Stephen Flemmi

American mobster Stephen Flemmi

Stephen Joseph "The Rifleman" Flemmi is an Italian-Irish mobster and close associate of Winter Hill Gang boss James J. Bulger. Beginning in 1965, Flemmi was a top echelon informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Despite delivering a great deal of intelligence about the inner workings of the Patriarca crime family, Flemmi's own criminal activities proved a public relations nightmare for the FBI.
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09 June 1934

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Witness: Pedophilia? Talk to Bulger
CNN - over 4 years
Murder. Pedophilia. Betrayal. It's all on brutal display as James "Whitey" Bulger's henchman, Stephen Flemmi, takes the stand. FULL STORY
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Bulger pal: Strangulation didn't take long
CNN - over 4 years
The fireworks started early on day 26 of the James "Whitey" Bulger trial in Boston on Monday when Stephen Flemmi, who mouthed an expletive at his alleged former partner in crime when he first took the stand last week, riled up a member of the gallery.
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Stephen Flemmi resumes testimony against Bulger - Boston Globe
Google News - over 4 years
New York Daily News Stephen Flemmi resumes testimony against Bulger Boston Globe Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi has resumed his testimony today in the federal trial of his former partner, notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Flemmi testified in lurid detail about his criminal career, including murders he committed, and murders ... Bulger's ex-partner to testify about killingsFox News Former Bulger associate says Bulger was long-time FBI informantUSA TODAY Car Of Dead Alleged Bulger Extortion Victim Found In WalthamCBS Local WRAL.com all 209 news articles »
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Judge issues protective order in Bulger - Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
As we know from the cases of Stephen Flemmi and former FBI agent John Connolly, those materials document the unique relationship the FBI had with Bulger and could prove to be highly relevant for the defense. Kelly wrote that entry of a protective order
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Victim's son hoping justice comes 'Sooner' - Boston Herald
Google News - over 6 years
“I have sat through (John) Martorano's and (Stephen) Flemmi's (Oklahoma) to see nothing accomplished except some posturing and speeches. We need justice and solutions, not politics.” Larry Wheeler says his letter also represents the feelings of his
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Long Series of Trials Could Prove to Be Mobster's Death Sentence
NYTimes - over 6 years
James (Whitey) Bulger's long flight back from Los Angeles to Boston on Friday was only the beginning of a much longer journey, a legal odyssey that is likely to keep him in court for years. Unless Mr. Bulger, who is 81, bypasses the long court process with plea deals, the trials themselves could be a death sentence. When Mr. Bulger dropped out of
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100 Ex-FBI Agents Still Pushing to Free Convicted Boston Agent John Connolly - ticklethewire.com
Google News - almost 7 years
Connolly Jr., now 70, was convicted of murder in Florida state court after allegedly tipping off Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen Flemmi that World Jai Alai President John Callahan was likely to implicate them in a murder,
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NATIONAL BRIEFING | SOUTH; Florida: EX-F.B.I. Agent Convicted
NYTimes - over 9 years
A former agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, John Connolly, was convicted of second-degree murder for leaking information to Boston mobsters that led to the 1982 shooting death of a gambling executive who also had ties to gangsters. Jurors deliberated less than three days before delivering the verdict after a two-month trial. The jury
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Imprisoned F.B.I. Agent Indicted In Killing of Gambling Executive
NYTimes - almost 13 years
A former F.B.I. agent in prison for shielding Boston mobsters from prosecutors was indicted on Wednesday in the killing of a former Miami gambling executive whose body was stuffed into the trunk of his Cadillac in 1982. The former agent, John J. Connolly Jr., 64, was charged in a state court with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the killing of
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National Briefing | Plains: Oklahoma: Sentence In 1981 Mafia Killing
NYTimes - over 13 years
Stephen Flemmi, a Boston mob figure and longtime F.B.I. informant, was sentenced to life in prison for the 1981 murder of Roger Wheeler, a Tulsa businessman. Mr. Flemmi, 70, is already serving two other life sentences and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy in a deal that allowed him to avoid the death penalty for his role in the
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National Briefing | New England: Massachusetts: Life Sentence For Mobster
NYTimes - about 14 years
Stephen Flemmi, a mobster who played a central role in a scandal that exposed the Boston F.B.I.'s overly close relationship with its underworld informers, was sentenced to life in prison for 10 murders. Mr. Flemmi, 69, who is known as the Rifleman, struck a deal with prosecutors in October to avoid the death penalty, admitting his role in a string
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National Briefing | Plains: Oklahoma: Defendant In Mob Killing Dies
NYTimes - about 14 years
H. Paul Rico, a retired F.B.I. agent accused of helping his former mob informants arrange the killing of a businessman, died late Friday in Tulsa a week after he was extradited to Oklahoma to face charges after being arrested in October in Florida. Mr. Rico, 78, had been hospitalized since Wednesday. He was accused of helping arrange the 1981
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Ex-F.B.I. Agent Contradicts UMass President
NYTimes - over 14 years
Contradicting the testimony of William M. Bulger before a Congressional hearing, a retired F.B.I. agent has said he tried to question Mr. Bulger, the University of Massachusetts president, in 1995 about the disappearance of his brother, a fugitive gangster. The retired agent, John E. Gamel, said in an interview that a few days after Mr. Bulger's
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Victims' Kin Seek Public Testimony on Fugitive
NYTimes - almost 15 years
The families of people reportedly killed by the fugitive gangster James J. Bulger say that Congressional hearings into his record should be public. At the hearings, William M. Bulger, president of the University of Massachusetts, will testify about his brother, James, who is known as Whitey. The House Government Reform Committee granted William
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With All Boston Listening, UMass Leader Says Little
NYTimes - about 15 years
The hearing lasted barely minutes. But it was a signal moment in the tale of two brothers, the university president who prides himself equally on his political invincibility, his family and his mastery of Greek and Latin, and the gangster fugitive wanted for 21 murders while he was an F.B.I. informer. William M. Bulger, the president of the
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Subpoena for UMass Leader Over Brother's Crime Role
NYTimes - about 15 years
William M. Bulger, the president of the University of Massachusetts and former president of the State Senate, will be subpoenaed to testify before a Congressional hearing here next week about his brother, James, an organized crime leader and fugitive, and his brother's role as an F.B.I. informer. The subpoena puts Mr. Bulger, 68, one of the most
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 80
    Flemmi is portrayed by Rory Cochrane in the 2015 Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass.
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  • 2013
    Age 78
    According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he is not in federal custody as of 2013 and his release date is unknown.
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  • 2008
    Age 73
    In 2008, Flemmi was one of the star witnesses when Connolly was tried for the murder of John Callahan.
  • 2006
    Age 71
    Flemmi is the basis of Frank Costello's chief enforcer and contract killer "Arnold French" portrayed by Ray Winstone in the 2006 crime thriller The Departed.
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  • 2005
    Age 70
    In April 2005, Flemmi was deposed in New York City by a group of lawyers representing the families of his and Bulger's victims, who are currently suing the federal government.
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  • 2003
    Age 68
    By 2003, Flemmi knew he was at the end of his tether.
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  • 2002
    Age 67
    He was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
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  • 2000
    Age 65
    In 2000, Flemmi's brother Michael, then a retired Boston Police officer, was arrested for moving an arsenal of more than 70 weapons from their mother's shed after learning that it was to be the target of a search warrant.
  • 1999
    Age 64
    In 1999 Mary Flemmi died, and two of Stephen's illegitimate sons, born by Marion Hussey, decided to case the Winter Hill Gang's old headquarters on East Third Street.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 59
    In response, Bulger fled Boston on December 23, 1994, accompanied by his common law wife, Catherine Greig.
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    In December 1994, Connolly informed Bulger and Flemmi that several imprisoned Jewish-American bookmakers had agreed to testify to paying them protection money.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 46
    In 1981, Bulger is said to have killed Davis because she knew that Flemmi was an informant.
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  • 1980
    Age 45
    By 1980, he planned to divorce Jeanette to marry his longtime mistress, Marilyn DeSilva, but it is unknown whether he ever followed through with the legal actions.
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  • 1979
    Age 44
    In 1979 Flemmi's mother Mary was mugged in Mattapan, Massachusetts by a gang, and a photo of her sitting outside her car, on the pavement dazed and bloody, had appeared on the regional Associated Press wire.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 39
    In May 1974, Rico told Flemmi it was safe to return to Boston, which he did once the charges against him were dismissed.
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  • 1972
    Age 37
    In response, Flemmi and Salemme fled Boston. After Salemme was arrested in New York City in 1972, Flemmi fled to Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1967
    Age 32
    In 1967, after Barboza became a cooperating witness and disappeared into the fledgling Witness Protection Program, Flemmi and his partner Frank Salemme arranged the car bombing of Barboza's lawyer, John Fitzgerald, who was suspected of persuading his client to testify.
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  • 1965
    Age 30
    In 1965, Flemmi was secretly recruited as a confidential informant by FBI Agent H.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 16
    Flemmi enlisted in the Army in 1951 at the age of 17 and served two tours of duty in Korea with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born in 1934.
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