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James ‘Whitey’ Bulger: Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Racketeering & Murder

Mon, August 12, 2013 2:43pm EDT by eleanorehl 1 Comment
James Whitey Bulger Guilty

After five days of deliberation, the 83-year-old former crime figure from Massachusetts was found guilty of racketeering, murder, 22 money laundering counts and guilty of all gun charges.

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, 83, was charged with 11 counts of murder, racketeering, extortion, money laundering and weapons violations on August 12. After a 16 year long manhunt and a five day long trial, he is now facing life in prison.

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger — Guilty Of Murder

Whitey was found guilty of more than 30 crimes, including the murders of of Paul McGonagle, Edward Connors and James Sousa, confirms The Boston Globe. Many family members of Bulger’s victims held hands and wept in the Bostoncourtroom as the verdicts were read out, and justice was served.

The murders all occurred between the 1970s and 80s, before he fled Boston in 1994 ahead of indictment. After a 16 year manhunt, he was captured in Santa Monica in 2011.

After five days of deliberations, the jurors reached a verdict of guilty. The verdict brought to an end a trial lasting two months during which around 70 of the list of 82 witnesses were called and 800 exhibits submitted as evidence.

Whitey Bulger — No Robin Hood

Whitey was famous for being known as Robin Hood figure in Boston, who just wanted to protect his neighborhood, but the trial revealed him to be a cold-blooded killer. He was described as a scheming, sinister presence and a brutal killer whose victims included young women and innocent bystanders.

He worked under a cloak of protection from the FBI, for whom he was an informant. Corrupt agents fed him tips that he used to kill rivals.

He gave the thumbs up to his family on the way out of the courtroom, and was reported to have shown no remorse.

He will be sentenced on November 13.

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