Flemmi details his, Bulger’s relationship with FBI

whitey bulger boston kevin weeks flemmi
Stephen Flemmi, Whitey Bulger and Kevin Weeks on another walk around Castle Island.
Credit: US Attorney’s office

Winter Hill Gang leader Stephen Flemmi detailed on Friday how members of the Winter Hill Gang were able to avoid indictments for years – a growing relationship with FBI agents that led to tip-offs. 

Flemmi, 79, took the witness stand for a second day to testify against his former crime partner James “Whitey” Bulger.

Flemmi, under direct questioning by Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak, recounted how the Winter Hill Gang’s relationship with the FBI grew.

He talked about the time when Bulger approached the leaders of the gang and asked for permission to talk to FBI agent John Connolly. Flemmi said they agreed because it was always good to have law enforcement sources.

“As open as we were and the notoriety we had, it’d be very difficult to survive” without law enforcement sources, Flemmi said.

Bulger came back to the gang leadership after meeting Connolly and filled them in on what Connolly said.

“He said that John Connolly approached him and said during meeting the mafia had their sources and that ‘we could help you.’ [Connolly] said ‘if [the mafia] wanted to play checkers, we can play chess,’” Flemmi said.

Flemmi said he came to know former FBI agent Paul Rico through his involvement in another gang in the late 1950s. Rico was the one who called Flemmi early one morning in the 1960s before an indictment was about to come down. The tip led Flemmi to flee to California, New York, Florida and eventually Montreal for years.

Flemmi’s testimony was expected to last through the day and possibly into Monday.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Local

NYPD looking for lewd D train rider

The NYPD is enlisting the public’s help to find a man they say performed a lewd act on the D train Saturday evening. The incident…

Entertainment

QUIZ: How many English words do you actually…

Are you as smart as you say you are? Are you a word nerd? Take this quick vocabulary test to find out if you're a true wordsmith. Good luck.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…