Fred Weichel, a South Boston man who has spent more than 32 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit, has found an unlikely ally in an ongoing court battle to get his conviction overturned. That ally: James “Whitey” Bulger.
In a series of letters sent from jail last fall, Bulger — who is familiar with the 1980 murder because he acknowledges playing an indirect role in it — wrote that the real killer was an unnamed close friend of Weichel, not Weichel himself.
“I will not reveal his name — can’t do that against my standards — can only hope he would be brave enough to come forth,” Bulger wrote to an unidentified supporter of Weichel.
The victim was Robert LaMonica, 25, who worked at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.
The eight letters, handwritten in neat cursive by Bulger between September and October 2013 when he was being held at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility were sent to Norfolk Superior Court for filing late Friday by Weichel’s lawyers in support of a motion to overturn his conviction that has been pending since last year. Weichel’s lawyer shared a copy of the filings with the Globe.
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