Here’s a follow-up I found: a 2007 article in the Boston Herald, which you will note has details at odds with what was written in the Howie Carr book quoted above.
Again, I apologize: an unpleasant post just got worse.
DNA sought in Miami murders, cops may test Bulger blood ties
By Laurel J. Sweet
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Miami authorities are testing evidence from the 27-year-old killing of a couple for DNA, on a hunch the grisly torture murders are tied to fugitive South Boston serial killer James “Whitey” Bulger, the Herald has learned.
If DNA is found but no DNA from the 77-year-old Irish mob boss is available to compare it to, the Miami-Dade Police Department will seek a court order to extract mitochondrial DNA from one of Bulger’s five siblings, who include former Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger.
“It’s not as conclusive as nuclear DNA, but it’s very, very good. It would tell us if we could rule (Bulger) out,” said Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Monheim. “There were multiple ligatures that were used, one of which was macrame.”
Monheim retired in 2004 as supervisor of Miami-Dade’s homicide bureau, but has been brought back as a consultant on some 2,500 cold cases, including the Dec. 5, 1980, slayings of Peggy Sue Westcoat, a cashier at World Jai-Alai, and her boyfriend, Gerry Subby, a 27-year-old Conrail conductor from Cleveland, Ohio, who was vacationing at Westcoat’s apartment.
“It was very gruesome,” said Subby’s brother, Richard Subby, 52, who was living in Miami at the time. “Whoever did it had the wherewithal to walk away without fear of reprisal. There’s something more than meets the eye here.”
Monheim suspects at least two killers were present and is therefore also interested in testing the DNA of Bulger’s notorious Winter Hill Gang right-hand man, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, 72, now serving life in prison.
Among the 10 murders Flemmi has confessed that he and Bulger orchestrated was the 1981 hit on World Jai-Alai owner Roger Wheeler, a millionaire who refused to turn his gaming operation over to the mobsters.
One theory police are pursuing, based on information reported in Herald columnist Howie Carr’s book, “The Brothers Bulger,” is that Bulger and Flemmi were trying to find out from Westcoat what Wheeler may have known about their skimming profits from World Jai-Alai in Connecticut.
Westcoat had just turned 23 when her “partially nude” 5-foot, 2-inch body was found by her brother hanging from the fixtures in her shower, while Gerry Subby, who had also been tortured and choked to death, lay dead in another room, Monheim said.
According to Richard Subby, his brother was dragged from bed tangled in sheets and lashed to the bedroom doorknob. He said Westcoat had one of her forearms fed down a garbage disposal.
Subby said he knows of Bulger, who’s been on the lam for 12 years, but declined to say how or why.
Westcoat was “a very pretty” girl and Subby “was in love,” his brother said. “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but either way, whoever did this wasn’t letting anybody out of there alive.”
Monheim urges anyone with information about the murders to call Miami-Dade homicide detectives at 305-471-2400.