Bulger Day 3 : Bookies O'Brien & Katz take the stand
BOSTON (WHDH)--Pay up. That's what two bookies claimed Whitey Bulger demanded of them during his strangle hold on the city decades ago. That's the new testimony against the former mob boss.
Bulger normally pretty stoic but not today. Today he laughed out loud. He looked witnesses right in the eye and one of them an elderly man told the jury a very interesting story about meeting with New England crime boss, Raymond Patriarca on the same day Jimmy Hoffa was arrested. He said he was very nervous that day as you can imagine. It was an interesting day in court.
The bookies were guys who allegedly paid Whitey thousands every month so they could stay in business and according to them, just to stay alive. One of them a Quincy man named Dick O'Brien here he is on the right decades ago with Bulger’s partner Stevie Flemmi, he has a paper bag there maybe full of cash.
And here he is today, 84 but sharp on the stand and seeing Whitey Bulger in the flesh for the very first time in some 20 years.
“You can't scare these guys any more. He would look at them with his blue eyes and try to flame right through them, you know, but he can't do that today and these people know that,” said Stephan Davis, victim’s brother.
O’Brien testified he almost always paid Flemmi or an associate never Whitey. O'Brien said one time he met up with Bulger at a Braintree coffee shop to speak to one of O'Brien's agents who had been hiding out refusing to pay off losses. The man insisted he would pay but said he would do it his way and Bulger became aggressive.
O'Brien testified Bulger said, "we have a business besides bookmaking." He meaning the agent said, "what's that ?" Bulger responded, "killing expletives like you."
“When he came out and said that Bulger looked at him like and laughed,” Davis said.
“Guy’s a coldhearted murderer. He got a kick out of it like most sick people would,” said Tommy Donahue, murder victim’s son.
This from James Katz who told the prosecutor he paid Bulger rent because "in those days it was murder and a lot of beatings." He said were you afraid of Mr. Bulger? The answer: absolutely.
At one point he said he was afraid John Martorano might be meeting him to kill him even though he thought he was a friend. He will be next up on the stand Monday. The man who allegedly killed 20 people, admitted it and is now free.