Whitey Bulger Trial Blog
Six witnesses share testimony
Posted by Jonathan Hall 07/17/13, 6:14pm
Six witnesses took the stand on this blazing hot day, though the A/C makes it comfortable in the courtroom. Unless you're in the hot seat facing questions, that is!
Businessman Michael Solimando finished up his testimony about a shakedown, saying he paid Bulger $400,000.
Most of it came from businessman John Callahan's Swiss bank accounts, and he admitted he had travelled to Switzerland with Callahan on several occasions, but he said he never knew about the accounts until later.
And last up today was a former marijuana kingpin named David Lindholm, who agreed to pay Bulger and Stephen Flemmi $250,000 dollars, even though he had never met them. He says he was strong armed by four men at the Marconi Club, in Roxbury, where Flemmi had an office.
He was living the high life, summering in Nantucket, collecting art, antiques, and fancy cars, while trafficking pot from Mexico and Columbia. Shipments worth tens of millions.
But then David Lindholm says he met Whitey Bulger.
The Milton native says he had never even met Bulger and Steven the Rifleman Flemmi, but they knew he had money and in 1983, told him he'd have to pay them a million dollars. They threatened his life, along with Kevin Weeks, and fired a pistol right next to his head.
Lindholm sensed Whitey didn't truly know the scope of his wealth, and though he had 4 million cash stashed in a condo nearby:
"I wasn't going to fumble the ball at the 5 yard line."
Lindholm testified Bulger seemed happy when he offered him a quarter of a million dollars... and "he shook my hand told me I handled myself well..."
But right before Lindholm finished for the day...he quoted Bulger on what would happen if Lindholm didn't pay a share of his profits:
He said "he'd cut my head off."
Lindholm - like killer John Martorano, gangster Kevin Weeks, and disgraced former FBI supervisor John Morris - got immunity from prosecution.
They're all criminals and liars.
But our legal expert says the jury may find them credible when the whole picture is put together.
One prosecutor told me he felt Lindholm was nervous on the stand....frightened of Bulger.
Also appearing today, a former state trooper named Joe Saccardo who identified a picture of Deborah Hussey. He said he helped Husey's mother look for her after she vanished. And Pam Wheeler, the daughter of victim Roger Wheeler in Tulsa, OK.
Don Defego - former US Customs Agent in the 1980's, gave the jury some insight into the disappearance of John McIntyre, who was helping to smuggle drugs on a boat.
Gina Pineda a DNA expert, testified she was able to identify five of six bodies pulled from makeshift graves in Dorchester and Quincy. The DNA in the remains of Paul McGonagle were too degraded to allow a match, she said.