Broadside: Reporter is also witness in Bulger trial
Shelley Murphy of the Boston Globe is playing a dual role in the case for the reputed Boston mobster
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From the -- over the Boston Globe. She's one of their reporters assigned to cover the boulder trial but -- Murphy is more than just a reporter to try out on the witness list. She and Kevin -- and fellow globe report of the authors -- federal -- waiting Bulger. America's Most Wanted gangster in the manhunt for brought to justice showing Murphy gives the I action -- Shelley you've been covering the Bulger stories for decades -- did you think this that it was gonna come when it trial actually started. You know I hoped it would come I I think I gave up hope around year you know fourteen when I'm still haven't been caught but at the bit. But I'm glad he's gonna have is being cool and I think it's something that we all wanna see not just the victim's family I grew up. In the second quarter to get to your. Status on the on the witness list and what do they mean for your coverage before we get to that there's some. Evidence from the hand of Whitey -- that he's not a big fan of yours is that not correct. Well he called me something I can't say on radio but it rhymes with more often and he did that the letter to a former. A fellow inmate at Alcatraz is that not correct the silent. Right any and -- -- Kevin -- and I -- -- we had a -- letters from a friend and white he's that he had been writing to him from -- jail since his -- two years ago and in the letters and he acknowledges that cat and I tried to interview what you we sent in letters -- Millen then. But on he told Sunday that he considered us. But he doesn't like us very much -- than you very much in general an ops in particular and frankly it's because we've been writing about him. For so many years. Well that was also like we -- much time that is another factor you're also -- in greater you're not because -- didn't falter alleged that he had done here. Father some sort of a favor and sort of the end of the notion is out there you target him like Q allegedly do. And that's absolutely right I -- I've been docked just I went to South Boston high school my dad was in a Korean. You know one veteran served in the same unit as bulky bald -- longtime friend -- yeah they met when my dad was fundraising front the -- won memorial. Bulger claims it did something with my father -- -- -- and pulled some men that were bothering him to back off or die and that the daughters so you know. That ungrateful daughter continues to write about me I had no way of knowing whether this any truth of the story. But you know my dad passed away. -- ungrateful daughter but look let's focus on your situation you Kevin Kolb a whole bunch of people. Who -- some of the best reporting on Bolger through the years are on the Bulger defense witness list and as a result. There's a possibility unless the -- waters are successful. That as the future potential witness you can be bar from covering the trial and covering other witnesses is that. Is that even a remotely possible outcome here. Well you know I wasn't witness for the government -- police I was subpoenaed as a government witness and at both of dot com these trials -- -- know yes and we managed to you know -- -- you know basically we were allowed to -- affidavits -- that you know that we stood -- stories that we had written. And we were allowed to you know be in the court I was allowed and -- -- other poised to be in the courtroom covered the trial. Our latest plan to you what tomorrow I'm viewing that there's absolutely no basis to keep us from the trial and that -- no basis for us to really you witnesses and that this is really employee. To keep us from covering. Case -- debate even make an assertion -- the defense make an assertion. Of what testimony they made one from you was an offense where ignorance. No during a hearing the other day and cool it on Jay Carney said he does not want to see any of -- you know report is authors exempted from this sequestration daughter. He claims that on he would like to use us to impeach witnesses that if some of the government's witnesses get up on the stand and say things that contradicts. Things that we report it in our book our in our you know articles from interviews with those same witnesses. They would like us to get on the stand in and it keeps that credibility but frankly those witnesses have been pretty consistent and I mean the stories they told us the same stories that testified to. Repeatedly in many many areas that we have covered. Well your book is great with Kevin -- your reporting is terrific and we depend on them so hopefully. That you well you're turning a successful -- well. It's just been joking that I am but haven't got to the skies and -- yeah I'll be in the back -- a -- and a black wig sunglasses. But that's what you got to do that's what we've got to do -- mercker from the book thanks so much -- work in your time temperature.