Steven M. Migridichian
SHREWSBURY — About a decade ago, Steven M. Migridichian
sat in the Worcester federal courthouse listening to testimony on drug and other cases.
They all seemed interesting, but nothing extraordinary.
Then the grand jury foreman learned some of the most notorious mobsters in the state would be standing before him testifying about James J. "Whitey" Bulger.
Men such as Stephen
"The Rifleman" Flemmi, John Martorano, Kevin Weeks and "Cadillac" Frank Salemme.
"Martorano was a big deal," Mr. Migridichian
Mr. Migridichian, the vice president of Corporate Environmental Advisors Inc., a company based in West Boylston specializing in environmental assessments, remediation and emergency response, wasn't surprised Mr. Bulger was caught.
In Whitey's case he ran out of both," the 50-year-old Mr. Migridichian
It was about a year into his empanelment on the grand jury when Mr. Migridichian
learned the case delving into Mr. Bulger's ruthless criminal career would be brought in front of him.
"These people were so fearful of him and the ramifications if they didn't side with his
directives," Mr. Migridichian
was never worried.
never joked about being fearful of starting his
car or pulling the drapes to his
Shrewsbury home tight.
"I was pretty firm.
I knew my civic responsibility was to be strong and represent and uphold the standards and care of the grand jury process," he
friends didn't know about the case until after the empanelment was over.
They asked if he
"How's Whitey going to know who I am," Mr. Migridichian
Mr. Flemmi didn't have the appearance of a hardcore mobster, Mr. Migridichian
recalled the work by the FBI
marshals and assistant United States attorneys.
After hearing testimony, Mr. Migridichian
believed Mr. Bulger had contact with family, although they denied knowing his whereabouts.
now wonders if Mr. Bulger will claim other law enforcement officials were involved in his criminal activity.
Hearing all the tales of Mr. Bulger's life made Mr. Migridichian
think about one thing upon learning of his capture.