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Bulger verdict puts end to historic saga

83-year-old South Boston gangster will spend rest of his life in prison; some victims’ relatives say they were denied justice

A federal jury Monday found that James “Whitey” Bulger participated in drug trafficking, 11 murders — including strangling a young woman — and assorted other crimes, a verdict that sends the aging gangster to jail for life and punctures the “good bad guy” myth he cultivated over decades.

Bulger, 83, stood passively in US District Court on the same South Boston waterfront where he committed some of his crimes, as a clerk repeatedly proclaimed “guilty” to 31 of the 32 counts with which he had been charged. As he was led away, he turned and gave a thumbs-up sign to his family members, before he was heckled by a relative of one of his many victims.

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