Stevie claims he stood there helplessly as Whitey choked the life out of Debbie, dragging her toward the basement steps and into the basement where they had laid out a tarp to begin the trussing of her, the removal of her teeth.
When Debbie was dead, Whitey went up and looked around for a place to lie down, in the house right across from his brother’s. But there was no furniture in the house yet, so he just lay on the floor, as Stevie stripped her of her clothes and her teeth, in the house he just bought for his mother.
Wyshak asked Flemmi if shirking the dirty work was typical of Whitey. “That’s what he does,” Stevie said.
Same thing when they were burying Debbie. Stevie dug the hole. You mean, Wyshak said, Whitey kills people and lets everybody else do the work?
Whitey’s lawyers objected. But it was pretty pointless. Everybody knew the answer.