After arranging for Castucci to pick up a gambling debt in December 1976, Martorano said, he walked into a Somerville apartment where Castucci was counting the money and shot him in the temple.
Martorano, who fled Boston in 1978 to evade a federal race-fixing indictment, testified that he was a fugitive in Florida when his friend, John Callahan, a Boston accountant and a “wannabe gangster,” asked him to kill a Tulsa businessman.
Callahan, former president of World Jai Alai, feared the company’s new owner, Roger Wheeler, would discover he was skimming from the company. Martorano said he agreed to kill Wheeler after Flemmi told him that he and Bulger were “on board” with the plan.
A retired FBI agent, H. Paul Rico, who was director of security for World Jai Alai, provided Callahan with Wheeler’s tee time at a Tulsa country club, said Martorano.
As Wheeler climbed into his car in May 1981 after a round of golf, Martorano said, “I opened the door and shot him . . . between the eyes.”
Callahan was so happy, said Martorano, he paid him $50,000. He said he did not kill for the money, noting, “He was a friend of mine. I would have done it for nothing.”
The following year, said Martorano, he learned that Bulger had killed Callahan’s friend, Edward “Brian” Halloran, in Boston, after learning Halloran was cooperating with the FBI and had implicated Bulger, Flemmi, and Callahan in Wheeler’s slaying.
Martorano said Bulger and Flemmi told him they had to kill Callahan because Connolly had warned them that the FBI planned to question him.
According to Martorano, Bulger said Connolly told him that Callahan “is going to get so much pressure on him he’s going to fold . . . if he does fold we’re all going to go to jail for the rest of our life.” Martorano said he “felt lousy” about killing Callahan, but Bulger and Flemmi insisted.
Martorano said he lured Callahan to Florida in 1982, picked him up at the airport, then shot him in the back of the head.
The next day, he and McDonald left Callahan’s body in the trunk of his car at Miami International Airport, and spread his wallet and other belongings in the Cuban section of Miami to throw off investigators.