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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.”

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

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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.

Experts Say Reputed Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger May Be Unable to Resist Testifying in Own Trial

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Will reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger testify in his own murder and racketeering trial?

Some experts believe it may be too hard for Bulger to resist.

“He’s already done-in. He’s going to die in prison,”  James McDonald, a lawyer for corrupt FBI agent John Connolly, told the Boston Herald. “This is the time to say what he’s going to say.”

But defense attorneys said it would be damaging if Bulger testifies in his own trial.

“From a defense attorney’s perspective, I’d rather he not take the stand,” William Kickham, an attorney and courtroom commentator, told the Boston Herlad.

“The risk of cross-examination is always very high. However, I think Whitey Bulger knows the chances of him walking away from this a free man are zero to none. I don’t think Bulger will be able to resist.”

Today, the defense takes center stage after prosecutors rested their case Friday.

‘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.

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.

Toxicology Reports May Shed Light on What Killed Former ‘Whitey’ Bulger Witness

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Officials have not yet determined the cause of death of an alleged extortion victim of James “Whitey” Bulger who was found dead a day after learning he wouldn’t be testifying in the racketeering and murder trial of the suspected mob boss, The Boston Herald reports

An autopsy of Stephen M. “Stippo” Rakes provided inconclusive evidence, and officials are awaiting the toxicology reports. 

In the meantime, Rakes will be mourned Wednesday at the William F. Spencer Funeral Home on East Broadway in South Boston, the Herald reported.

Rakes was 59 and left behind three children and two grandchildren.

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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.

South Shore Businessman Testified That ‘Whitey’ Bulger Forced Him to Pay Friend’s $300,000 Debt

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just weeks after his friend was killed in 1982, a South Shore businessman came face-to-face with James “Whitey” Bulger.

Michael Solimando testified in the racketeering and murder trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, saying the accused mobster ordered him at gunpoint to pay his friend’s $400,000 outstanding debt, the Boston Globe reports.

“We want our money,” Solimando said Bulger told him. “He pulled a revolver out and stuck it in my face and told me how disappointed he was that I hadn’t come to him sooner.”

Solimando said he had little choice but to hand over the money.

“It was either that or get killed,” said Solimando. “I was sufficiently scared, I’ll tell you that.”