‘FI­NAL JUDG­MENT TO GOD’

Vic­tims’ kin blast Bul­ger church rites

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By LAU­REL J. SWEET and JOE DWINELL — lau­rel.sweet@boston­her­ald.com

The pri­vate fu­neral Mass for James “Whitey” Bul­ger held yes­ter­day in South Bos­ton was the height of “hypocrisy,” said a brother who lost his sis­ter to the mob­ster’s gang. “What are we sup­posed to do? Say 10 Hail Marys and all is for­given? Why is this guy get­ting all his wishes? It’s sick,” said Steve Davis, whose sis­ter, De­bra, was mur­dered in 1981 in a Win­ter Hill Gang hit and left in a shal­low grave in Quincy. “He’s a se­rial killer. I don’t think he de­serves a fu­neral Mass,” Davis told the Her­ald. “It’s hypocrisy. How could the church al­low this? It’s the world we live in now where it’s all swept away.” Bul­ger’s cer­e­mony at St. Mon­ica-St. Au­gus­tine Church was within feet of the Win­ter Hill Gang’s for­mer head­quar­ters in a liquor store on Old Colony Av­enue, the Arch­dio­cese of Bos­ton con­firmed. Among those who gath­ered to honor Bul­ger was younger brother William M. Bul­ger, for­mer pres­i­dent of both the state Se­nate and the Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts, and Mar­garet McCusker, 67, the twin sis­ter of Cather­ine Greig, Bul­ger’s in­car­cer­ated girl­friend and trav­el­ing com­pan­ion dur­ing his 16 years on the lam. “At the re­quest of and out of pas­toral care for the Bul­ger fam­ily, I of­fered a Mass to­day at St. Mon­ica Church in Bos­ton for James Bul­ger,” the Rev. James A. Flavin said in a state­ment. “Out of re­spect for the fam­ily and those who were hurt, it was a pri­vate ser­vice just for the im­me­di­ate fam­ily. “The church is cer­tainly aware of the deep pain that in­no­cent vic­tims of crime and vi­o­lence live with ev­ery day,” Flavin said. “In my homily, I said, ‘From the be­gin­ning of cre­ation it was God who brought or­der and peace in the midst of chaos. When our par­ents failed in the Gar­den of Eden, God sent his only son Je­sus to once again bring or­der and peace to a chaotic world through his death on the cross. I am cer­tain that God is present to ev­ery­one suf­fer­ing chaos and pain.’ “As Catholic priests we are called to bury the dead and pray for God’s jus­tice and mercy,” Flavin said. “We en­trust our fi­nal judg­ment to God.” Bul­ger, 89, was beaten to death Oct. 30 in­side Hazel­ton pen­i­ten­tiary in West Vir­ginia hours af­ter the fed­eral Bureau of Pris­ons re­lo­cated him from Florida, where he was five years into serv­ing two life sen­tences for his role in 11 mur­ders in three states. As of yes­ter­day, all in­mates were still re­fused vis­its. Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gat­ing Bul­ger’s killing are look­ing at two for­mer mob­sters from Mas­sachusetts, Fo­tios Geas, 51, and Paul J. DeCologero, 44, who are also in­mates at Hazel­ton. Oth­ers who lost loved ones to Bul­ger’s reign of ter­ror said they leave fi­nal judg­ment to a higher au­thor­ity. “If there’s some­thing af­ter life,” said Tommy Don­ahue, who lost his dad to Bul­ger, “I’m sure he’s deal­ing with the bad part of it.”

NI­CO­LAUS CZARNECKI / BOS­TON HER­ALD

COUR­TESY OF NBC10 BOS­TON

PRI­VATE CER­E­MONY: For­mer state Se­nate pres­i­dent William Bul­ger at­tends the fu­neral Mass for his brother, James ‘Whitey’ Bul­ger, left, at St. Mon­ica-St. Au­gus­tine Church, be­low, in South Bos­ton yes­ter­day.

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