Monday, June 17, 2013

Hitman John Martorano: Learning Whitey Bulger Was A Rat 'Broke My Heart'

Laurel J. Sweet at the Boston Herald offers a story on former hitman John Martorano, the subject of a true crime book called Hitman by Herald columnist Howie Carr, who testified against his former crime partner, Whitey Bulger in court.

The prolific hitman who was once willing to kill for mobster James J. “Whitey” Bulger testified today the South Boston monster and his sidekick Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi “broke my heart” when he learned they were undercover rats for the FBI.

“They were my partners in crime. They were my best friends,” the 72-year-old Cambridge native said in his opening minutes on the witness stand. “After I heard they were informants it sort of broke my heart. They broke all the trusts, the loyalties we had. I was beside myself with it,” John Martorano said in a deep, matter-of-fact voice.

Martorano and Bulger, 83, glanced at each other for the first time in more than three decades. Bulger then fixed his stare on a distant wall.

You can read the rest of the story and watch a local TV news clip via the below link:

You can also watch an 60 Minutes interview with John Martorano via the below link:

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