Jurors stared in awed silence Wednesday as gruesome crime scene photos of James “Whitey” Bulger’s alleged handiwork were flashed across screens around the courtroom: a bloodied body crumpled in a telephone booth, a bullet-riddled corpse at the morgue, a car littered with shell casings and shattered glass.
The relatives of some of the victims, who have come to US District Court in Boston nearly every day of Bulger’s racketeering trial, focused intently on the images. But Patricia Donahue deliberately looked away. She sat in the courtroom’s front row with the three sons she raised alone after her husband, Michael, was gunned down in 1982 along the South Boston Waterfront.
“I have anxiety attacks,” said a visibly shaken Donahue, who could not bear to look at the photos of the blue Datsun, its windows shot out and blood splattered inside. Her husband was giving a ride to Edward “Brian” Halloran, who prosecutors say was Bulger’s intended target. Both men were killed.
“It brings back too many bad memories for me,” she said. “I feel that knife in my stomach. . . . I don’t want to remember him that way, I want to remember the way I remember him.”
On the sixth day of testimony, prosecutors shifted focus to the victims as hit man-turned-witness John Martorano wrapped up his testimony and as a Boston police detective was called to the stand.
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