A former drug dealer who said he raked in millions of dollars selling marijuana told a federal jury Wednesday that James “Whitey” Bulger threatened him at gunpoint that “he’d cut my head off” if he refused to pay “rent,” or a fee to continue conducting his drug business.
“He told me if I didn’t do this some other people would come along and try to snatch me,” said William David Lindholm, 62, who grew up in Milton. “He was yelling.”
Lindholm said he was confronted by Bulger and three other men at the Marconi Club in Roxbury in 1983, and one of them put a gun loaded with only one bullet against his head and pulled the trigger, “Russian roulette” style.
“I was just glad to get myself out of there,” Lindholm said.
Testifying in Bulger’s racketeering trial, Lindholm said Bulger originally demanded $1 million during that encounter, but he was able to downplay the scale of his operation and bluffed Bulger down to a $250,000 payoff.
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