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‘Whitey’ Bulger Verdict Closes Chapter on Two Decades of Brutal Rule in Boston’s Criminal Underworld

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, who seized Boston’s criminal underworld in the 1970s and ’80s, likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty Monday of murder and racketeering.

Wearing a gray shirt, dark pants and sneakers, the 83-year-old who occasionally shouted  in anger during the trial showed little emotional response as the jury read guilty 32 verdicts following five days of deliberations.

Boston’s legendary figure, who spent 16 years on the run, will be sentenced Nov. 13, bringing to an end a brutal chapter in U.S. history.

Victims’ families respond

Bulger’s victims had been waiting for this moment for decades, but not everyone was happy. The jury decided the prosecution only proved its case in 11 of 19 murders.
“My father just got murdered 40 years later, again, today in this courtroom,” William O’Brien, whose father, also named William, was murdered, told the Boston Globe. “That prosecution dropped the ball. . . . That jury should be ashamed of themselves.”

For Patricia Donahue, the verdict provided some closure after Bulger was found guilty of killing her husband, Michael Donahue, 31.

“I couldn’t hold my emotions,” she told the Globe. “I cried for myself. I cried for [the other families], because we are all in the same place.

Her son, Tommy Donahue, felt mixed emotions.

“It’s a good feeling,” he said after the jury found Bulger killed his father. “But my heart also goes out to those families who were searching for that closure.”

Bulger wants Stanley Cup ring back

When feds finally tracked down Bulger in California, they found $822,000, guns, knives and other pricey belongings, such as a Stanley Cup ring.

According to a separate Boston Globe report, Bulger isn’t going to fight for his cash, guns and ammunition, but he wants his ring back.

Whether his wish is granted remains to be seen.

It’s unclear how Bulger acquired the ring, but the Globe reported that the mobster paid for the wedding of NHL player Chris Nilan, a Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens.

Families of Victims Await Justice As ‘White’ Bulger Trial Enters 5th Day of Deliberations

 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As jurors begin their fifth day of deliberations in the racketeering and murder trial reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger today, relatives of victims are hoping for some closure and justice, the USA Today reports.

Theresa Barrett Bond, however, may never get that closure because she has lost trust in the law enforcement system because of the FBI’s underhanded involvement with Bulger.

Bond said she has no doubt Bulger, who was the leader of the infamous Winter Hill Gang, killer her father, Arthur Barrett in 1983.

Authorities said Barrett was murdered after refusing to give Bulger a share of stolen loot from a $1.5 million bank heist in 1980.

“Because we had government agents on the take for money, our dads are dead,” Bond said Friday as the jury deliberated. Bulger “would have been (taken) off the streets if the government had done what it was supposed to do.”

Murder, Racketeering Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Begins Second Day of Deliberations

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jurors in the murder and racketeering trial of suspected mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will deliberate for the second day after both sides delivered their closing remarks Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murders and wreaking havoc in Boston as the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang. He faces dozens of charges.

Deliberations ended for the day Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and are expected to pick back up this morning.

Families of the victims didn’t stray far from the courtroom so they don’t miss the verdict being read.

“I feel relaxed, at ease with it, that it’s at the end and we’re here,” Steve Davis, whose 26-year-old sister Debra Davis was allegedly strangled by Bulger in 1981, told the Globe. “But it’s going to be nail-biting, jaw-crunching stress waiting for them to come back and wondering what they’re going to come back with.”

Racketeering, Murder Trial of Accused Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Goes to Deliberations Today

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury will begin deliberating today in the nearly month-long racketeering and murder trial against suspected mobster James “Whitey” Bulger after both sides delivered extensive closing arguments Monday, CNN reports.

Bulger, who is accused of participating in 19 murders as the head of the former Winter Hill Gang, was called one of the most “vicious, violent and calculating criminals to ever walk the streets of Boston” by the prosecution Monday.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney questioned the credibility of many of the witnesses, pointing out that some have extensive criminal backgrounds.

“If you cannot say in your deliberation that I personally can believe (prosecution witnesses) beyond a reasonable doubt, then the government cannot prove its case about the alleged murders,” Carney told the jury.

The trial has been marked with colorful testimony and occasional outbursts from Bulger.

Closing Arguments to Begin in Murder, Racketeering Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering case against accused mobster James ‘Whitey” Bulger may have reached its final days as prosecutors and defense attorneys prepare to present lengthy closing arguments today, the Associated Press wrote.

The nearly eight-week trial will give way to closing arguments after jurors heard testimony about 19 killings in which Bulger is accused of being involved.

It has been a long time coming. The 83-year-old man fled Boston ahead of an indictment, and he remained one of the most wanted fugitives until he was found in California in 2011.

Judge Denise Casper has given each side three hours and 15 minutes to present closing arguments.

The jury is expected to begin deliberating Tuesday.

Photos Showing Another Side ‘Whitey’ Bulger Includes a Priest Defrocked for Abusing Boys

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

But one photo showed Bulger relaxing on a sofa with a Catholic priest who had been defrocked for abusing young boys, ABC News reports.

The pictures were part of Bulger’s racketeering and murder trial as the defense winds down its arguments.

Other shots include Bulger with NFL hockey player Chris “Knuckles” Nilan holding the Stanley Cup, his two pet dogs and his girlfriend Catherine Greig.

“This is clearly an attempt to salvage his reputation. What other possible purpose is there to filing these kinds of documents?” Prosecutor Fred Wyshak said.

Today, Bulger must decide whether he’ll take the stand.

Defense Lawyers Claim ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was Never a Rat, Despite Mounting Evidence

 

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger continued to make the case that their client wasn’t an FBI informant, the Associated Press reports.

Bulger’s attorneys opened their case Tuesday in the murder and racketeering trial of the 83-year-old man accused of participating in 19 murders.

The Associated Press reports that Bulger’s attorneys grilled former FBI supervisor Robert Fitzpatrick, who indicated the reputed mobster denied being an informant.

Still, the FBI kept a file that showed Bulger often shared information on the mob and other criminals. Bulger’s associates also testified that he was an informant and regularly bribed FBI agents for information on investigations.

‘Whitey’ Bulger Henchman: Feds Allowed Mob Boss to Continue Breaking Law

Steve Flemmi/dateline nbc

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Corrupt FBI agent John Connolly urged the feds against prosecuting him and James “Whitey” Bulger so they could continue delivering information about rival gangs, a former henchman for the accused mob boss testified Wednesday, The Boston Globe reports.

Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi testified that Connolly helped them avoid indictments at a time when other gangs were being prosecuted.

“Jim Bulger and myself were taken out of the indictment,” Flemmi testified. “That’s what John Connolly told me and that’s what Jim Bulger told me.”

Instead of being charged, Flemmi testified that he and Bulger continued to commit crimes with the FBI’s knowledge, The Globe reported.