The Bulger trial — a day-by-day recap

A day-by-day look at the Bulger trial as it unfolded.
Day 41
Aug. 12, 2013
Boston Police/File
A 1953 Boston Police booking photo of James "Whitey" Bulger.
Day 40
Aug. 9, 2013
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Media waited outside the courthouse for a verdict.
    Jurors in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger were dismissed for the weekend to return Monday for a fifth day of deliberations. Earlier in the day, as jurors deliberated for the fourth day, a fight broke out over what to do with the $822,000 in cash found hidden inside Bulger’s California apartment in 2011.
  • Kevin Cullen: Waiting for the unknown
Day 39
Aug. 8, 2013
Jessica Rinaldi for the Boston Globe
The jury is “clearly looking closely at the evidence,” said defense lawyer J.W. Carney Jr. (right, with Hank Brennan).
    US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper urged the jury to earnestly try to reach a verdict on each of the racketeering counts Bulger faces, putting pressure on the panel to make a decision on all of the allegations, including 19 murders. Casper had earlier told the jurors they could skip over any one of the 33 acts listed under Bulger’s racketeering charge if they could not reach a unanimous verdict, but she told them Thursday morning, at the request of prosecutors, that they should try.
Day 38
Aug. 7, 2013
Pat Greenhouse/Globe staff
Judge Denise J. Casper huddled with defense lawyers and prosecutors during a series of secret sidebars over two hours to address an unknown issue.
    As jurors deliberated the fate of James “Whitey” Bulger for a second day, they asked the judge Wednesday if they must reach a unanimous verdict on 19 murders and 14 other criminal acts, raising the possibility that there are split opinions among the panel. US District Judge Denise J. Casper told jurors that they must unanimously agree on whether each of the 33 acts, which are listed under a single count of racketeering, are proven or unproven. But Casper huddled with defense lawyers and prosecutors during a series of secret sidebars over two hours to address an unknown issue. The judge appeared to resolve the issue as jurors continued to deliberate, but she offered no public explanation
Day 37
Aug. 6, 2013
Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff
Steve Davis, brother of the slain Debra Davis, held sketches of himself during the trial outside the courthouse in Boston.
    Jurors overloaded with charts of Boston’s underworld hierarchy, gruesome crime scene photos, and stacks of FBI informant reports began deliberations in the sweeping federal racketeering case against James “Whitey” Bulger.The jury of four women and eight men spent 5 ½ hours sifting through evidence presented over the past eight weeks before adjourning for the day.
Day 36
Aug. 5, 2013
Illustration by Margaret Small.
“It’s not whether you like the witness; nobody likes these people,” Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak (left) said. “The government is buying the testimony of these witnesses,” said J.W. Carney Jr., one of Bulger’s lawyers.
    After presenting 72 witnesses, lawyers summarized their cases with closing arguments before the jurors. Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak said prosecutors showed that James “Whitey’’ Bulger killed people and terrorized South Boston through extortion; Wyshak also acknowledged that some witnesses were unsavory characters. The defense team told jurors that the key witnesses against Bulger were liars who blamed him for their own crimes.
  • Cullen: Closing arguments in Whitey’s case like theater
Day 35
Aug. 2, 2013
Artist sketch of James "Whitey" Bulger as he briefly made a statement at his trial on Friday.
    Notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger said today he would not take the stand at his racketeering and murder trial in US District Court in Boston, telling the judge that he felt the trial was a sham. Bulger, who is accused of 19 murders during his terrifying reign in Boston’s underworld, told US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper that he wanted to testify, but because Casper would not allow him to claim that he was granted immunity by now-deceased federal prosecutor Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Bulger saw no reason to do so. “I feel that I’ve been choked off from having an opportunity to give an adequate defense and explain about my conversation and agreement with Jeremiah O’Sullivan,’’ Bulger told Casper. “For my protection of his life, in return, he promised to give me immunity.’’ Casper interrupted him and reminded him that she had ruled he could not raise the immunity claim during the trial.
  • Bulger’s decision not to testify seen as a wise move
  • Relatives of alleged Bulger victim disappointed he won’t testify
  • Transcript of Bulger's remarks
Day 34
August 1, 2013
US Attorney's Office
Edward "Brian" Halloran.
    Bulger’s lawyers called several law enforcement officers in a bid to show that some of the witnesses in the case have given conflicting statements, questioning their credibility. Matthew Cronin, a former FBI agent, also testified that agents in the Boston FBI office in the 1970s and 1980s did not trust John J. Connolly Jr., Bulger’s handler. Cronin said that the FBI “dropped the ball” when the agency failed to protect informant Edward “Brian” Halloran, though he had warned that Halloran was in danger.
  • Cullen: Time for an explanation
  • Priest in Bulger photo was defrocked
Former FBI Agent
Matthew Cronin
Cronin helped lead a six-year-long investigation into Mafia racketeering and money-laundering at Heller's Cafe in Chelsea, which resulted in the 1993 conviction of tavern owner Michael London. During London's trial, jurors listened to tape recordings, virtually all of them the result of two room bugs and two telephone bugs placed at Heller's Cafe in 1986. Many of the tapes contained apparent references to paying rent to Flemmi and Bulger.
Day 33
July 31, 2013
One of the photos the Bulger defense planned to submit as evidence.
    Jurors heard from James Crawford, a former FBI agent, who said that Debra Davis’s mother suspected it was Bulger’s partner Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi who killed her daughter, Flemmi’s girlfriend, out of jealousy because she was leaving him. Flemmi testified earlier that Bulger killed Debra Davis. Also, former FBI agent Fred Davis testified that agents in Boston in the early 1980s were concerned that Bulger’s former handler John J. Connolly Jr. was stealing information from their files. Earlier Wednesday, Judge Casper rejected Bulger’s request to call one of his former associates, Patrick Nee, to the stand, after Nee indicated he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
  • Photos: Photos of 'Whitey' Bulger defense said it planned to submit as evidence
Day 32
July 30, 2013
Pat Greenhouse / Globe Staff
Denise Casper.
    US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper refused Tuesday to sequester jurors in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, saying from the bench that she was “not inclined to inconvenience these jurors.” Casper said that jurors had not been warned that they could be sequestered when they were picked to serve seven weeks ago, and a sequestration order without notice could interfere with any plans they may have.
Denise Casper
Casper, a former federal prosecutor, is the first black woman to become a US District judge in Massachusetts. She served in the US attorney’s office from 1999 to 2005 and spent her last year there as deputy chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Casper was appoint­ed to the bench in December 2010 by President Obama. Casper was randomly selected to preside over the Bulger trial after Judge Richard G. Stearns was ordered removed from the case because of the possibility of an appearance of a conflict of interest. Stearns was a top-ranking prosecutor in the US attorney’s office in the 1980s during the same period of time that Bulger claims another federal prosecutor, Jeremiah T. O’Sullivan, granted him immunity for all of his crimes, including murder.
Day 31
July 29, 2013
Pat Greenhouse / Globe Staff
Retired FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick testified Monday at the trial.
    On the first day for defense witnesses, "Whitey" Bulger's lawyers sought to use the testimony of retired FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick to describe the culture of corruption that permeated the FBI.
Day 30
July 26, 2013
Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff
The apartment complex where James "Whitey" Bulger and Catherine Greig lived in Santa Monica, Calif.
    The prosecution wrapped up its case against the notorious alleged gangster by showing a jury the $822,000 in cash and 30 firearms the FBI allegedly found hidden inside the walls of his apartment in Santa Monica, Calif., after his arrest in 2011.
    FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola was the final witness called by US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office in the racketeering trial of the 83-year-old Bulger. The government rested its case shortly before noon. It had laid out a massive case against Bulger since the trial began June 12.
Day 29
July 25, 2013
The location of the former Stippo's liquor store in South Boston
    The former owner of the Triple O’s bar in Boston told a federal jury today that he put James “Whitey” Bulger on the payroll, even though the notorious gangster never did any work. “He wasn’t a guy to fool with,” Kevin O’Neil, 64, said. When asked if he had considered telling Bulger no, he responded, “I didn’t think it was smart.” O’Neil also said he acquired a liquor store in South Boston that Bulger had allegedly extorted from the owner and again put Bulger on the payroll — as part of Bulger’s alleged money laundering schemes. Known as Bulger’s “money man,” O’Neil pleaded guilty in 2004 to being part of Bulger’s crew, and was sentenced to a year in prison in exchange for his cooperation. Today was the first time he has testified in a public proceeding about his association with Bulger.
Day 28
July 24, 2013
James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi.
    During cross-examination, Bulger’s lawyer Hank Brennan suggested that Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi has made inconsistent statements about his longtime partner since the early 2000s. Brennan also said Flemmi agreed to cooperate with authorities only after he lost a challenge to his own racketeering case. Flemmi acknowledged that he sought better prison conditions once he began cooperating. When asked if he disliked being called a “rat” while in prison, Flemmi quipped, “I don’t think Mr. Bulger likes it, either.”
  • Defense lawyers want to call one of Bulger’s gang
Day 27
July 23, 2013
Jane Flavell Collins/AP
A courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis (right), brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, yelling in anger after Bulger's former partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, identified Davis as a drug user and informant.
Day 26
July 22, 2013
Deborah Hussey, who was allegedly murdered in 1984 by Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi and James "Whitey" Bulger.
    Bulger’s former partner Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi described how he and Bulger killed numerous people, including Deborah Hussey, who was the daughter of Flemmi’s longtime girlfriend. Flemmi said he and Bulger were tipped off to a pending indictment in 1994, but Flemmi did not flee and was arrested while Bulger spent 16 years on the lam. Flemmi said he tried unsuccessfully to raise an immunity defense because he was cooperating with the FBI. He then agreed to cooperate with authorities.
Alleged victim
Deborah Hussey
Bulger is accused of killing Deborah Hussey, 26, of Milton, after she accused Flemmi of molesting her. Flemmi had allegedly molested Hussey beginning in her early teens, while he was dating and living with her mother, Marion Hussey. Deborah Hussey's remains were found in a makeshift grave across from Florian Hall in Dorchester. Bulger allegedly strangled her in January of 1985 after Flemmi lured her to a house on East Third Street by telling her he was thinking of purchasing it for her.
Day 25
July 19, 2013
Margaret Small/AP
Convicted murderer Stephen Flemmi described killings that he said James “Whitey” Bulger participated in.
    Convicted murderer Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi testified that his former partner, notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, was involved in several murders, including the 1975 killing of bar owner Edward Connors in a phone booth on Morrissey Boulevard. Flemmi said he and Bulger shot Connors, who they believed was talking too much. Flemmi said Bulger told him he also killed Donald McGonagle, mistaking him for his brother Paul, member of a rival gang, in 1969. The Bulger gang also killed several other men, Flemmi testified.
  • William Bulger steering clear of Whitey’s trial
Alleged victim
Edward Connors
Edward Connors, 42, a Dorchester tavern owner who reportedly had information on the murder of James O'Toole, a rival of Flemmi, was allegedly gunned down by Flemmi and Bulger.
Day 24
July 18, 2013
J. Pat Carter / Associated Press / File 2008
Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi testified in September 2008 in the murder trial of former FBI agent John Connolly.
Friend and righthand man
Steve "The Rifleman" Flemmi
A gangster and longtime FBI informant who teamed up with Bulger in the 1970s while both were members of the Winter Hill Gang. Flemmi served as Bulger's front man, collecting money from bookies and inspiring fear in those who didn't pay their debts on time. He was one of Bulger’s closest associates and is expected to be the government’s key witness against his former friend. Flemmi pleaded guilty to participating in 10 murders with Bulger under a deal that spared him the death penalty but sent him to prison for life.
Day 23
July 17, 2013
Associated press
Also Wednesday, the daughter of Roger Wheeler (pictured) testified that her father was slain in 1981.
    David Lindholm, a former marijuana dealer, said he was making tens of millions of dollars before Bulger extorted him at gunpoint, threatening to “cut my head off.” He said he paid Bulger $250,000 after that meeting. Donald DeFago, a retired US Customs Service agent, said that an informant he cultivated in 1984, Quincy fisherman John McIntyre, went missing soon after he began cooperating with authorities. Bulger allegedly killed McIntyre after he learned he was cooperating. Also Wednesday, the daughter of an Oklahoma businessman testified that her father was slain in 1981, as he was trying to sell his business, World Jai Alai. Bulger is accused of giving approval to his associate to kill Wheeler on behalf of a Boston businessman who had been skimming money from the company and was afraid of being caught.
Day 22
July 16, 2013
US Attorney's Office
Edward “Brian” Halloran’s FBI informant card.
    Jurors heard from Michael Solimando, a Boston businessman who said Bulger threatened him with a gun and extorted $400,000 from him. Bulger said Solimando’s friend John Callahan had owed him money from an investment before he was killed. According to prior testimony, Bulger allegedly sanctioned the murder of Callahan. Robert Halloran, the brother Edward “Brian” Halloran, testified that his brother feared Bulger and began cooperating with the FBI before he was killed.
Alleged victim
Edward "Brian" Halloran
Halloran was a 41-year-old Bulger associate who had been cooperating with the FBI. He was getting a ride home from Michael Donahue after leaving a waterfront bar, when Bulger and an unidentified accomplice allegedly opened fire on the pair, killing both. Halloran had implicated Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, another FBI informant, in the 1981 slaying of a Roger Wheeler, a Tulsa businessman. Halloran was shot 22 times.
Alleged victim
Roger Wheeler
Wheeler, a Tulsa millionaire businessman, chairman of Telex Corp. and owner of World Jai Alai, was gunned down outside a Tulsa country club in 1981. The millionaire had suspected John Callahan, a Bulger associate, of skimming money from World Jai Alai.
Day 21
Jul 15, 2013
Brian Halloran had agreed to testify against Bulger, his partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, and others in a bid to escape a murder charge in state court, but he soon became fearful.
    Jurors heard from Richard Evans, retired chief medical examiner, who listed Bulger’s 19 alleged murder victims and the causes of their deaths. Patricia (Lytle) Carlson, John Martorano’s former girlfriend, testified that she received money from Bulger’s crew while Martorano was a fugitive. Former FBI agent Gerald Montanari testified that Edward “Brian” Halloran began cooperating with the FBI just before Bulger allegedly killed him. Bulger was allegedly tipped off that Halloran was an informant.
  • Cullen: Special treatment for Bulger trying our patience
Day 20
July 12, 2013
“I waited and I waited for someone to call me and tell me where my husband was,” said Patricia Donahue.
    Relatives of two of Bulger’s alleged victims, Debra Davis and Michael Donahue, told of the last time they saw their loved ones. Patricia Donahue said it was unfair that others involved in FBI corruption that led to her husband’s death are out on the streets. Former drug dealers Anthony Attardo and Paul Moore said Bulger’s crew extorted money from them. Former bookie Kevin Hayes said he was forced to pay rent to Bulger’s crew.
  • Cullen: A dignified widow
Wife of alleged victim
Patricia Donahue
Wife of Michael Donahue, a 32-year-old truck driver who Bulger allegedly killed on the South Boston waterfront on May 11, 1982. Donahue had agreed to drive Edward “Brian’’ Halloran, Bulger’s alleged target, from a waterfront bar to Dorchester. Both men were fatally shot as they exited the bar.
Brother of alleged victim
Steven Davis
Brother of Debra Davis, a onetime girlfriend of Flemmi who was allegedly murdered by Bulger on Sept. 17, 1981 at the age of 26. In 2009, Flemmi testified that he brought Davis to a vacant South Boston home he had purchased for his parents. Bulger, who was hiding in a bedroom, allegedly snuck up behind Davis, grabbed her by the throat and strangled her to death. Later, Flemmi testified, he and Bulger extracted Davis's teeth to make it more difficult to identify her remains, wrapped her body in plastic, dumped it in the trunk of a car and buried it in an unmarked grave along the Neponset River in Quincy.
Alleged extortion victim
Kevin Hayes
A reputed bookmaker who failed to pay tribute to the Bulger organization, Hayes was allegedly kidnapped by a group of men, including Bulger confidant Kevin Weeks, who threatened to kill him if he did not pay a substantial ransom.
Bulger associate and alleged extortion victim
Paul "Polecat" Moore
An alleged Bulger lieutenant and ringleader of a South Boston-based cocaine distribution network who pleaded guilty in 1990 to drug charges. Bulger, through associates including Kevin Weeks, demanded a share of the profits from the drug ring in the 1980s. Moore served nine years in a federal prison before he began to cooperate with the FBI and provide information about Bulger’s criminal enterprises.
Day 19
July 11, 2013
AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Steve Davis, brother of alleged murder victim Debra Davis, answered a reporter's question outside federal court.
    Ann Marie Mires, who was with the state medical examiner’s office until 2009, told a federal jury Thursday that investigators recovered the remains of Debra Davis and Tommy King, two of James “Whitey” Bulger’s alleged victims, from the edges of the Neponset River in Quincy in 2000. Earlier Thursday, US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper denied a request by Bulger for a delay in his trial, which defense attorneys said was needed because the 83-year-old gangster is “exhausted’’ by the fast pace of the trial.
Day 18
July 10, 2013
Globe file
Police dug up human remains across from Florian Hall on Jan. 13, 2000.
    Ann Marie Mires, who worked with the state medical examiner’s office until 2009, told jurors in "Whitey" Bulger’s racketeering trial that investigators recovered the remains of Arthur “Bucky” Barrett, Deborah Hussey and John McIntyre from a secret grave in Dorchester. Mires spent the morning describing how investigators approach a crime scene and a dig site. Also, she described the process in examining remains.
Day 17
July 9, 2013
Margaret Small
At the request of “Whitey” Bulger’s lawyers, prosecution witness Kevin Weeks was asked to describe how guns were used and handled.
    Kevin Weeks, the onetime protégé of James “Whitey” Bulger got into a heated, profanity-laced exchange with the gangster from the witness stand as he was being grilled by Bulger’s attorney near the end of a dramatic day of testimony. Weeks had earlier told the jury that he led investigators to the graves of three of Bulger’s alleged victims in 2000, after he began cooperating with authorities.
  • Transcript: The Bulger-Weeks exchange
Day 16
July 8, 2013
Kevin Weeks (left) left the Moakley Courthouse after testifying in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger on Monday.
    Kevin Weeks, the loyal tough guy whom James “Whitey” Bulger groomed as his protege, described in vivid detail Monday morning in US District Court in Boston how he first assisted Bulger in a murder. Weeks began cooperating with investigators in early 2000 after his own racketeering indictment. After learning that Bulger was an FBI informant, he led investigators to secret graves containing the remains of some of Bulger’s alleged victims. He served five years in prison for being an accessory to five murders and wrote a book about his exploits with Bulger.
Kevin Weeks
During the 1980s, Weeks operated several of the Southie convenience stores and liquor marts that served as fronts for the Bulger organization. Weeks received "rent" payments from loan sharks and bookmakers, allegedly to insulate Bulger from the transactions, and also helped shake down local crooks and businessmen behind on their debts to the gang. Following Bulger's disappearance in 1995, Weeks acted as "operational chief" of the Bulger organization, taking orders from the fugitive gangster over the phone and delivering fake identification to him during clandestine meetings in Chicago and New York. After learning that Bulger and Flemmi had been FBI informants, Weeks led investigators to secret graves containing the remains of some of Bulger’s alleged victims. He served five years for being an accessory to five murders and wrote a book about his exploits with Bulger.
Day 15
July 2, 2013
US Attorney's Office
Transcript of a recorded conversation between James "Whitey" Bulger and his brother, John "Jackie" Bulger.
    James “Whitey” Bulger could be heard imitating a machine gun sound today as prosecutors played tapes of his jailhouse conversations in the notorious gangster’s trial in federal court in Boston. Bulger was talking about the 1975 murder of Edward Connors, whom Bulger and his right-hand man, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi allegedly shot while he stood in a phone booth on Morrissey Boulevard. Speaking to his nephew and niece, the children of William M. Bulger, the former president of the Massachusetts Senate, James Bulger said in an Oct. 13, 2012 recording that he had been mentioned as a suspect in the murder. “The guy in the phone booth. ... [Imitation of machine gun sound.] ... Somebody threw my name in the mix.”
  • Audio: Listen to the jailhouse recordings
Day 14
July 1, 2013
Globe Staff
Disgraced former FBI agent John Morris wrapped up testimony July 1.
Victim profile
Edward "Brian" Halloran
Halloran was a 41-year-old Bulger associate who had been cooperating with the FBI. He was getting a ride home from Michael Donahue after leaving a waterfront bar, when Bulger and an unidentified accomplice allegedly opened fire on the pair, killing both. Halloran had implicated Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, another FBI informant, in the 1981 slaying of a Roger Wheeler, a Tulsa businessman. Halloran was shot 22 times.
Patricia Donahue
Wife of Michael Donahue, a 32-year-old truck driver who Bulger allegedly killed on the South Boston waterfront on May 11, 1982. Donahue had agreed to drive Edward “Brian’’ Halloran, Bulger’s alleged target, from a waterfront bar to Dorchester. Both men were fatally shot as they exited the bar.
Barry Halloran
Brother of Edward “Brian” Halloran, who Bulger allegedly shot to death outside a Boston bar on May 11, 1982. Brian Halloran, a Bulger associate who had been cooperating with the FBI, was allegedly put on Bulger’s hit list after Bulger learned that Halloran had implicated him and Flemmi in the murder of Oklahoma businessman Roger Wheeler.
Day 13
June 28, 2013
FBI report based on information allegedly provided by informant James "Whitey" Bulger.
    Under questioning by Bulger’s defense, disgraced former FBI supervisor John Morris acknowledged that he took cash bribes and gifts from Bulger, and that his meetings with Bulger were often social in nature. Morris also acknowledged that he panicked when Stephen Flemmi, Bulger’s partner, was arrested in 1995, because he feared Flemmi would tell authorities about the bribes they gave to Morris. Bulger’s lawyers sought to show that Bulger was buying information from Morris, but that he did not provide information as an informant.
Day 12
June 27, 2013
John Morris told of receiving bribes from James Bulger.
    Jurors heard from John Morris, 67, a retired and disgraced FBI agent who was granted immunity for his testimony. Morris, who said he took $7,000 in cash and other gifts from Bulger, testified that the gangster was a prized informant. He also said that he grew concerned that Bulger’s handler, John J. Connolly Jr., had passed along information to Bulger that led to killings. Morris, Connolly’s supervisor, said he wanted to terminate Bulger as an informant but never did. At one point during Morris's testimony, Bulger angrily snarled "You’re a [expletive] liar," which prompted Assistant US Attorney Brian T. Kelly to ask US District Judge Denise J. Casper to tell Bulger to “keep his little remarks to himself when the witness is testifying.”
  • Kevin Cullen: The real Whitey Bulger
Witness profile
John Morris
A corrupt FBI supervisor who admitted to pocketing bribes from Bulger and Flemmi and leaking information to them in the 1980s. Morris never served a day in jail because he was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his cooperation. He had supervised the FBI’s organized crime squad in Boston, including John J. Connolly Jr., who was the FBI handler of Bulger and Flemmi. Morris, Connolly, and other agents wined and dined with the two gangster informants, and exchanged gifts with the pair while protecting them from prosecution.
Day 11
June 26, 2013
US Attorney's Office
The crime scene where Roger Wheeler was found.
    A retired Miami police sergeant took the stand regarding the 1982 murder of John B. Callahan, to corroborate testimony that “Whitey” Bulger wanted to make it look like Callahan was killed by Cubans in a deal that had gone bad. Robert Yerton, a forensic lab technician from Oklahoma, also testified on the 1981 murder of Roger Wheeler.
Day 10
June 25, 2013
US Attorney's Office
James Marra, an agent from the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general, continued to introduce material from Bulger’s FBI informant file.
    The widow of a man allegedly killed by “Whitey” Bulger in 1975 testified that Bulger told her that her husband had probably left town. Two other relatives of Bulger’s alleged victims also testified today: Joseph Leonard, Buddy Leonard’s brother; and Sandra Castucci, widow of Richard Castucci, owner of a lounge on Revere Beach Boulevard, who was killed in 1976.
Day 9
June 24, 2013
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
Jackie Bulger, younger brother of James "Whitey" Bulger, left the courthouse Monday.
    Even though his attorneys insist James “Whitey” Bulger was not an informant, a federal agent today provided details from the file of FBI Informant 1544 that showed Bulger gave authorities intelligence on South Boston crime figures and the Mafia, and tips in murders and other crimes that led to arrests.
Day 8
June 21, 2013
US Attorney's Office
The slaying of William O'Brien, 32, on Morrissey Boulevard in March 1973 came up during Friday's testimony of the "Whitey" Bulger trial.
    Prosecutors brought more witnesses before the jury on the eighth day of testimony in the "Whitey" Bulger trial in an effort to show the human toll of the gangster’s alleged crimes. A son whose father was gunned down inside a Medford coffee shop, a woman whose husband suddenly vanished, and a professional gambler who survived a barrage of gunfire while riding in a car in 1973 all testified.
Day 7
June 20, 2013
Louis Lapiana was shot and paralyzed, allegedly by a cohort of James “Whitey” Bulger.
    Diane Sussman de Tennen took the witness stand to describe surviving a barrage of gunfire, allegedly from a cohort of “Whitey” Bulger, while riding in a car in the North End in 1973. Confessed killer John Martorano testified earlier this week that he was the person who fired into the car carrying Sussman de Tennen after mistaking it for a car being driven by the killer’s real target. Sussman de Tennen was wounded, along with her then-boyfriend Louis Lapiana. The driver, Michael Milano, was killed.
Day 6
June 19, 2013
Roger Wheeler had just climbed into this car outside a Tulsa country club when he was fatally shot by John Martorano in 1981.
    Confessed killer John Martorano completed his testimony in the trial of his former ally, James "Whitey" Bulger. Martorano admitted earlier in the day that he cooperated with law enforcement to avoid the death penalty for murders he committed in Oklahoma and Florida, and he was questioned relentlessly by Bulger defense attorney Henry Brennan about the plea deal that sent him to prison for just 12 years.
Day 5
June 18, 2013
Edward Connors was shot dead in a phone booth in 1975.
Day 4
June 17, 2013
A courtroom sketch (from left) depicts Whitey Bulger, witness John Martorano, and defense attorney J.W. Carney.
John Martorano
A hitman-turned-government witness who began cooperating with the government in 1998 after learning that his longtime associates and fellow Winter Hill Gang members, Flemmi and Bulger, were FBI informants.
Day 3
June 17, 2013
Richard O’Brien (right), left the US courthouse Friday after testifying in the racketeering trial against Bulger.
Day 2
June 13, 2013
These are some of the weapons the prosecution says were part of James “Whitey” Bulger’s arsenal.
    In the first full day of testimony, retired State Police colonel Thomas J. Foley, who headed the investigation into Bulger in the early 1990s, told jurors that the FBI sabotaged State Police efforts, forcing investigators to cut a deal with hit man John Martorano to expose Bulger’s relationship with the FBI. Retired State police detective Lieutenant Bob Long told jurors that someone impeded his investigation into Bulger in 1980. The defense team tried to use Foley’s testimony to argue that the FBI was so corrupt in its handling of the notorious South Boston gangster that its claim that he was an informant should not be believed.
Day 1
June 12, 2013
Margaret Small
James “Whitey” Bulger with his lawyer, J.W. Carney (right)
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