All the while self-styled vigilante John Martorano has occupied center stage in the James “Whitey” Bulger trial this week, he’s been joined at the hit – sorry, hip – with Boston Herald scribbler Howie Carr, who split a six-figure advance with Martorano for the book Hitman.
But in his Herald column today, Peter Gelzinis writes Carr out of the picture.
“Other than the 20 people you killed, Mr. Martorano, is there anything else notable in your life?”
The 72-year-old henchman of Winter Hill decked out in a light blue suit seemed a bit bewildered by the question Hank Brennan, co-counsel for Whitey Bulger, tossed at him.
After momentarily wrestling with it, much like a bear might grapple with a camper’s jar of peanut butter, Johnny Martorano said, “I can’t change it.”
No, he can’t. But that hasn’t stopped him from trying to squeeze every nickel he can from the loathsome life he’s lived.
Gelzinis writes further, “[y]esterday, we learned that in addition to the $250,000 Johnny pocketed for the movie rights to his life story, he stands to make another 250 grand if such a film ever makes it into production. And that’s not counting the $70,000 or so he says he’s made from his book.”
What Gelzinis chooses not to mention is that Carr was Martorano’s partner in Murder, Ink.
Conveniently, the Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen fills in the blanks in his column today:
Brennan nailed Johnny when he got him to talk about how he has made money since being released from custody.
“Are you remorseful, Mr. Martorano?” Brennan asked.
“Yes,” Johnny replied.
But, Mr. Martorano, you wrote a book with Howie Carr and made money off the blood of your victims, Hank Brennan suggested. You split the $110,000 advance for the book with Carr, Mr. Martorano.
So, wait – Martorano got $70,000 and Carr got $40,000? Sounds like someone got strong-armed.