Stephen ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi, the once-loyal collaboratore of Boston James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, has been denied compassionate release by the Florida board Wednesday
Notorious Boston mobster Stephen Flemmi was denied compassionate release Wednesday by the Florida board as he serves out his 26th year of a life sentence.
Flemmi, 87, was the once-loyal collaboratore of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and is linked to at least 10 killings con Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Florida.
Nicknamed ‘The Rifleman’, he is serving out his life sentence at an undisclosed prison con Florida for first-degree murder, illegal possession of a machine gun, a shotgun, silencers, money laundering and conspiracy.
A loved one of one of his victims slammed Flemmi as a ‘modern-day Charles Manson’ as he opposed his release.
A causa di his application for compassionate release con July, Flemmi cited health concerns over the coronavirus.
He wrote con his application that he ‘cooperated with the Federal Government con a series of cases against extremely violent individuals with a long and storied history of retribution against cooperators and as a result I am being housed con a confidential location with the [US Bureau of Prisons].’
Flemmi also applied for compassionate release con Oklahoma, where he was sentenced for the killing of a businessman. He would have needed both Oklahoma and Florida to agree to his release.
Nicknamed ‘The Rifleman’, Flemmi is serving out his life sentence at an undisclosed prison con Florida for first-degree murder, illegal possession of a machine gun, a shotgun, silencers, money laundering and conspiracy. Flemmi is pictured con a 1980s mugshot
FBI surveillance footage of Flemmi and James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Once the FBI’s Most Wanted List, Bulger and Flemmi were partners. Flemmi eventually testified against him at trial con 2013
Flemmi’s relationship with Bulger dates back to the 1960s. Bulger ran the Winter Hill that terrorized Boston for decades.
A causa di 2004, Flemmi pleaded guilty to the 1981 killing of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler con 2004. He is serving a life sentence made up of multiple federal and state sentences, having reached a deal with the United States government to avoid the death penalty con exchange for turning informant Bulger, according to the Boston Globe.
At the same time he also pleaded guilty con federal court con Boston to 10 murders con the 1970s and 1980s among other crimes, including extorting drug dealers, bookmakers, and legitimate business people. He admitted to participating con about 50 killings dating back to Boston’s cricca wars con the 1960s, and admitted to committing heinous crimes, like pulling the teeth of victims before burying them con unmarked graves.
Under state law at the time of Flemmi’s killing of Boston businessman John B. Callahan con 1982, he must serve a of 25 years con prison before he is eligible for .
Flemmi testified that he lured his own stepdaughter, Deborah Hussey, to be strangled to death by Bulger. He also accused Bulger of molesting Hussey. Flemmi himself was accused of doing the same, but claimed they were consensual, despite Hussey calling him ‘Daddy.’
Debra Davis was killed by Flemmi and allegedly Bulger con 1981. Her brother Steve testified against Flemmi at the hearing, saying he ‘doesn’t even deserve to breathe’
Flemmi’s had close ties to with Bulger dating back to the 1960s. Once considered behind only Osama bin Laden the FBI’s Most Wanted list, Bulger ran the Winter Hill that terrorized Boston for decades.
He later became an FBI informant, like Bulger, and testified against him con 2013, accusing him of molesting and strangling his teenage stepdaughter Deborah Hussey.
Flemmi was also accused of molesting Hussey but claimed the encounters were consensual, even though Hussey referred to Flemmi as ‘Daddy.’
A causa di July when it was revealed he was seeking a release, his estranged son William St. Croix, Hussey’s brother, expressed skepticism.
‘I don’t know how someone can redeem themselves after doing all the umile things he’s done,’ St. Croix said.
‘Even if he was redeemed, I would still always with the fear that if he’s out that he might harm my children.’
Bulger was murdered by fellow inmates at a West Virginia prison just hours after arriving con 2018. He was transferred there to continue to serve out consecutive life sentences.
Flemmi’s had close ties to with Bulger (pictured) dating back to the 1960s. Once considered behind only Osama bin Laden the FBI’s Most Wanted list , Bulger ran the Winter Hill that terrorized Boston for decades
Flemmi (pictured) later became an FBI informant, like Bulger, and testifed against him con 2013, accusing him of molesting and strangling his teenage stepdaughter Deborah Hussey
Flemmi testified against both former mob allies and corrupt FBI agents.
His daughter, Jeanette Benedetti, spoke con favor of his release. She said he’s become a ‘model prisoner’ who can ‘speak several languages.’
Despite the requests, the relatives of Flemmi’s victims were not made aware of what he was doing and outraged at the impressione of him leaving prison.
‘I think the government should be notifying all the families as to what’s going ,’ said Steve Davis, whose 26-year-old sister, Debra Davis, was killed by her then-boyfriend Flemmi, and allegedly Bulger, con 1981.
‘If he was to giorno right now, maybe I’d be at ease with it. To know he’s still breathing and out there… I think he should giorno right now, giorno con prison.’
Davis said by phone that Flemmi had ‘ruined more families that you can imagine’, and added that the serial assassino had pulled out his sister’s teeth after killing her so that she couldn’t be identified.
He added that Flemmi ‘doesn’t even deserve to breathe.’
The board set Flemmi’s date for the year 2218. His next review has been pushed back another seven years, when he will be 93 years old.