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Bulger foe was poisoned; attempted murder charges filed

Stephen “Stippo” Rakes, a potential witness in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger who was found dead two weeks ago, was allegedly poisoned by a business associate who owed him money and who laced his McDonald’s iced coffee with potassium cyanide, authorities said Friday.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said William Camuti, 69, lured Rakes to a Waltham McDonald’s with the promise of a lucrative investment deal. He allegedly ordered two iced coffees and laced one with cyanide, serving it to Rakes, prosecutors said. Camuti then allegedly drove his associate around for several hours before dumping his body in a wooded area in Lincoln near a walking path where it was found the next day.

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