Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By Denise Lavoie / The Associated Press
(Continued from page 1)
This pair of file booking photos shows Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, left, in 1974 from the Boston Police Department, and James "Whitey" Bulger, right, in 1984 from the FBI.
In the killing of Davis, Flemmi acknowledged that he was unsure if Bulger used a rope or his hands to strangle her.
Flemmi testified that Bulger told him Davis had to be killed because Flemmi had told her that both the men were FBI informants. Bulger has vehemently denied being an informant, and his attorneys have spent much of their time trying to rebut testimony about his relationship with the FBI.
Brennan, however, suggested that Flemmi killed Davis for a different reason: She was interested in another man.
Flemmi denied that, but acknowledged that after Davis was killed, he told her family that he learned she had flown out of Boston's Logan airport and that he would hire a private investigator to try to find her.
"Mr. Brennan, that's all part of the cover-up," he said.
Brennan pressed Flemmi on whether he was jealous when he learned Davis was interested in someone else and suggested he tapped the phones in their shared home so he could listen to her conversations.
Flemmi said Bulger "insisted on it" and said Bulger had done the same thing when he suspected one of his girlfriends was cheating on him.
Bulger shook his head at that remark.
"I'll tell you, I'm a human being, you get a little jealous, but not enough to kill anyone," Flemmi said.
Brennan also asked Flemmi about other killings he admitted participating in during the 1960s, before he met Bulger.
Flemmi said those killings were carried out during a "gang war" in Boston.
Brennan asked Flemmi if the mentality he developed was to "eliminate" anyone who threatened him.
"It goes without saying," Flemmi said. Anyone who threatened him or his associates, he said, "they'd have a potential problem."