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Whitey Bulger was a preeminent figure in Boston's organized crime scene from the 1970s until the mid-'90s, when he fled the area. Captured in 2011, he was later found guilty of federal racketeering, extortion, conspiracy and 11 murders.
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An inside look at the life of Whitey Bulger from T.J. English, author of "Whitey's Playbook." Video courtesy of Open Road Media.
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In the spring of 1994, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Massachusetts State Police and the Boston Police Department launched an investigation into Bulger's gambling operations. In early 1995, Bulger and his associate, Stephen Flemmi, were indicted. Bulger, however, managed to slip through the authorities grasp. According to federal sources, Bulger's FBI handler, longtime friend Special Agent John Connelly, tipped Bulger off to the 1995 indictment,
allowing the criminal to flee with his common law wife, Theresa Stanley.
Bulger returned a month later, after Stanley decided that she wanted to return to her children, but fled again soon after with a mistress, Catherine Greig. In 1999, Bulger was officially named on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list, at one point being designated the bureau's second most-wanted man, behind only Osama bin Laden. A $1 million reward was issued for providing any information leading directly to his arrest.
Bulger's reign of Boston's underworld came to an end in June 2011, when he was caught and arrested in Santa Monica, California. He had been living there with Greig at the time, and had continued to pursue a life of crime, according to authorities.
Jury selection in Bulger's trial began in early June 2013. Bulger faced a 33-count indictment, including money laundering, extortion, drug dealing, corrupting FBI and other law-enforcement officials, and participating in 19 murders. He was also charged with federal racketeering for allegedly running a criminal enterprise from 1972 to 2000.
On August 12, 2013, after a two-month trial, a jury of eight men and four women deliberated for five days and found Bulger guilty on 31 counts including federal racketeering, extortion, conspiracy and 11 murders. They found he was not guilty of 7 murders and could not reach a verdict on one murder. Bulger was sentenced to two life sentences plus five years in prison on November 13, 2013. According to the Chicago Tribune, U.S. District Judge Denise Casper told Bulger that "The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable," during his sentencing hearing.
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