Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The FBI Gives Serial Killer John Martorano $20,000 In Cash To Start New Life - Martorano Murdered 20 People -- That's A Thousand Dollars Per Murder

The Boston Globe
By Shelley Murphy
Globe Staff / January 16, 2008

FBI Gives Serial Killer 20,000 To Start New Life

When hit man-turned-government witness John Martorano strolled out of prison last year after serving only a dozen years for 20 murders, the federal government gave him $20,000 cash to help him start a new life.

Officials defended the payment yesterday, saying it is not unusual for witnesses, like Martorano, who decline to join the federal witness protection program to get money to help them survive after their release from prison.

But the families of some of Martorano's victims and some lawyers familiar with the case say such payments are wrong.

Martorano served just over half a year for each murder "plus he gets $1,000 a head," said Boston lawyer James P. Duggan, who represents the family of John B. Callahan, a Boston financier who was lured to Florida in 1982 and killed by Martorano. "It just goes to prove: If you're going to commit a crime, commit a huge crime, because that's what pays the best."

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