"F**k you, too," Bulger said.
This from a guy who bragged that he read Machiavelli and Kant in prison.
While the exchange reduced the Southie courtroom to a Southie locker room, Bulger's attorneys were pleased, thinking it made Weeks look like a thug, which he is. But where did he learn all this? At the knee of Whitey Bulger.
That has been the defense's burden. Every time they succeed in showing Bulger's former partners in crime as craven, vicious people they simply reinforce the notion that Bulger was in charge of them all.
Lately, it's been Flemmi, Bulger's opposite number, who has held center stage. He is 79, hard of hearing, but he has a pretty good memory.
He is a degenerate, an admitted murderer of 10, including his girlfriend Debbie Davis and his stepdaughter Debbie Hussey.
Of course, he admitted it but took no responsibility, blaming Bulger, saying he went along with the plots to kill them because Bulger pressured him into it.
And, Flemmi insisted, it was Bulger who strangled them, while he just watched.
Again, as defense attorneys picked at Flemmi's flaws, including his sexual abuse of his own stepdaughter, it only served to highlight the company Bulger kept.
These are his buds, his homeys, and he will live with them and most likely he will die with them, except like Flemmi he will be in prison.
If he does, he'll make out better than Gypo Nolan, who was shot dead, like so many of Bulger's alleged victims.
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