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The Boston Globe


Kevin Cullen

Defense sketching out a fantasy land

It wasn’t a tale of two cities so much as a tale of two alternative universes.

In one, outlined by an understated federal prosecutor named Brian Kelly, Whitey Bulger emerges as the most vicious and venal of men, someone who was capable of shooting someone in the head in cold blood and then lying down for a nap. A man who lost no sleep after strangling young women and burying them in shallow graves. A man who, with the protection of a corrupt FBI, robbed and stole and murdered and built a fortune worth millions.

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