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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.

Witness in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case Found Dead under Suspicious Circumstances

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Stephen “Stippo” Rakes waited decades to testify against accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. 

Rakes will never get the chance because he was found dead in what is being described as a suspicious death, the Boston Globe reports.

Rakes, who had accused Bulger of stealing ownership of his South Boston liquor store, was found dead near a popular walking trail in Lincoln.

But authorities believe Rakes’ body may have been dumped there, the Globe reported.

An autopsy is underway to determine the because of death.

“I can assure you my ex-husband did not commit suicide,” Rakes’s former wife, Julie Dammers, told the Globe.

Drug Dealer Says Accused Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Forced Him to Play Russian Roulette

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Accused Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger forced a former drug kingpin to play Russian roulette in the back room of a nightclub in 1983, according to testimony at the racketeering and murder trial, Reuters reports.

“The conversation wasn’t going too well… But I wasn’t going to pay him $1 million. I just wasn’t going to do it,” William David Lindholm testified.

Lindholm said Bulger, leader of the Winter Hill Gang, wanted $1 million in cash. Bulger lodged a bullet in the chamber and pulled the trigger with the gun pointing at Lindholm’s head.

Lindholm said he convinced Bulger that his marijuana dealing wasn’t as big as it was and only had to turn over $250,000, Reuters wrote.

Judge Denies Postponement of ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Murder, Racketeering Trial

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge in the murder and racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger rejected a bid by the accused mobster’s attorneys to postpone the case, the Boston Globe reports.

Defense attorneys have complained that Bulger, who is 83, is getting weak from the long court days. They also say they need more time to prepare for the inundation of evidence by the prosecutor.

The case is moving faster than many anticipated and likely will end much sooner than the expected end date in September.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Hafer said Bulger “had 16 years to relax” as a fugitive.

“The victims in this case have waited long enough for justice,” Hafer said.

Reputed Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger Loses Temper During Murder, Racketeering Trial

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Reputed mob boss James “Whitey”  Bulger lost his cool in court for the second time in his three-week-old trial for murder and racketeering, The New York Times reports.

Bulger became agitated while one of the government witnesses, John Morris, a former FBI witness, was testifying about Bulger’s role as an FBI informant. Bulger used an expletive and called Morris a liar, according to The Times.

Bulger has sought to show he was not an informant during his alleged reign in Boston.

“Whether it’s the ego of the defendant or his reputation he wants to preserve that he was not an informant,” Fred Wyshak, the lead prosecutor, said. “it’s a ridiculous contention.”

Witnesses Raise Questions About Reliability of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Records During Murder Trial

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Was reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger a rat?

During tense testimony Tuesday in Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial, his defense attorneys tore into government witnesses who acknowledged Bulger’s files were falsified or inaccurate, the New York Daily News reports.

FBI files suggest Bulger ratted out friends and associates, but defense attorneys said the records can’t be trusted – by the witnesses’ own admission, the Daily News reported. 

Bulger, 83, is fighting 32 counts of racketeering and extortion and 19 murder-related charges.

He’s also fighting for his reputation.

Notorious Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger to Testify in Own Murder Trial

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 James “Whitey” Bulger,  the notorious Boston mobster, plans to take the witness stand in his trial in March and explain that he received immunity while helping the FBI, his attorney said Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

Prosecutors say the Justice Department offered no deal to clear Bulger of charges that he participated in 19 murders when he was a top FBI informant against the mob.

Bulger, former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, eluded capture in 1994 and wasn’t caught until last year at the age of 82.

His testimony before a jury is expected to reveal the inner workings of the FBI and life as a mobster.