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Hitman walks out of court GRINNING after testifying against mob boss Whitey Bulger and claiming that 'they killed 11 people'





'The Executioner': John Martorano spent three days testifying against his former mob boss Whitey Bulger

'The Executioner': John Martorano spent three days testifying against his former mob boss Whitey Bulger


A former mob hitman who has spent the
past three days testifying against his former boss, James 'Whitey'
Bulger, walked out of court with a smile on his face after describing at
least 11 murders that they arranged.


John
'The Executioner' Martorano was a star witness for the prosecution, and
seemed more than happy to leave the past in court as he walks away
without any charges as part of a deal with federal authorities.


'Couldn’t
care less,' Martorano's cousin Joe said of his relative who claimed in
court that he never killed for money, only for helping the crime family.


'He wants to live his life
now. He wants to be what he has always been: a good guy, taking care of
his family. Whatever happens after that happens,' Joe Martorano told
The Boston Herald.


John's appearances in court this week were the first time that he had seen Whitey Bulger in person since 1982.

Martorano
is one of three former Bulger loyalists who agreed to cooperate with
prosecutors and testify against Bulger at his racketeering trial. Bulger
is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s.


On
Wednesday, Martorano's third day on the witness stand, he endured a
stinging cross-examination by Bulger attorney Hank Brennan, who
repeatedly challenged his truthfulness and his motives in testifying
against Bulger.


Martorano
insisted that he told prosecutors the truth about the role of Bulger and
his partner, Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi, in various killings, but
Brennan suggested that Martorano was a chronic liar who fabricated or
exaggerated Bulger's involvement so he could get a reduced sentence for
his own crimes.




Turning: John Martorano, who has admitted to killing 20 people, claimed he was 'heartbroken' when he learned that his former boss has been supplying information to the government

Turning: John Martorano, who has admitted to
killing 20 people, claimed he was 'heartbroken' when he learned that his
former boss has been supplying information to the government


Martorano served 12 years in prison after he cut a deal with prosecutors and agreed to testify against Bulger.

Brennan brought up the 1982 killing of Boston businessman John Callahan, whom Martorano described as a close friend.




'You even lied to your best friend, John Callahan, before you murdered him,' Brennan said.



Facing justice: James 'Whitey' Bulger is accused of murder, extortion and running a criminal enterprise

Facing justice: James 'Whitey' Bulger is accused of murder, extortion and running a criminal enterprise


'Correct,' Martorano replied. 'To me that was a necessity. I couldn't tell him I wanted to shoot him.'

Brennan
also pointed out inconsistencies between what Martorano told
investigators in the late 1990s and what he now says happened.


Martorano
acknowledged that he originally told investigators that Flemmi was
sitting next to him in a car and fired shots at James 'Spike' O'Toole as
he stood behind a mailbox on Dec. 1, 1973. O'Toole was killed because
he had shot and wounded Flemmi's brother.


Flemmi was a fugitive hiding in Montreal at the time of the shooting.

'It was somebody else in the back seat, not Flemmi,' Martorano said. 'I was in error and corrected it.'

Jurors
were shown photos of the mailbox riddled with bullets and images from
seven other killings, featuring shot-up cars with shattered glass and
blood on the seats. One photo showed a man lying dead on the floor of a
phone booth.


Tommy Donahue,
who says his father, Michael Donahue, was killed by Bulger in 1982, told
reporters outside court that it was 'sickening' for him to see photos
of the car in which his father died.


Donahue, who was 8 when his father was shot, said the car belonged to his grandfather.

'To see it riddled with bullets and know my father was killed in it, it was heart-wrenching, to say the least,' he said.

Prosecutors
say Michael Donahue died when Bulger and another man opened fire on the
car as Donahue gave a ride home to Bulger's target, Edward Brian
Halloran.






Moving on: Joe Martorano, the cousin of John, said that his relative 'couldn't be happier'

Moving on: Joe Martorano, the cousin of John, said that his relative 'couldn't be happier'




Winter Hill Gang:

Winter Hill Gang: A diagram showing the 'Winter
Hill Gang' organization in the late 1970s was passed around jurors as
John Martorano took the stand in the trial of accused mob boss Whitey
Bulger


Martorano also acknowledged that
he knew he faced a possible death penalty for killings in Oklahoma and
Florida when he decided to strike a deal with prosecutors and implicate
Bulger and Flemmi.


Brennan also asked Martorano if he had profited from his crimes.

Martorano
said he had been paid $250,000 by a film company for the rights to his
life story and could get another $250,000 if the company ends up making a
movie. He said he's also received about $70,000 from a book, 'Hitman,'
written by Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr.


Brennan asked Martorano if he thought about how seeing the book in bookstores could hurt the families of the people he killed.

'I didn't try to hurt anybody with the book,' he said, adding that he used the money to support his family.

Assistant
U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak tried to rehabilitate Martorano's
credibility, going through 11 killings and asking him if he and Bulger
were involved in each.


'Correct,' Martorano replied each time.
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