New York Times Op-It Girl Maureen Dowd has parachuted into town a couple of times to cover the James “Whitey” Bulger trial.
Dowd kicked off her coverage last month with a column headlined Of Rats and Hit Men, which detailed the testimony of John Martorano, a former Bulger enforcer who committed 20 murders and got 12 years in exchange for ratting Whitey out.
Then, in Sunday’s Times, she chronicled some of last week’s proceedings:
A Tender Gangster Romance
BOSTON — IT was a subtle distinction, for a psychopath.
“I loved her,” Stevie “The Rifleman” Flemmi said of his onetime girlfriend, Debbie Davis, a sparkling blond Farrah Fawcett look-alike, “but I was not in love with her.”
That’s fortunate, since it would have made it ever so much harder to plan the 26-year-old’s 1981 murder, look into her eyes as she was strangled in your parents’ house, strip off her clothes, yank out her teeth and then dig her grave in marshland by the Neponset River.
Outside of (maybe) that lede, there’s absolutely nothing original about Dowd’s musings on the trial unfolding in the Moakley Courthouse. The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, Kevin Cullen, even Howie Carr have covered it better.
So why’s she even here?