Thursday, June 7, 2018

Howie Carr: One Last Close-Up For The 'Rifleman'

Howie Carr (seen in the below photo) in his Boston Herald column offers his take on convicted murderer Steve Flemmi (seen in the above photo), Whitey Bulger’s former partner-in-crime, as the elderly mobster testifies against New England Cosa Nostra boss, Frank "Cadillac" Salemme.

Mr. Flemmi, are you ready for your close-up?

You’d better be, Stevie, because there won’t be any retakes this time — this is the last waltz for you, as you take the witness stand this morning in the trial of your old pal Cadillac Frank Salemme.

After your star turn this week in Courtroom 17, it’s back to wherever the Bureau of Prisons cages its prized rats (unlike other inmates, they’re not even listed on the BOP website). You won’t be going anywhere for the rest of your natural life — which, given how long your parents lived, is probably at least another decade.

Do you think Stevie is feeling a pang or two of nostalgia this morning? I mean, he’s been informing on Salemme since 1965. That’s 53 years, 24 of which Flemmi has spent behind bars, compared to, by my calculations, approximately 25 for Salemme.

The moral of the story is, crime doesn’t pay, unless you’re a Clinton.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can also read about Steve Flemmi and Whitey Bulger in my Q&A with Dick Lehr, the coauthor of Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss, via the below link:

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