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Former ‘Whitey’ Bulger Associate Describes Murders, Mayhem at Hands of White Hill Gang Leader

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger drew detailed, gruesome testimony about the litany of crimes committed by the White Hill Gang.

Stephen “the Rifleman” Flemmi described on his third day of testimony how he helped murder people, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Flemmi said Bulger was driven to kill anyone who he thought would spill the beans about the group.

Flemmi described four murders that he said were committed by Bulger.

The trial resumes today.

Toxicology Reports May Shed Light on What Killed Former ‘Whitey’ Bulger Witness

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Officials have not yet determined the cause of death of an alleged extortion victim of James “Whitey” Bulger who was found dead a day after learning he wouldn’t be testifying in the racketeering and murder trial of the suspected mob boss, The Boston Herald reports

An autopsy of Stephen M. “Stippo” Rakes provided inconclusive evidence, and officials are awaiting the toxicology reports. 

In the meantime, Rakes will be mourned Wednesday at the William F. Spencer Funeral Home on East Broadway in South Boston, the Herald reported.

Rakes was 59 and left behind three children and two grandchildren.

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Reputed Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Attorneys Grill Disgraced Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger continued to hammer the FBI’s claims that Bulger secretly ratted out the Italian Mafia and other criminals, The Associated Press reports.

For the second straight day, Bulger attorney Hank Brennan continued to grill James Marra, a special agent in the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, in an attempt to invalidate a 700-page informant file on Bulger, who is accused of murder and racketeering while running the Winter Hill Gang. 

The defense claims that disgraced ex-FBI Agent John Connolly, who is in prison for helping Bulger during his alleged reign of terror, fabricated Bulger’s file to cover up his own misdeeds, The AP wrote.

Star Government Witness Describes Murders He Says He Committed for ‘Whitey’ Bulger

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An aging mobster and star government witness testified Tuesday that his heart was broken after learning that mob boss and friend James “Whitey” Bulger was an FBI informant, CNN reports.

“It broke my heart. It broke all loyalties,” said John Martorano, an alleged hit man who described the people he said he murdered. 

Bulger is accused of killing 19 people during nearly two decades.

Martorano, who lives on Social Security after serving 12 years in prison, testified that he pulled the trigger while Bulger was along to ensure a successful “hit.”

Ex-Hit Man to Testify Today Against Former Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger in Murder Trial

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will see a familiar face take the stand today in his murder and racketeering trial in Boston, Reuters reports.

A former hit man plans to testify against his ex-boss and uncover grizzly details of Bulger’s reign of terror.

Bulger, 83, faces a 32-count indictment stemming from his activities as the reputed boss of “Winter Hill Gang.”

On Friday, Richard O’Brien, a bookmaker who made illegal bets on sports, testified Friday that Bulger was a threatening force.

“Rather than being in the bookmaking business and taking the unknown gamble, they would take rent like you would for an apartment,” O’Brien testified.

Defense Opens Trial Telling Jurors ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was Never an FBI Informant

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 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was never an FBI informant, his attorney said during opening statements in a trial that alleges 19 counts of murder, U.S. News & World Report writes.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney said Bulger never worked as an FBI informant against Italian mob rivals.

“Number one, James Bulger is of Irish descent,” Bulger’s defense attorney J.W. Carney said in court. “And the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant.”

Bulger was arrested in June 2011 after spending 12 years on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list.