $6.25 million to the widow and children of a night club owner whose slaying was linked to FBI informants/mobsters Whitey Bulger and Stephen Flemmi. Now more people want the government cash and say they were victims of these FBI informants and FBI should have done something to prevent these guys from murdering people.

By Shelley Murphy
Boston Globe Staff
BOSTON — A Justice Department lawyer argued yesterday that the common-law wife of Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi lived on “blood money” from the gangster for years and cannot blame the FBI for the murder of her daughter by longtime informants Flemmi and James “Whitey” Bulger.

“She protected, nurtured” Flemmi, Justice Department attorney Lawrence Eiser said during opening statements on the first day of trial in a federal wrongful death suit brought by Flemmi’s longtime companion, Marion Hussey, and the families of two other victims.

“She washed his clothes after he cut the teeth out of these people,” said Eiser, referring to Flemmi’s admitted practice of pulling his victims’ teeth so they could not be identified. “And she’s going to blame the FBI on this theory. . . . You can’t hold the government liable for failing to arrest people.”

But lawyers for Hussey and the families of the other victims, Debra Davis and Louis Litif, said the FBI is liable because it knew Bulger and Flemmi had committed prior murders and should have prosecuted them, but protected them because they were informants against the Mafia. The agency also thwarted efforts by other law enforcement agencies that targeted Bulger and Flemmi, attorneys said.

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