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Continued: Ex-hitman says he was heartbroken to learn Bulger was an FBI informant

  • Article by: DENISE LAVOIE , AP Legal Affairs Writer
  • Last update: June 18, 2013 - 12:45 AM

He said Connolly met with Bulger's brother, former Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger, in the mid-1970s to express his gratitude for being a mentor to him and to offer him help if he ever needed it.

Martorano said Whitey Bulger told him that his brother had told Connolly, "If you could keep my brother out of trouble, that would be helpful."

Martorano said that after that, Connolly helped the gang by tipping them off to investigations and said Connolly suggested to Bulger that he give Connolly money.

"Down the road, he said he takes good care of him," Martorano said. He recalled Bulger giving Connolly money as well as a 2-carat diamond.

Connolly was convicted of racketeering for tipping off Bulger to an indictment, causing him to leave Boston in 1994. He was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives until he was finally caught in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

Martorano was scheduled to resume his testimony Tuesday.

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