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James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Guilty of Racketeering, Murder

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Booking photos: James “Whitey” Bulger

James “Whitey” Bulger, the reputed former head of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, evaded police for 16 years before being arrested with girlfriend Catherine Greig in Santa Monica, California, in 2011.

After a lengthy trial, Bulger was found guilty on 31 of 32 counts — including involvement in 11 murders.

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BOSTON — Two years ago, James “Whitey” Bulger — the famed and much-feared head of the Boston mob — was sitting pretty in Santa Monica, California.

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Booking photos: James “Whitey” Bulger

Today, he’s sitting in prison, where he could potentially spend the rest of the life.

The turn of events was capped Monday when a federal jury found the former mob boss guilty on 31 of 32 counts — including extortion, money laundering, drug dealing and weapons possession. The jury held Bulger responsible for the murder of 11 people.

The 83-year-old Bulger faces a maximum sentence of up to life, plus 30 years in prison.

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BOSTON — After almost a month of colorful witnesses and rancorous testimony, the jury begins deliberations Tuesday in the trial of alleged crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger.

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Booking photos: James “Whitey” Bulger

As he addressed the jury in his closing arguments Monday, prosecuting attorney Fred Wyshak called Bulger one of the most “vicious, violent and calculating criminals to ever walk the streets of Boston.”

Bulger is accused of 19 killings and 13 counts of extortion and money laundering during a 20-year “reign of terror” that defined South Boston from the early ’70s through 1995, when Bulger fled Boston.

The prosecution took close to three and a half hours for its closing. The defense took over two and a half hours to make its case, then the prosecution had the final word in a rebuttal.

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BOSTON, Mass. (KTLA) — Prosecutors in the murder trial of alleged mob boss Whitey Bulger painted the long-time Santa Monica resident as a brutal killer on Friday.

Bulger, 83, remained unemotional in a Boston courtroom as a list of crimes he was accused of committing was read, according to court reporters.

The prosecutors showed the jury pictures of him meeting with alleged members of the Italian and Irish mafia.


Whitey Bulger is on trial in Boston for the murders of 19 people.

Bulger has pleaded not guilty to killing 19 people.  His trial is expected to last at least three months.

FBI agents described Bulger as a stone cold killer who would personally get involved in cutting off fingers and hands of victims and pulling out their teeth.

Bulger was on the FBI’s most wanted list until agents arrested him in 2011 at the Princess Eugenia apartments in Santa Monica, where he had allegedly been hiding out for decades.

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