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Is the Whitey Bulger Trial Destroying the Myth Behind the Man?

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‘Whitey’ Bulger Accomplice And Hit Man Describes Murders in Alarming Detail at Trial

 

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Steve Neavling
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John Martorano, a star witness in the prosecutor’s murder and racketeering case against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, described chilling details of killing people, sometimes the wrong ones, The Boston Globe reports.

Martorano, a friend-turned-foe of Bulger’s, implicated the mob boss in six slayings in the 1970s on Wednesday and is expected to reveal more today.

“I went in and shot him . . . in the heart,” said Martorano, recounting how he wore a white meat cutter’s coat and yellow construction hat to ambush one victim in 1973.

It was the first time Martorano, 72, testified against Bulger, 83, who sat nearby in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Bulger is charged with participating in 19 murder in the 1970s and ’80s.

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Star Government Witness Describes Murders He Says He Committed for ‘Whitey’ Bulger

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An aging mobster and star government witness testified Tuesday that his heart was broken after learning that mob boss and friend James “Whitey” Bulger was an FBI informant, CNN reports.

“It broke my heart. It broke all loyalties,” said John Martorano, an alleged hit man who described the people he said he murdered. 

Bulger is accused of killing 19 people during nearly two decades.

Martorano, who lives on Social Security after serving 12 years in prison, testified that he pulled the trigger while Bulger was along to ensure a successful “hit.”

Ex-Hit Man to Testify Today Against Former Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger in Murder Trial

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will see a familiar face take the stand today in his murder and racketeering trial in Boston, Reuters reports.

A former hit man plans to testify against his ex-boss and uncover grizzly details of Bulger’s reign of terror.

Bulger, 83, faces a 32-count indictment stemming from his activities as the reputed boss of “Winter Hill Gang.”

On Friday, Richard O’Brien, a bookmaker who made illegal bets on sports, testified Friday that Bulger was a threatening force.

“Rather than being in the bookmaking business and taking the unknown gamble, they would take rent like you would for an apartment,” O’Brien testified.

State Police: FBI Agents Repeatedly Sabotaged Investigation of Mob Boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal law enforcement officials intentionally misled state and local authorities who were investigating mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, a former senior Massachusetts state police officer testified during the second day of Bulger’s criminal trial, The Hartford Courant reports.

Retired State Police Col. Thomas Foley said some FBI agents sabotaged the investigation by tipping off Bulger about surveillance and other investigative measures.

“Were you surprised that members of the Boston FBI were trying to circumvent and undercut your investigations?” Bulger lawyer Hank Brennan asked during cross-examination.

“Yes,” Foley replied. “I was naïve on some things, yes. I’m not sure at one point we started questioning what was going on.”

Since the 1980s, Foley said he knew that Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang was one of the most dangerous groups in the country, Reuters wrote.

Defense Opens Trial Telling Jurors ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was Never an FBI Informant

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 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was never an FBI informant, his attorney said during opening statements in a trial that alleges 19 counts of murder, U.S. News & World Report writes.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney said Bulger never worked as an FBI informant against Italian mob rivals.

“Number one, James Bulger is of Irish descent,” Bulger’s defense attorney J.W. Carney said in court. “And the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant.”

Bulger was arrested in June 2011 after spending 12 years on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list.

Richard DesLauriers, Head of Boston FBI, Announces He’s Retiring And Joining Private Sector

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Steve Neavling
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Richard DesLauriers, who has led the Boston FBI office since July 2010, announced he’s retiring from the bureau and taking a job in the private sector, The Boston Globe reports.

DesLauriers, who most recently led the response to the Boston Marathon bombings, will retire effective July 13 as he prepares to take a job as vice-president corporate security with Penske Group, a suburban Detroit transportation company, the Globe reported.

DesLauriers also is known for helping capture mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

“I think it’s been a very eventful three years,” he said. “We’ve had some tremendous accomplishments.”

 

Long-Awaited Trial of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Begins Today in Boston Courtroom

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Opening statements begin today in the long-anticipated trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, who is accused of murder, racketeering, extortion, money laundering, gun stockpiling and drug dealing.

Before his arrest, Bulger was so notorious that he shared the top spot on the FBI’s most-wanted list with terrorist Osama bin Laden, The New York Times reports.

A jury was sworn in Tuesday from a pool of 858 candidates, The Times reported.

Bulger also happened to be a long-time FBI informant.