Robert Russo
Bullying Survivor
Male | Arlington, MA   United States
Bullied bookie says trooper terrified him
Bullying Type: Emotional
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A luckless bookie who flipped sides to the FBI to deliver them a disgraced cop testified yesterday he was more scared of state Trooper John M. Analetto than any loanshark who’d put the bite on him in 17 years of losing money.

“He said he would have no problem killing me if he had to. The guy’s a (expletive) animal,” said Robert Russo of Arlington, who claims he quit the gambling life on Jan. 2, 2012, two days after federal agents put Analetto behind bars.

After today’s closing arguments, U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. told jurors they can expect to begin deliberating the trooper’s fate. Analetto faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of extortion. Currently suspended without pay, he was on the force for 19 years and was five years shy of retiring when he was busted.

Russo, 34, recalled during nearly five hours on the witness stand how he was suicidal, weighed 350 pounds and was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt in the summer of 2011 when Analetto, 49, of Belmont — and “the first and only” cop he’d ever had as a customer — stepped out from behind his betting alter ego “Big Red” and said, “?‘What if I offer to help you?’?” Russo said. “That’s kind of how the ball got rolling.”

Analetto, he said, fronted him $24,000 in cash to be partners. The officer demanded payments of $500 a week, plus a 20-percent cut of Russo’s commission, and insisted on using bizarre code words like “fish” to mean money, he added. Within weeks, Russo testified, their relationship took a “brutal” turn.

“There was no rest with him. Every conversation was him yelling at me and belittling me,” he said. “He wanted things his way. He was basically controlling me. I was his puppet.”

A different word for Russo came to mind for Analetto’s defense attorney Daniel W. O’Malley.

“What is rat?” O’Malley pointedly quizzed Russo.

“It’s what I’m doing right now,” Russo replied with a heavy sigh.

Analetto frequently closed his eyes and shook his head as Russo spoke.

Russo, who works full time in Boston’s hotel industry, acknowledged receiving a monthly stipend from the FBI for his cooperation against Analetto and that he was given immunity from prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, provided he told the truth.

He also wore a wire for the FBI and recorded several encounters with Analetto, one of which included the trooper slapping him in the basement of a transmission repair shop immediately after head-butting him.

Source: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/05/bullied_bookie_says_trooper_terrified_him



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