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Whitey Bulger Gets 2 Life Sentences

Also hit with millions in restitution, forfeiture

(Newser) - Whitey Bulger was today hit with two life sentences plus five years, plus millions in restitution, the Boston Globe reports. Bulger was found guilty of a slew of charges including murder, racketeering, money laundering, and extortion in August. Before sentencing Bulger, the judge called his crimes "heinous" and "...

Bulger Witness' Death Ruled a Murder

ME's office finds he died of cyanide poisoning, but police say it's not related to trial

(Newser) - The Massachusetts medical examiner's office has determined that cyanide poisoning killed Stephen Rakes , an alleged extortion victim of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger who had hoped to testify at Bulger's trial, prosecutors announced today. The medical examiner's office concluded that Rakes, 59, died of acute cyanide...

Whitey Bulger Found Guilty of Racketeering

Bulger acquitted on some murders, convicted on others

(Newser) - James "Whitey" Bulger has been found guilty of a raft of racketeering charges that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. The jury also found that the state had proven Bulger's guilt in 11 of the 19 murders he was accused of, along with several instances of...

Whitey Bulger Court Foe Was Poisoned

Business partner allegedly laced his McDonald's coffee

(Newser) - Remember that victim of Whitey Bulger who dropped dead suspiciously last month as the mob boss' trial was underway? Turns out, Stephen Rakes was murdered, say authorities in Boston. But, surprise, they don't think Bulger had anything to do with it. Instead, the local DA says a business partner...

Bulger Wants Cash Hidden in Walls Given to 2 Families

...of alleged victims

(Newser) - In a surprising and unusual move, Whitey Bulger said today that he'll give up the $822,000 in cash found in the walls of his apartment ... so long as it goes to the families of Michael Donahue and Brian Halloran , two of the people he's accused of murdering....

Ex-Partner: This Is How Bulger Murdered His Stepdaughter...

Says Whitey Bulger strangled her, then buried body in basement

(Newser) - Testifying in court today, Whitey Bulger's alleged former partner-in-crime gave a graphic account of how he says Bulger murdered his longtime girlfriend's daughter. According to Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, Deborah Hussey, who was 26 when she died in 1985, "had become a problem"—taking drugs,...

Key Witness in Whitey Bulger Trial Found Dead

Stephen Rakes was to say that Bulger threatened his daughter at gunpoint

(Newser) - A key witness in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger has been found dead in Lincoln, Mass., ABC News reports. Stephen "Stippo" Rakes was supposed to testify that Bulger and associate Stephen Flemmi had threatened his daughter at gunpoint to force him to let them use his South...

Whitey Bulger Swears at Witness in Court

'F--- you,' yells Bulger after being called a 'rat'

(Newser) - Ah, now there's the Whitey Bulger his old acquaintances knew well. After remaining quiet for much of his trial , the former mob leader had this heated little exchange with old chum Kevin Weeks in court today, reports the Boston Globe :
  • Weeks: "We killed people who are rats, and
...

31 Years Later, Family of Bulger Victim Gets Apology

Ex-FBI agent acknowledges he may have had indirect role in slaying

(Newser) - Former FBI agent John Morris took the stand in Whitey Bulger's trial today, and emotionally apologized to the family of Michael Donahue, one of Bulger's alleged—and accidental—victims. The Boston Globe explains how Donahue ended up behind the wheel of a car that was riddled with bullets...

Whitey Bulger a 'Hands-on Killer,' Say Feds

Defense goes after credibility of witnesses, denies he was FBI informant

(Newser) - A federal prosecutor said in opening statements today at James "Whitey" Bulger's racketeering trial that the reputed mobster was at the center of "murder and mayhem" in Boston for almost 30 years. The defense, meanwhile, acknowledged that Bulger had been a criminal but said he was nowhere...

Judge to Mobster: You Had No 'License to Kill'

Whitey Bulger didn't have 'immunity for future crimes'

(Newser) - Sorry, Whitey: Being a snitch doesn't allow you to commit murder. That's how a federal judge ruled today in the case of Whitey Bulger, a former Boston gang-leader who was arrested in California in 2011 and accused of taking part in 19 murders , reports the AP . Bulger claims...

Johnny Depp Will Star as Whitey Bulger

Actor signs on to play notorious Boston mobster in 'Black Mass'

(Newser) - Whitey Bulger is cooling his heels awaiting trial, but his game of "who gets to play me in the movie" just got fun: None other than Johnny Depp has signed on for Black Mass, reports Sky News , the movie delving into the underworld of Boston's mafia and the...

Feds: Whitey Bulger's Immunity Claims 'Absurd'

Mobster says feds gave him carte blanche in the '70s

(Newser) - Prosecutors are rolling their eyes over Whitey Bulger's assertions that authorities gave him permanent immunity from all prosecution for his work as an informant in the 1970s. In court documents filed on Friday, prosecutors called those claims "absurd" and "frivolous," and asked a judge to insist...

Whitey Bulger Hospitalized With Chest Pains

Relatives of some victims think gangster is trying to stall trial

(Newser) - James "Whitey" Bulger, the Boston gangster who was finally captured last year after 16-plus years on the run , was rushed to the hospital early yesterday with chest pains, officials tell the Boston Globe . Little is known about Bulger's condition, but this is at least the second time he'...

Guns, Cash, Crime Books: Whitey Bulger's Secret Life

Prosecutors reveal details of Bulger's life on lam

(Newser) - Meet Carol and Charlie Gasko. Charlie would stay up all night, looking out the apartment windows with binoculars. There were holes in the walls full of cash and guns, and stacks of books about crime and gangsters, including some about James "Whitey" Bulger. Of course, Charlie Gasko really was...

Girlfriend of Mobster Whitey Bulger Gets 8 Years

Catherine Greig: No regrets

(Newser) - The longtime girlfriend of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced today to eight years in prison for helping one of the FBI's most-wanted men stay on the run for 16 years, a life her lawyer said she doesn't regret because she still loves Bulger. Catherine Greig showed...

Damon, Affleck Making Whitey Bulger Flick

Sopranos writer to pen script

(Newser) - The Whitey Bulger story begs for the cinematic treatment—and it’s getting just that, courtesy of two guys who know a thing or two about Boston. Ben Affleck will direct Matt Damon as Bulger in the Warner Bros. release, with a script by Sopranos writer/producer Terence Winter. “I...

$2M Whitey Bulger Reward Goes to Ex Miss Iceland

Anna Bjornsdottir got to know neighbors she later recognized on CNN

(Newser) - A former Miss Iceland and Noxzema model has collected a $2 million reward for dropping a dime on long-time fugitive killer Whitey Bulger , according to the Boston Globe . Anna Bjornsdottir tipped off the FBI after getting to know Bulger and girlfriend Catherine Greig, aka Carol Gasko, while they were neighbors...

Whitey Bulger Pleads Not Guilty to 19 Murders

He's not due back in court until September

(Newser) - Accused Irish mob boss Whitey Bulger pled not guilty to a 32-count federal indictment alleging he participated in 19 murders. At a district court in Plymouth County, he proclaimed his innocence in a "clear" and "soft" voice that was barely above a whisper, reports the Boston Globe . His...

Taxpayers Will Pick Up Bill for Bulger's Defense

Judge rules he can't pay for attorney himself

(Newser) - Former reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was given a taxpayer-funded attorney yesterday after a judge concluded that he is unable to pay for his own lawyer. Prosecutors argued that Bulger's family—including his brother William Bulger, the former Massachusetts Senate president—have the means to help pay...

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