Metro

BOSTON

Death of Bulger extortion victim is ruled a homicide

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has officially ruled the July death of Stephen “Stippo” Rakes a homicide, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney said Friday.

An autopsy determined that the 59-year-old Quincy man died of acute cyanide toxicity, said spokeswoman Stephanie Chelf Guyotte.

Advertisement

Authorities will now seek additional charges against William Camuti, Chelf Guyotte said. Camuti, 69, of Sudbury, is already charged with attempted murder, misleading police, and unlawful disposition of human remains after allegedly putting cyanide in Rakes’ iced coffee and discarding his body in Lincoln.

Rakes was an alleged extortion victim of James “Whitey” Bulger nearly three decades ago.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at Haven.egresitz@globe.com.
Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com