A day-by-day look at the Bulger trial as it unfolded.
The location of the former Stippo's liquor store in South Boston
The former owner of the Triple O’s bar in Boston told a federal jury today that he put James “Whitey” Bulger on the payroll, even though the notorious gangster never did any work.
“He wasn’t a guy to fool with,” Kevin O’Neil, 64, said. When asked if he had considered telling Bulger no, he responded, “I didn’t think it was smart.”
O’Neil also said he acquired a liquor store in South Boston that Bulger had allegedly extorted from the owner and again put Bulger on the payroll — as part of Bulger’s alleged money laundering schemes.
Known as Bulger’s “money man,” O’Neil pleaded guilty in 2004 to being part of Bulger’s crew, and was sentenced to a year in prison in exchange for his cooperation. Today was the first time he has testified in a public proceeding about his association with Bulger.
James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi.
During cross-examination, Bulger’s lawyer Hank Brennan suggested that Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi has made inconsistent statements about his longtime partner since the early 2000s. Brennan also said Flemmi agreed to cooperate with authorities only after he lost a challenge to his own racketeering case. Flemmi acknowledged that he sought better prison conditions once he began cooperating. When asked if he disliked being called a “rat” while in prison, Flemmi quipped, “I don’t think Mr. Bulger likes it, either.”
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A courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis (right), brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, yelling in anger after Bulger's former partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, identified Davis as a drug user and informant.
Deborah Hussey, who was allegedly murdered in 1984 by Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi and James "Whitey" Bulger.
Bulger’s former partner Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi described how he and Bulger killed numerous people, including Deborah Hussey, who was the daughter of Flemmi’s longtime girlfriend. Flemmi said he and Bulger were tipped off to a pending indictment in 1994, but Flemmi did not flee and was arrested while Bulger spent 16 years on the lam. Flemmi said he tried unsuccessfully to raise an immunity defense because he was cooperating with the FBI. He then agreed to cooperate with authorities.
Convicted murderer Stephen Flemmi described killings that he said James “Whitey” Bulger participated in.
Convicted murderer Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi testified that his former partner, notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, was involved in several murders, including the 1975 killing of bar owner Edward Connors in a phone booth on Morrissey Boulevard. Flemmi said he and Bulger shot Connors, who they believed was talking too much. Flemmi said Bulger told him he also killed Donald McGonagle, mistaking him for his brother Paul, member of a rival gang, in 1969. The Bulger gang also killed several other men, Flemmi testified.
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Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi testified in September 2008 in the murder trial of former FBI agent John Connolly.
Also Wednesday, the daughter of Roger Wheeler (pictured) testified that her father was slain in 1981.
David Lindholm, a former marijuana dealer, said he was making tens of millions of dollars before Bulger extorted him at gunpoint, threatening to “cut my head off.” He said he paid Bulger $250,000 after that meeting. Donald DeFago, a retired US Customs Service agent, said that an informant he cultivated in 1984, Quincy fisherman John McIntyre, went missing soon after he began cooperating with authorities. Bulger allegedly killed McIntyre after he learned he was cooperating. Also Wednesday, the daughter of an Oklahoma businessman testified that her father was slain in 1981, as he was trying to sell his business, World Jai Alai. Bulger is accused of giving approval to his associate to kill Wheeler on behalf of a Boston businessman who had been skimming money from the company and was afraid of being caught.
Edward “Brian” Halloran’s FBI informant card.
Jurors heard from Michael Solimando, a Boston businessman who said Bulger threatened him with a gun and extorted $400,000 from him. Bulger said Solimando’s friend John Callahan had owed him money from an investment before he was killed. According to prior testimony, Bulger allegedly sanctioned the murder of Callahan. Robert Halloran, the brother Edward “Brian” Halloran, testified that his brother feared Bulger and began cooperating with the FBI before he was killed.
Brian Halloran had agreed to testify against Bulger, his partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, and others in a bid to escape a murder charge in state court, but he soon became fearful.
Jurors heard from Richard Evans, retired chief medical examiner, who listed Bulger’s 19 alleged murder victims and the causes of their deaths. Patricia (Lytle) Carlson, John Martorano’s former girlfriend, testified that she received money from Bulger’s crew while Martorano was a fugitive. Former FBI agent Gerald Montanari testified that Edward “Brian” Halloran began cooperating with the FBI just before Bulger allegedly killed him. Bulger was allegedly tipped off that Halloran was an informant.
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“I waited and I waited for someone to call me and tell me where my husband was,” said Patricia Donahue.
Relatives of two of Bulger’s alleged victims, Debra Davis and Michael Donahue, told of the last time they saw their loved ones. Patricia Donahue said it was unfair that others involved in FBI corruption that led to her husband’s death are out on the streets. Former drug dealers Anthony Attardo and Paul Moore said Bulger’s crew extorted money from them. Former bookie Kevin Hayes said he was forced to pay rent to Bulger’s crew.
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Steve Davis, brother of alleged murder victim Debra Davis, answered a reporter's question outside federal court.
Ann Marie Mires, who was with the state medical examiner’s office until 2009, told a federal jury Thursday that investigators recovered the remains of Debra Davis and Tommy King, two of James “Whitey” Bulger’s alleged victims, from the edges of the Neponset River in Quincy in 2000. Earlier Thursday, US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper denied a request by Bulger for a delay in his trial, which defense attorneys said was needed because the 83-year-old gangster is “exhausted’’ by the fast pace of the trial.
Police dug up human remains across from Florian Hall on Jan. 13, 2000.
Ann Marie Mires, who worked with the state medical examiner’s office until 2009, told jurors in "Whitey" Bulger’s racketeering trial that investigators recovered the remains of Arthur “Bucky” Barrett, Deborah Hussey and John McIntyre from a secret grave in Dorchester. Mires spent the morning describing how investigators approach a crime scene and a dig site. Also, she described the process in examining remains.
At the request of “Whitey” Bulger’s lawyers, prosecution witness Kevin Weeks was asked to describe how guns were used and handled.
Kevin Weeks, the onetime protégé of James “Whitey” Bulger got into a heated, profanity-laced exchange with the gangster from the witness stand as he was being grilled by Bulger’s attorney near the end of a dramatic day of testimony. Weeks had earlier told the jury that he led investigators to the graves of three of Bulger’s alleged victims in 2000, after he began cooperating with authorities.
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Kevin Weeks (left) left the Moakley Courthouse after testifying in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger on Monday.
Kevin Weeks, the loyal tough guy whom James “Whitey” Bulger groomed as his protege, described in vivid detail Monday morning in US District Court in Boston how he first assisted Bulger in a murder. Weeks began cooperating with investigators in early 2000 after his own racketeering indictment. After learning that Bulger was an FBI informant, he led investigators to secret graves containing the remains of some of Bulger’s alleged victims. He served five years in prison for being an accessory to five murders and wrote a book about his exploits with Bulger.
Transcript of a recorded conversation between James "Whitey" Bulger and his brother, John "Jackie" Bulger.
James “Whitey” Bulger could be heard imitating a machine gun sound today as prosecutors played tapes of his jailhouse conversations in the notorious gangster’s trial in federal court in Boston.
Bulger was talking about the 1975 murder of Edward Connors, whom Bulger and his right-hand man, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi allegedly shot while he stood in a phone booth on Morrissey Boulevard.
Speaking to his nephew and niece, the children of William M. Bulger, the former president of the Massachusetts Senate, James Bulger said in an Oct. 13, 2012 recording that he had been mentioned as a suspect in the murder. “The guy in the phone booth. ... [Imitation of machine gun sound.] ... Somebody threw my name in the mix.”
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Disgraced former FBI agent John Morris wrapped up testimony July 1.
FBI report based on information allegedly provided by informant James "Whitey" Bulger.
Under questioning by Bulger’s defense, disgraced former FBI supervisor John Morris acknowledged that he took cash bribes and gifts from Bulger, and that his meetings with Bulger were often social in nature. Morris also acknowledged that he panicked when Stephen Flemmi, Bulger’s partner, was arrested in 1995, because he feared Flemmi would tell authorities about the bribes they gave to Morris. Bulger’s lawyers sought to show that Bulger was buying information from Morris, but that he did not provide information as an informant.
John Morris told of receiving bribes from James Bulger.
Jurors heard from John Morris, 67, a retired and disgraced FBI agent who was granted immunity for his testimony. Morris, who said he took $7,000 in cash and other gifts from Bulger, testified that the gangster was a prized informant. He also said that he grew concerned that Bulger’s handler, John J. Connolly Jr., had passed along information to Bulger that led to killings. Morris, Connolly’s supervisor, said he wanted to terminate Bulger as an informant but never did. At one point during Morris's testimony, Bulger angrily snarled "You’re a [expletive] liar," which prompted Assistant US Attorney Brian T. Kelly to ask US District Judge Denise J. Casper to tell Bulger to “keep his little remarks to himself when the witness is testifying.”
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The crime scene where Roger Wheeler was found.
A retired Miami police sergeant took the stand regarding the 1982 murder of John B. Callahan, to corroborate testimony that “Whitey” Bulger wanted to make it look like Callahan was killed by Cubans in a deal that had gone bad. Robert Yerton, a forensic lab technician from Oklahoma, also testified on the 1981 murder of Roger Wheeler.
James Marra, an agent from the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general, continued to introduce material from Bulger’s FBI informant file.
The widow of a man allegedly killed by “Whitey” Bulger in 1975 testified that Bulger told her that her husband had probably left town. Two other relatives of Bulger’s alleged victims also testified today: Joseph Leonard, Buddy Leonard’s brother; and Sandra Castucci, widow of Richard Castucci, owner of a lounge on Revere Beach Boulevard, who was killed in 1976.
Jackie Bulger, younger brother of James "Whitey" Bulger, left the courthouse Monday.
Even though his attorneys insist James “Whitey” Bulger was not an informant, a federal agent today provided details from the file of FBI Informant 1544 that showed Bulger gave authorities intelligence on South Boston crime figures and the Mafia, and tips in murders and other crimes that led to arrests.
The slaying of William O'Brien, 32, on Morrissey Boulevard in March 1973 came up during Friday's testimony of the "Whitey" Bulger trial.
Prosecutors brought more witnesses before the jury on the eighth day of testimony in the "Whitey" Bulger trial in an effort to show the human toll of the gangster’s alleged crimes. A son whose father was gunned down inside a Medford coffee shop, a woman whose husband suddenly vanished, and a professional gambler who survived a barrage of gunfire while riding in a car in 1973 all testified.
Louis Lapiana was shot and paralyzed, allegedly by a cohort of James “Whitey” Bulger.
Diane Sussman de Tennen took the witness stand to describe surviving a barrage of gunfire, allegedly from a cohort of “Whitey” Bulger, while riding in a car in the North End in 1973. Confessed killer John Martorano testified earlier this week that he was the person who fired into the car carrying Sussman de Tennen after mistaking it for a car being driven by the killer’s real target. Sussman de Tennen was wounded, along with her then-boyfriend Louis Lapiana. The driver, Michael Milano, was killed.
Roger Wheeler had just climbed into this car outside a Tulsa country club when he was fatally shot by John Martorano in 1981.
Confessed killer John Martorano completed his testimony in the trial of his former ally, James "Whitey" Bulger. Martorano admitted earlier in the day that he cooperated with law enforcement to avoid the death penalty for murders he committed in Oklahoma and Florida, and he was questioned relentlessly by Bulger defense attorney Henry Brennan about the plea deal that sent him to prison for just 12 years.
Edward Connors was shot dead in a phone booth in 1975.
A courtroom sketch (from left) depicts Whitey Bulger, witness John Martorano, and defense attorney J.W. Carney.
Richard O’Brien (right), left the US courthouse Friday after testifying in the racketeering trial against Bulger.
These are some of the weapons the prosecution says were part of James “Whitey” Bulger’s arsenal.
In the first full day of testimony, retired State Police colonel Thomas J. Foley, who headed the investigation into Bulger in the early 1990s, told jurors that the FBI sabotaged State Police efforts, forcing investigators to cut a deal with hit man John Martorano to expose Bulger’s relationship with the FBI. Retired State police detective Lieutenant Bob Long told jurors that someone impeded his investigation into Bulger in 1980. The defense team tried to use Foley’s testimony to argue that the FBI was so corrupt in its handling of the notorious South Boston gangster that its claim that he was an informant should not be believed.
James “Whitey” Bulger with his lawyer, J.W. Carney (right)