Bulger Trial, Week 2: Former Hitman John Martorano Takes The Stand


In this Sept. 17, 2008 file photo, John Martorano is questioned about his plea agreement in exchange for testifying against former FBI agent John Connolly, in the Miami Courthouse (Marice Cohn Band/AP)

In federal court today, John Martorano referred to Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and one of his top lieutenants as “my partners in crime, my best friends, my children’s godfathers.” Then he admitted in calm, chilling detail that he killed people — at least 20 of them — on behalf of Bulger.┬áHe also said he sold the rights to his life story to a movie producer for a quarter of a million dollars.

Just another day in the federal courthouse in Boston.

Martorano, a close associate of Bulger, spent 12 years in prison for his crimes. He struck a deal with federal prosecutors and is now a key witness in the case against Bulger, who’s on trial for 19 murders, extortion and racketeering.


Asma Khalid, WBUR reporter

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