He told everybody who would listen that he’d get up on the witness stand and take on all comers. He wrote long, wounded letters from jail, talking about the FBI’s duplicity, boasting about how he couldn’t wait to get up there in the courthouse named after his old neighbor Joe Moakley and show up the government and its agents for the liars they are.
Whitey Bulger referred to his trial dismissively as “The Big Show,” and he was right because he played it like theater right up to the moment that his lawyer, Jay Carney, dramatically pulled the curtain to reveal . . . no one standing there.