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In jail, Bulger breezily talked about violence

Jurors hear jail recordings touching on guns, killing, shifting of money

After weeks of observing a fairly passive James “Whitey” Bulger at his federal racketeering trial, jurors saw a starkly different side of the gangster Tuesday when they heard recordings of him bantering with relatives in jail last year about murder, gunplay, and funneling cash.

“Pa-pa-pa-pa-pow,” whispered Bulger, during the recorded conversation last Oct. 13, as he mimicked the sound of machine gun fire while describing what happened to “the guy in the phone booth.” Bulger was referring to Edward Connors, a tavern owner who was gunned down in a Dorchester phone booth in 1975, one of 19 people Bulger is accused of killing.

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