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Kevin Cullen

Courtroom tales bring Whitey’s reign of fear into focus

For the first few days of his trial, Whitey Bulger had been sitting at the defendant’s table wearing bad clothes and a blank expression. He looked like some guy waiting for a bus at South Station.

But on Friday he smiled. He smiled at Dickie O’Brien, a bookie he used to shake down.

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