Bulger sentenced, escorted from sight

After being sentenced to two life sentences plus five years, James “Whitey” Bulger gave his lawyer an awkward embrace and shuffled silently out of the public eye, possibly for good.

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“We were a happy, loving young family with hopes and dreams, and he was the soul of our family,” Patricia Donahue (center) said of her husband, Michael, who was killed in 1982.

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“You told me, ‘Your father’s not coming home for Christmas.’ When I asked who this is, you stated, ‘Santa Claus,’ ” said Sean McGonagle, whose father, Paul, vanished in 1974.

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“Shame on you, Mr. Bulger,” said David Wheeler, son of Roger Wheeler, who was killed in 1981. “For all your notoriety, you are a punk, and you don’t even matter anymore.”

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“There is a stigma attached to murder that only the victims’ families know, and it is mentally exhausting,” said Kathleen Nichols, daughter of Edward Connors, who was killed in 1975.

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“I hope Whitey dies the same way my sister did, gasping for breath as he takes his last breath,” said Steve Davis, the brother of Debra Davis, who was killed in 1981.

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“I just want to say for the seven families of the not proven ... just because it was not proven, doesn’t mean you’ll be forgotten,” said William O’Brien, born several days after his father was killed in 1973.

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Tom Angeli (right) said he held Bulger responsible for his father’s death, even though the jury found it was not proven.

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James Bulger “did not want to validate the trial by participating directly, or indirectly, through us in the sentencing process,” said his attorney, J.W. Carney Jr.

The most dramatic words came from Theresa Bond’s father, Arthur “Bucky” Barrett, was killed in 1983. “Do you have remorse for taking my father’s life?” she asked. “I think you do. I forgive you.”

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The most dramatic words came from Theresa Bond, whose father, Arthur “Bucky” Barrett, was killed in 1983. “Do you have remorse for taking my father’s life?” she asked Bulger. “I think you do. I forgive you.”

kevin cullen

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“The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable,” Judge Denise Casper told Whitey Bulger at his sentencing.

Bulger judge: He caused ‘unfathomable harm’

Here are excerpts of remarks that US District Judge Denise J. Casper made in court.

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A federal jury found that James “Whitey” Bulger participated in drug trafficking, 11 murders and assorted other crimes.

Kevin Cullen

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Southie has been reborn since Bulger left, and he won’t get to profit off it. Like the old South Boston, he is now a thing of the past.

Legal Analysis

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The “Whitey” Bulger trial produced a victory for US prosecutors but painted an ugly picture of government corruption.

Kevin Cullen

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For the last two months, Bulger sat in court looking like a guy waiting for a bus. On Monday, it looked like that bus ran him over.

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The jury’s findings on James “Whitey” Bulger’s culpability in 19 murders brought rage and tears.

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The people of South Boston did not need a jury to tell them that James “Whitey” Bulger was as bad as advertised.

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On Monday, the former neighbors of “Whitey” Bulger said they were relieved to hear that the elderly gangster probably would die in prison.


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It is a portrait of the gangster as a grumpy old man, hunkered down in a Santa Monica flat with his girlfriend. Neighbors liked them, but no one got close — or, rather, almost no one. And that was their undoing.


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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/08/12/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/graphic5-5016crom.jpg The Bulger verdict explained

See how the jury ruled on each count, and what each charge means.

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The Globe provided a daily look at the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger.

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Sort and sift through the evidence presented at the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger.

Interactive map

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See Boston as “Whitey” Bulger did. This map pinpoints some notable locations in Bulger’s past.

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“Whitey” Bulger faced a racketeering indictment and was accused of participating in 19 killings.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/06/12/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Advance/Images/courtroon-big-095--90x90.jpg Inside the courtroom

The trial is not televised, but we take you inside the courtroom at John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse.

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The trial of “Whitey” Bulger featured a dizzying array of witnesses, victims, and cohorts, not to mention sizeable law enforcement and legal teams.

Whitey Bulger book

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Based on exclusive access and previously undisclosed documents, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow James "Whitey" Bulger's criminal career, from teenage thievery, to bank robberies, to the building of his underworld empire, and to becoming an informant for the FBI.

Author bio

http://c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/02/07/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/murphy.jpg About Shelley Murphy

Murphy has covered Whitey Bulger and organized crime in Boston since 1985, beginning at the Boston Herald and moving to the Globe in 1993. She has won a George Polk Award for National Reporting.

Author bio

http://c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/02/07/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/cullen.jpg About Kevin Cullen

Cullen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for the Boston Globe since 1985, was the first to raise questions about Whitey Bulger’s relationship with the FBI. He has also won the Goldsmith Prize, the George Polk Award, and the Selden Ring Award.

Book preview

http://c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/02/10/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bulger2-3924.jpg A window into Whitey’s brutal life and mind

A new biography, written by the Globe’s Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, looks at James “Whitey” Bulger and notes that he offered himself for execution in exchange for the release of his girlfriend.

More coverage of the trial

With approval from Catherine Greig’s attorney, James J. Bulger’s lawyer visited her at a detention center in Rhode Island to deliver a letter the gangster had written to her on a legal pad. She then wrote her own letter to him.

With sobs, Bulger, Greig traded jailhouse love letters

“Whitey” Bulger and Catherine Greig wrote the letters on a legal pad ferried between prisons by a defense attorney.

In a courtroom sketch, James Bulger refused to look at Steve Davis as he spoke about his sister.

Relatives of Bulger’s victims tell of anguish

James “Whitey” Bulger refused to look at the relatives of his victims as they told of the impact of the deaths of their loved ones.

Special report: Whitey's life in exile


Whitey Bulger’s life in exile

It is a portrait of the gangster as a grumpy old man, hunkered down in a Santa Monica flat with his girlfriend. Neighbors liked them, but no one got close — or, rather, almost no one. And that was their undoing.

The tipster

Beauty bonded with Greig over cats

Anna Bjornsdottir called the FBI from her native Iceland on June 21, to report that the fugitive gangster and his girlfriend could be found in California, 4,300 miles away.

The hunt for Whitey

June 24, 2011

A booking photo shows James

Bulger manhunt ends

FBI agents and Los Angeles police arrested the infamous Boston crime boss and his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, without incident at a Santa Monica, Calif., apartment building near the beach, ending a 16-year international manhunt.

Whitey Bulger's associates

John Connolly embraced his sister, Sally, after a jury in Miami found him guilty yesterday of second-degree murder.

Nov. 7, 2008

Miami jury convicts Connolly

A Florida jury convicted retired agent John J. Connolly Jr. of second-degree murder for plotting with informants James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi to kill a potential witness against them 26 years ago.

John Martorano testified against former FBI agent John Connoll in 2008.

March 20, 2007

Ex-hitman looks to lead quiet life

John Martorano become a free man after killing 20 people and serving 12 years and two months in an undisclosed federal prison out of state.

Special Report: Whitey & The FBI (1998)

“He knew I’d never help him, but he knew I’d never hurt him.’’ - Former FBI agent John Connolly

Whitey & the FBI | Part 1: Crossing the line

Agent, mobster forge a pact on old Southie ties

Lining up Whitey Bulger as an informant was surely a coup in the FBI’s crusade against the local Mafia. But the arrangement would veer wildly off track.

Harry Angiulo and Whitey Bulger met in a garage on Lancaster Street in 1980.


Agents gave Bulger starring role - but was it real?

Once-secret FBI documents, interviews with sources inside and outside law enforcement, and recent court testimony show Whitey Bulger deserves little credit for the fall of the Angiulo Mafia family.

Special report: Whitey's Fall (1995)

The story behind Whitey’s fall

Whitey Bulger and Kevin Weeks were seen walking at South Boston’s Castle Island in 1994.

New team, tactics hastened Whitey Bulger’s fall

The case against against Whitey Bulger marks a sea change in local law enforcement, an unprecedented coalition that has done much to overcome the ill will arising from Bulger’s role as an informant.

Special Report: The Bulger Mystique (1988)

The Bulger Mystique | Part 1

Senate president: A mix of family, Southie, power

Bill Bulger’s unusual background of scholarship and mean streets has produced a paradoxical politician who defies the ready labels of his trade.

William Bulger spoke to supporters at a mid-1970s antibusing rally in Charlestown near the Bunker Hill monument

The Bulger Mystique | Part 2

As brothers flex muscles, busing enters the picture

As the 1970s progressed, the approaching maelstrom of court-ordered school busing would test them both Whitey and Billy Bulger.