Gangster implicates Bulger in plea deal
By Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff, 7/13/2000
Six months after leading investigators to a Dorchester grave where three
bodies were unearthed, gangster Kevin J. Weeks has struck a deal with federal
prosecutors implicating his boss, James "Whitey" Bulger, in those murders and
Under a plea agreement made public yesterday, Weeks admitted that after
joining Bulger's crew as a teenager, he helped Bulger and his longtime
sidekick Stephen Flemmi commit crimes and cleaned up after them.
By his own admission, Weeks, 44, of Quincy, served as "lookout" on one
murder, held two men captive before they were killed by Bulger and his
cohorts, dumped murder weapons, and repeatedly buried bodies.
When Bulger feared that the remains of three people he and Flemmi had
killed in 1983, 1984, and 1985 while working as FBI informants might be
discovered, Weeks helped exhume the bodies in October 1985 and rebury them in
a gully alongside the Southeast Expressway across from Florian Hall, according
to the documents unsealed yesterday.
The gravesite remained a secret until January, when Weeks, known as
Bulger's "surrogate son," turned on his mentor in a bid for leniency on
federal racketeering charges brought in November.
Bulger has been a fugitive for five years.
Yesterday, after months of secret negotiations, prosecutors notified the
court that Weeks will plead guilty July 20 to new charges of racketeering,
extortion, drug conspiracy, and money-laundering as a member of Bulger's
He's also prepared to admit that he helped Bulger, Flemmi, and their
associates in the slayings of five people between 1982 and 1985 while serving
as a loyal deputy to Bulger.
In exchange for Weeks's cooperation, federal prosecutors have agreed to
recommend a prison term ranging from five to 15 years. But Weeks's lawyer may
argue for far less.
"He's decided to step up to the plate and square away his life and move
forward," said attorney Dennis Kelly, who represents Weeks. "He has no ax to
grind against anyone and what he's going to do is what the agreement requires:
that when he's called upon, he will tell the truth."
Weeks is poised to plead guilty to charges that he served as "lookout" in
the May 1982 murder of Brian Halloran, who was gunned down just weeks after
telling the FBI that Bulger and Flemmi, both longtime FBI informants, were
involved in a series of killings.
Also killed in the shooting was Michael Donahue, who had the misfortune of
offering Halloran a ride home from a bar along Boston's waterfront.
The charges say Weeks helped others, including "John Doe 1," kill Halloran
and Donahue. While Bulger isn't named in the charges, it's apparent from prior
court testimony that he is John Doe 1.
Attorney Robert A. George, who represents the Donahue family, said the
family hopes Weeks's cooperation will help confirm suspicions that rogue FBI
agents warned Bulger and Flemmi that Halloran was cooperating against him.
`I'm not going to cry foul about the deal with Kevin Weeks," George said.
"If it wasn't for Kevin Weeks at this point we wouldn't know as much as we
know today. And I'm sure as time goes on we'll know more and more."
The other murders Weeks has admitted involvement in are those of Arthur
"Bucky" Barrett and John McIntyre, both of Quincy, and Deborah Hussey, the
daughter of Flemmi's longtime girlfriend. The remains of all three were
discovered in January in the makeshift grave in Dorchester.
Barrett, who was 46 when he disappeared on July 26, 1983, had been involved
in the 1980 Memorial Day weekend robbery of $1.5 million in cash and jewelry
from Depositors Trust in Medford. Friends believe his murderers tortured him,
trying to get him to turn over his share of whatever was left from the heist.
McIntyre, who was 32 when he vanished on Nov. 30, 1984, disappeared weeks
after implicating Bulger in an ill-fated plot to smuggle weapons to the Irish
Republican Army aboard a Gloucester-based boat, the Valhalla.
The new charges say Barrett and McIntyre were kidnapped and brought to an
undisclosed location, where Weeks helped hold them captive while they were
murdered by John Doe 1 and John Doe 2, apparently Bulger and Flemmi.
Hussey, who was 26 when she vanished in early 1985, was kidnapped and
murdered by "leaders of the Bulger Group," then Weeks assisted in burying her
body, according to the superseding information.
Hussey was just a toddler when Flemmi began romancing her mother, Marion,
and moved them into his home in Milton. Marion Hussey and Flemmi had three
Law enforcement sources say Flemmi allegedly had been having a sexual
relationship with Deborah Hussey since she was a teenager and they had had a
The new charges against Weeks reveal that the bodies of Hussey, Barrett,
and McIntyre were exhumed in October 1985 and reburied in Dorchester "to
prevent the discovery of those remains."
Barrett's wife, Elaine, declined to comment on Weeks's admission that he
played a role in her husband's murder, saying only, "Whoever did it should be
brought to justice."
Attorney Kevin Glynn, who represents the Barrett family, said he'll be
issuing a statement on their behalf within the next week.
McIntyre's brother, Chris, said, "This is just too brutal to put into words
right now. He kills them and he buries them and he digs them up and he buries
them again. Can you imagine the horror my brother went through that day."
The Globe reported in January that one or more of the victims whose bodies
were unearthed in Dorchester may have been killed in the cellar of a South
Boston home where another Bulger associate, Patrick Nee, used to live.
Federal and state investigators notified an unwitting South Boston
homeowner in January that they suspected someone was killed in the cellar of
his East Third Street house before he purchased it in December 1985 from
relatives of Nee, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
US Attorney Donald K. Stern defended the deal with Weeks yesterday, saying,
"For the prosecutors and the investigators who have worked on these matters
for a long time, and we hope for the families, this will be seen as an
important step in the ongoing investigation."
Suffolk District Attorney Ralph C. Martin II has agreed not to prosecute
Weeks for the murders of Halloran, Donahue, Barrett, McIntyre, and Hussey.
Under the deal, Weeks will be placed in security while in prison and has
the option of joining the witness protection program.
Kelly said he'll urge a judge to sentence Weeks to less than five years in
prison, if Weeks fulfills his promise to the government to cooperate with
authorities and testify at upcoming trials.
Suggesting that Weeks played only a minor role in Bulger's organization,
Kelly said, "To the extent Kevin is pleading to participation in the murders,
it should be clear that he's not someone who pulled the trigger or did any
affirmative act to kill somebody."
This story ran on page A1 of the Boston Globe on 7/13/2000.
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