If Whitey Bulger gets into the witness box Friday, here’s the first question prosecutors should ask on cross-examination: Mr. Bulger, did you really think submitting a photo of you yukking it up with a pedophile priest would make you come across to the jury as somehow less of a reprehensible degenerate?
Hey, who knows? Maybe Whitey thought having jurors see him swanning around with Monsignor Fred Ryan made him look better in comparison.
Fred Ryan was so bad that even the Archdiocese of Boston defrocked him. That’s pretty bad. Back in the day, they usually just sent predators like him to seaside parishes, as if the salty air would somehow make them less inclined to rape children.
In Whitey’s defense — ha! never thought I’d type those words — he might not have known Ryan was a pervert.
His lawyers didn’t. They only found out when Pat Donahue, widow of Michael Donahue, one of the 19 people Whitey is charged with murdering, clued them in.
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