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Bulger backs a convict’s attempt for freedom

Ties 1980 killing to another man

Fred Weichel, a South Boston man who has spent more than 32 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit, has found an unlikely ally in an ongoing court battle to get his conviction overturned. That ally: James “Whitey” Bulger.

In a series of letters sent from jail last fall, Bulger — who is familiar with the 1980 murder because he acknowledges playing an indirect role in it — wrote that the real killer was an unnamed close friend of Weichel, not Weichel himself.

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