Ex-partner says Bulger killed women, was pedophile

Associated Press
This pair of file photos shows Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, left, on Sept. 22, 2008, as he testified in a Miami court in the murder trial of former FBI agent John Connolly; and James "Whitey" Bulger, right, in a June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service. Flemmi, Bulger's alleged former partner serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to 10 killings, is expected to testify in Bulger's trial Thursday, July 18, 2013 in federal court in Boston. Bulger, now 83, is accused in a 32-count racketeering indictment and in playing a role in 19 killings in the 1970s and ‘80s while he allegedly led the Winter Hill Gang in Boston. (AP Photos/J. Pat Carter and U.S. Marshals Service, File)
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BOSTON (AP) — As James "Whitey" Bulger's former partner in crime endured a relentless cross-examination by Bulger's lawyer, he stuck to his story that Bulger strangled two young women, and even added a new accusation — that Bulger was a pedophile.

Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi made the claim Tuesday as Bulger's lawyer aggressively questioned Flemmi about his own admission that he had engaged in oral sex with his girlfriend's teenage daughter, Deborah Hussey, in the 1970s. Flemmi lobbed a similar accusation back at Bulger.

"You want to talk about pedophilia — right over there at that table," Flemmi said, gesturing toward Bulger, seated at the defense table.

Earlier Tuesday, Flemmi had said that Bulger had a 16-year-old girlfriend he took to Mexico on vacation with him.

Bulger, who exchanged obscenities with Flemmi shortly after he began testifying last week, glanced over at Flemmi when he made the remark, but did not have any visible reaction.

Bulger's lawyer, Hank Brennan, pressed Flemmi on his assertion that Bulger strangled Hussey in 1985 because she was using drugs, getting arrested and dropping their names when she got in trouble.

Brennan suggested that Flemmi, not Bulger, killed Hussey after she told her mother he molested her.

Brennan also pointed out inconsistencies in Flemmi's testimony about both Hussey's killing and the murder of Debra Davis, another Flemmi girlfriend. Both Hussey and Davis were 26 when they were killed.

Bulger has strongly denied killing the women.

Flemmi testified that Bulger strangled both women with his hands, but Brennan pointed out that he had testified during earlier civil and criminal trials that Bulger used a rope.

Flemmi insisted that the inconsistencies were due to "inadvertent mistakes" he made during his testimony and that he was telling the truth about Bulger killing the two women.

Bulger, 83, is accused in a broad racketeering indictment of participating in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s while leading the notorious Winter Hill Gang. He fled Boston in 1994 and was one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives until he was captured in California two years ago.

Flemmi, 79, has pleaded guilty to 10 murders and is serving a life sentence. He is due back on the witness stand Wednesday.

Testifying Monday, Flemmi said Hussey's mother, Marion, had been his live-in girlfriend since Hussey was just a toddler and that she had called him "Daddy."

On Tuesday, Flemmi said Deborah Hussey was 17 or 18 at the time of the sexual contact. He insisted he did not sexually abuse Hussey.

"I wouldn't say molested — consensual," he said.

Flemmi said that on the day Hussey was killed, he took her shopping, then drove her to a home in South Boston, knowing that she'd be killed there.

Flemmi insisted that Bulger was responsible for her death.

"Did you fight for her in that house?" Brennan asked.

"You're being very dramatic," Flemmi said.

"He was in control, he was there, he could have walked away," he said of Bulger.

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, that anyone who threatened him or his associates, "they'd have a potential problem."

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