December 11, 2000|
Round Up The Usual Suspects 2
By John William Tuohy
compiled by John William Tuohy
(US Government release) A superseding racketeering indictment was unsealed
in federal court charging JAMES J. BULGER and STEPHEN J. FLEMMI for their
roles in numerous murders as part of their leadership from the early 1970s
through the late 1990s of an organized crime group that controlled extortion,
drug dealing, and other rackets in South Boston and elsewhere throughout the
metropolitan Boston area.
Victim Approximate Date Michael Milano March 8, 1973 Al Plummer March 19, 1973 William O'Brien March 24, 1973 James Leary April 3, 1973 Joseph Notorangeli April 18, 1973 James O'Toole December 1, 1973 Al Notorangeli February 21, 1974 James Sousa October 1974 Paul McGonagle November 1974 Edward Connors June 12, 1975 Thomas King November 5, 1975 Francis Leonard November 6, 1975 Richard Castucci December 30, 1976 Roger Wheeler May 27, 1981 Debra Davis Late 1981 Brian Halloran May 11, 1982 Michael Donahue May 11, 1982 John Callahan August 1, 1982 Arthur Barrett August 1983 John McIntyre November 30, 1984 Deborah Hussey Early 1985
Neither BULGER nor FLEMMI is charged with participating directly in the Leary and Notorangeli murders. The superseding indictment describes a pattern by which BULGER, FLEMMI and other members of their organization promoted and protected their criminal ventures by engaging in extensive and violent efforts to obstruct justice.
These activities included not only witness tampering, corruption of law enforcement officials, and lengthy and far-flung flights from arrest and prosecution, but also murders designed to eliminate actual and potential witnesses.
The murders of Richard Castucci, Brian Halloran, Michael Donahue, John Callahan, and John McIntyre are described as resulting from efforts to prevent possible cooperation and testimony against BULGER, FLEMMI and other Bulger Group members about their participation in murders and other crimes.
Other victims are described as having been killed for a variety of reasons that furthered the criminal objectives of BULGER, FLEMMI and their organization.
Roger Wheeler, a prominent Tulsa, Oklahoma business leader, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa as Bulger Group members tried to gain control of World Jai Alai, one of Wheeler's companies.
BULGER and FLEMMI are charged with murdering two young women, Debra Davis and Deborah Hussey, during the 1980s after determining that each posed a threat to FLEMMI and to the organization.
The superseding indictment charges that the Bulger Group murdered Michael Milano, Al Plummer, William O'Brien, James Leary, Joseph Notorangeli, and Al Notorangeli in the course of an early 1970s conspiracy whereby members of the Bulger Group sought to eliminate a rival Boston criminal group headed by Al Notorangeli.
According to the superseding indictment, James O'Toole, Paul McGonagle, Edward Connors, Thomas King, and Francis "Buddy" Leonard were murdered while the Bulger Group consolidated power and eliminated rivals in the South Boston area during the 1970s. The murder of James Sousa is charged as stemming from Sousa's involvement in a botched robbery with other Bulger Group members. BULGER and FLEMMI are charged with murdering Arthur "Bucky" Barrett after targeting him as an extortion victim and kidnaping him.
The superseding indictment further describes how BULGER, FLEMMI and their underlings disposed of the remains of a number of the murder victims in order to prevent discovery of the killings. The body of Thomas King was buried in the vicinity of the Neponset River in Quincy. The remains of Paul McGonagle were buried in the area of Tenean Beach in Dorchester. The bodies of Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, John McIntyre, and Deborah Hussey were buried in a common grave in the vicinity of 55 Hallett Street in Dorchester, after being removed from makeshift graves in the basement of a private home in South Boston that was being offered for sale. Investigators have recovered the remains of five victims as part of law enforcement efforts relating to this case since January of this year. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has identified the remains of three of these individuals as those of Arthur Barrett, John McIntyre, and Deborah Hussey. Efforts to identify the other remains are pending.
Also included in the superseding indictment are extensive charges relating to the involvement of BULGER, FLEMMI and their accomplices in cocaine and marijuana trafficking, extortion of drug dealers, bookmakers, loansharks, and persons engaged in business activities, extortionate debt collection, obstruction of justice, and laundering of criminal proceeds in relation to real estate and corporate deals. The money laundering charges relate to, among other properties, two long-standing organization haunts: the South Boston Liquor Mart, located at 295 Old Colony Avenue in South Boston, and the Rotary Variety Store, located at 309-325 Old Colony Avenue.
FLEMMI also is charged with possession of illegal silencers.
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Mr. Tuohy can be reached at MobStudy@aol.com
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