The trial of reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger proceeds apace this week with the prosecution opening up FBI informant files detailing what came out of Bulger’s rat trap as he sold out friends and enemies alike. But today’s local dailies have – wait for it – different versions of Bulger’s reaction to the revelations.
Start with the Boston Globe’s report:
Jurors see FBI files describing Bulger as informant
James “Whitey” Bulger fed the FBI information for 15 years about everyone from New York Mafia don John Gotti to some of his closest South Boston associates, sometimes blaming others for his own alleged crimes, according to detailed reports presented in court Monday.
FBI informant files shown to jurors at Bulger’s racketeering trial indicate that in 1980 he warned his handler that “an armored car score is going down in the very near future” and named six men involved, including his longtime friend Patrick Linskey of South Boston.
“They expect the score to be in excess of a million dollars,” top echelon informant 1544, code for Bulger, advised the FBI, according to the report. “[Bulger] advised that the weak link is Patty Linsky [sic] and although crafty, Linsky [sic] is a drinker and would be the logical one to tail.”
Then the Globe story adds this:
The files appear to contradict Bulger’s assertions that he was never an informant. The 83-year-old gangster seemed visibly annoyed as he sat between his lawyers in US District Court in Boston, reading portions of the reports as they were displayed on screens.
Actually, not just visibly according to the Boston Herald’s Howie Carr, who relates this (second-hand) story:
Top Echelon Informant? Low Echelon Informant is more like it. Whitey’s official number was BS-1544-TE. Fill in your own joke about the BS.
According to people sitting near the White Rat in the courtroom yesterday, he mumbled, “I am not a (expletive) informant.”
All righty, Whitey. You just keep muttering that.