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June 20, 2013

Bulger's ex-enforcer grilled about varying stories


Flemmi was a fugitive hiding in Montreal at the time of the shooting.

“It was somebody else in the back seat, not Flemmi,” Martorano said. “I was in error and corrected it.”

Jurors were shown photos of the mailbox riddled with bullets and images from seven other killings, featuring shot-up cars with shattered glass and blood on the seats. One photo showed a man lying dead on the floor of a phone booth.

Tommy Donahue, who says his father, Michael Donahue, was killed by Bulger in 1982, told reporters outside court that it was “sickening” for him to see photos of the car in which his father died. Donahue, who was 8 when his father was shot, said the car belonged to his grandfather.

“To see it riddled with bullets and know my father was killed in it, it was heart-wrenching, to say the least,” he said.

Prosecutors say Michael Donahue died when Bulger and another man opened fire on the car as Donahue gave a ride home to Bulger’s target, Edward Brian Halloran.

Martorano also acknowledged that he knew he faced a possible death penalty for killings in Oklahoma and Florida when he decided to strike a deal with prosecutors and implicate Bulger and Flemmi.

Brennan also asked Martorano if he had profited from his crimes. Martorano said he had been paid $250,000 by a film company for the rights to his life story and could get another $250,000 if the company ends up making a movie. He said he’s also received about $70,000 from a book, “Hitman,” written by Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr.

Brennan asked Martorano if he thought about how seeing the book in bookstores could hurt the families of the people he killed.

“I didn’t try to hurt anybody with the book,” he said, adding that he used the money to support his family.

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