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    Famed crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger arrested in Santa Monica - latimes.com




    Legendary Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who has been on the run for more than a decade, was arrested Wednesday in Santa Monica, multiple law enforcement sources told The Times.

    Bulger, 81, has been the subject of several books and was the inspiration for "The Departed," a 2006 Martin Scorsese film staring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.

    Bulger fled Boston in late 1994 as federal agents were about to arrest him in connection with 21 killings, racketeering and other crimes that spanned the early 1970s to the mid-1980s.

    He was arrested by the FBI inside a building without incident, according to the sources, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. The details surrounding his arrest were unclear Wednesday night.

    The FBI in Los Angeles declined to comment.

    The arrest came as the FBI launched a media campaign in 14 cities to help determine Bulger's whereabouts.

    The last credible sighting of Bulger was in London in 2002, the FBI said.

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    Tuesday, I watched a commercial from the FBI offering a reward for those two. I was thinking that I wished I knew where they were living. Someone must have been watching the same commercial that I watched. Now they are going to be $ 2,100,000 richer. Lucky!!!

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    I was listening to a news item about this guy. His brother (Billy Bulger, I think) was a prominent and well-connected Mass. politician. People believe that because of that, Whitey got a long lead time in getting out of town before the Feds went looking for him. I think he was also one of the highest on the Most Wanted list after bin Laden was taken out.

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    Billy was leader of the state senate for 10 years and then president of University of Massachusetts for 7, much of this during the time before and after Whitey went on the lam. What a study in contrasts those two are. Billy is very bright and well educated. They've never found anything linking him to his brother's activities, though I wouldn't be surprised if he participated in the usual corrupt activities in the Mass state house.

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    Billy was the president of umass when I went there. He knew where whitey was.
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    It's good to see someone stick it to Whitey.

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    Billy was forced to step down from the university job over this if I recall correctly. He made or received a call to or from Whitey at a phone booth.
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    James “Whitey” Bulger, the alleged former crime boss from Boston who eluded the FBI for 16 years and had more than $800,000 in his apartment when he was arrested in California, will get a court-appointed attorney, a federal magistrate judge ruled this afternoon.

    “I find at this time that the defendant is unable to retain counsel,” said US Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler.

    Prominent defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr., a veteran of many high-profile murder cases, was appointed to represent Bulger.

    “I’m Jay Carney. My pleasure,” Carney said as he introduced himself and shook Bulger’s hand in the courtroom.

    Bowler found that Bulger did not have the financial resources to pay for his own attorney. She also said that she knew of no legal requirement that a defendant’s relatives pay for his defense.

    Bulger’s brother, William, is the former president of the Massachusetts state Senate and a former president of the University of Massachusetts. He is now drawing a sizeable state pension.

    Taxpayers are “paying his brother’s salary, and now we’ve got to pay his ... defense,” said Steven Davis, the brother of Debra Davis, one of James Bulger’s alleged victims.

    “Our Constitution guarantees every defendant the right to a fair trial, and we’re going to see that he gets it,” Carney said after the hearing.

    Carney is known for taking tough cases. His current clients include Tarek Mehanna, an alleged terrorist from Sudbury. Over the years, he has also made headlines representing John C. Salvi III, who attacked a Brookline abortion clinic in 1994, and Kenneth Seguin, a Holliston man who killed his entire family in 1992.

    Though many thought he would never be captured, James Bulger, 81, was arrested last week in oceanside Santa Monica, Calif., where he had been living a quiet life on the lam with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, 60.

    The decision by Bowler came during the second of two hearings in federal court today in the Bulger case, which has riveted the city, revived the pain of victims’ relatives, and generated widespread headlines.

    In the first hearing, US District Court Chief Judge Mark Wolf allowed prosecutors to drop 1995 charges against Bulger in favor of charges brought in 2000 that allege that Bulger played a role in 19 murders.

    “It is in the public interest that this case be dismissed,” Wolf said. “I find that the US attorney has made a good faith decision to dismiss this case.”

    Prosecutors had said that the second case was stronger, involved more serious charges, and posed a better chance of bringing justice to the victims’ relatives.

    Bulger made a dramatic entrance today in Boston when he disembarked from a US Coast Guard helicopter at Logan International Airport. The helicopter had brought him from the Plymouth jail, rather than the usual caravan of speeding vehicles.

    Video shot by NECN-TV and WHDH-TV showed a handcuffed Bulger, in an orange prison uniform, being helped out of the helicopter by a camouflage-clad officer armed with an assault rifle. Bulger, who appeared to be wearing ear protectors, crouched a little as he passed under the helicopter’s rotors toward an SUV waiting a short distance away. The alleged vicious gangster stood patiently by the open door of an SUV before being placed in it.

    Early in the afternoon, as the courtroom doors opened, officers allowed William Bulger and another brother, John, in first.

    Steven Davis, 53, whose sister James Bulger allegedly strangled in 1981, immediately protested.

    “Hey, why is he getting in first?” Davis said, and cursed as officers tried to calm him down.

    “It’s his brother,” one of the officers responded. “If he was your brother, I’d let youse in, too.”

    After the first hearing, Davis said he was furious that William Bulger went in before anyone else.

    “They had no right putting him in front of the victims’ families,” Davis said.

    Willliam and John Bulger sat next to each other. James Bulger winked at his two brothers while waiting for proceedings to begin.

    By the end of the day, it was clear the hours of complex legal wrangling had taken its toll.

    “I just wish they’d found him dead and we didn’t have to start over,” said John Davis, 62, another one of Debra Davis’s brothers.

    After the second hearing, Bulger was handcuffed as a US marshal prepared to take him back into custody. Steven Davis began clapping loudly. A court officer quickly chastised him.

    Tommy Donahue, son of murder victim Michael Donahue, said he could not blame Davis for becoming emotional. The families have waited for years for some sort of justice, he said.

    “It’s a long process,” Donahue said, standing outside the courtroom. “We have a long road ahead of us, but we’re closer than we’ve ever been before.”

    Bulger allegedly presided over a murderous reign in the Boston underworld, while being protected as a prized FBI informant.

    He fled just before Christmas 1994 after his corrupt former FBI handler, John J. Connolly Jr., warned him that he was about to be indicted. Bulger and his longtime sidekick, Stephen “the Rifleman’’ Flemmi, were indicted in January 1995, along with Francis “Cadillac Frank’’ Salemme, then boss of the New England Mafia, and four other men on racketeering and extortion charges.

    Bulger, Flemmi, and Salemme were accused of running illegal rackets in Greater Boston and extorting money from bookmakers.

    Bulger became the target of a worldwide manhunt. Flemmi tried to get the case dismissed by revealing that he and Bulger were FBI informants who provided the bureau with information about local Mafia leaders, including Salemme.

    But the defense backfired. Several of Bulger’s former associates began cooperating with investigators, leading them to secret graves of homicide victims and exposing Bulger’s cozy relationship with the FBI.

    The former associates’ assistance led to the 2000 indictment, which charged Bulger and Flemmi with 19 murders. Flemmi pleaded guilty to participating in 10 of those slayings and is serving a life sentence.




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    Notorious Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger Found Guilty of Racketeering

    A jury today found notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger guilty of 31 of the 32 racketeering and murder charges brought against him, including money laundering and 11 killings. The jury also ruled, however, that some of the homicide allegations pinned to Bulger remain "not proven."


    Bulger, who was charged with having a hand in 19 murders as head of the Winter Hill Gang, was arrested in 2011 in Santa Monica, California. After Bulger's trial began in June of this year, allegations came out claiming that Bulger had been an FBI informant during at least part of his reign of terror in Boston. Bulger vehemently denies the claims, saying that while he paid for information from crooked Feds, he never supplied secrets of his own.


    Many of Bulger's former henchmen testified against him throughout the trial, leading to this genius courtroom exchange between Bulger and former associate Kevin Weeks, who testified he had helped Bulger murder five people:

    Bulger: You suck.
    Weeks: Fuck you okay.
    Bulger: Fuck you too.
    Weeks: What do you want to do?
    The court: Hey.

    The trial had been a strange one all around. Besides the outbursts and all the gangster mythologizing, it included the murder of a man named Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, an enemy of Bulger's who had asked prosecutors to let him testify against the crime boss. Rakes turned up dead, but authorities have ruled his homicide as being related to an incident separate from Bulger's trial.


    Earlier this month, Bulger, who alleged that he'd once been granted immunity for his crimes by a now-dead federal prosecutor, told Judge Denise Casper that he would not testify in his own defense because Casper would not allow him to share is immunity claim.


    "I do disagree, and that’s the way it is," Bulger told her. "And my thing is, as far as I’m concerned, I didn’t get a fair trial, and this is a sham, and do what youse want with me. That’s it. That’s my final word.’"


    Bulger's sentencing date has been set for November 13. At 83, it's likely he will spend the rest of his life in jail.
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    He actually said "youse"? Guilty!

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    it's that wicked bahston accent
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    I watched a pretty interesting show on him Saturday.
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