Whitey Bulger Trial Blog
Flemmi testifies about Debra Davis' death
Posted by Jonathan Hall 07/19/13, 5:44pm
It was day two of testimony from Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi.
He testified for nearly four hours, tracing the beginnings of his gang associations from Roxbury, to the Winter Hill Gang. He also said he was repeatedly offered membership in the Mafia, but declined.
Flemmi talked and talked, delivering damaging testimony about various crimes including drug dealing, bookmaking, loan sharking, and murder -- but Whitey Bulger seemingly never once looked his old partner in the eye. The last contact they had was late Thursday, when they mouthed expletives at one another.
Prosecutor Fred Wyshak asked Flemmi about the first time he met FBI agent John Connolly. Flemmi said it was 1974, and he was concerned it was some sort of set up. But Bulger insisted Flemmi finally meet his friend. Flemmi later met Connolly, always with Bulger, many times...and estimates Connolly took at least $230,000 in payoffs. Flemmi testified Connolly began spending a lot of money, wearing fancy suits, and he bought a boat. He said that upset Whitey... who told Connolly to sell the boat.
Flemmi said Connolly decided to do that, but he then bought a house down the Cape.
On the stand, Flemmi revealed at least six agents took cash envelopes. He said one FBI agent even gave Whitey's gang a case of C4 explosives, some of which they shipped to the Irish Republicn Army -- invoked in a terror campaign against Great Britain.
Of all the alleged Bulger murders, Flemmi testified about today, he said only one bothered him.
The murder of Debra Davis, a girlfriend he met when she was a teenager.
Steve Davis, Debbie's brother, told reporters outside the courthouse he was angry, and had to control himself so he wouldn't be tossed from the courtroom, as he had been in a previous trial.
Flemmi testified he lured Davis over to a South Boston home he bought for his mother, one right next to State Senator William Bulger's home. Flemmi said he watched as Bulger strangled her. Flemmi testified -- "It's affected me. And it's affecting me until the day I die." And this -- "I loved her. But I wasn't in love with her."
Flemmi told the jury he showered the young girl with attention, expensive gifts, trips -- even a Mercedes Benz.
Flemmi said Bulger wanted Davis dead, because Flemmi, during an argument, had told her of the gangs relationship with FBI agent John Connolly. Flemmi said he blurted it out during an argument as he left for a meeting -- with Connolly and Bulger -- on her birthday.
But Flemmi says Bulger ended up convincing him Davis had to go.
Her body was recovered by the Neponset river in the fall of 2000. Flemmi testified he had to dig the marshy grave, while Bulger sat there and watched him do the work.