Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Whitey Bulger Trial: Johnny's Bad, But He's Not The Real Rat, Says Boston Herald Columnist & Author Howie Carr

Howie Carr, the Boston Herald columnist and author of Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano, offers his take on John Martorano, who testified against his former partner-in-crime Whitey Bulger.

The worst word you can ever use against Johnny Martorano is “rat,” so you can bet that Whitey Bulger’s lawyers will be throwing it up against him again this morning within 30 seconds or so of resuming their cross-examination.

They’ll be trying to make him lose his cool. Good luck with that.Stipulated, I wrote a book with Martorano, and we split the profits. I get along pretty well with him. So does just everybody else I know who knows him, believe it or not.   

I’m not making excuses for the 20 murders. Neither is he.But let’s consider what a real rat is. There’s an old joke that a gangster can always close a business deal with these magic words: “I’ll kill you.”The feds have their own magic words: “You’re going to spend the rest of your life in prison.” 

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