Portrays Bulger as driving force
This pair of photos shows Stephen (The Rifleman) Flemmi (left) on Sept. 22, 2008, as he testified in a Miami court in the murder trial of former FBI agent John Connolly; and James (Whitey) Bulger ( right) in a June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service. Flemmi, Bulger’s alleged former partner serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to 10 killings, testified at Bulger’s trial Thursday. — File photos by The Associated Press
Stephen (The Rifleman) Flemmi, the once-loyal partner of reputed Boston gangster James (Whitey) Bulger, whose father was born in Harbour Grace, has recounted multiple killings he says Bulger was involved in, either as a triggerman or a driving force.
Flemmi returned to the witness stand Friday after a brief appearance Thursday.
In rapid-fire succession, Flemmi described Bulger’s alleged role in a string of killings during the 1970s when both men were leaders of the Winter Hill Gang.
Flemmi said he and Bulger sprayed a phone booth with bullets in 1975, killing Edward Connors, a bar owner, who was targeted because he was “telling people Winter Hill business,” including details about a killing committed by the gang.
Flemmi said Bulger emptied the bullets in a double-barrelled
shotgun and a pistol, while Flemmi fired seven or eight shots at Connors.