The trial of James 'Whitey' Bulger

Globe coverage of the notorious Boston gangster, who faced a sweeping indictment that included 19 murder charges after being captured following years on the run.

Bulger verdict puts end to historic saga

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

Legal Analysis

// Two views of government in ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial

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

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// In the end, everything has passed Whitey by

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.

// A day-by-day recap of the trial

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

// How the victims’ families felt after Bulger was sentenced in 2013

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

// In Santa Monica, no neighborly feelings for ex-residents

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

// For many in South Boston, conviction was a formality

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

// Bulger sentenced, escorted from sight

James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison by a judge who lamented his misplaced mythology.

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// Judge supplies full picture of Bulger’s empty existence

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


//[1] 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.


// Evidence from the trial

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

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// Whitey’s Boston

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

// What he was charged with

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

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// Inside the courtroom

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

// Key players in the Bulger trial

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 Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

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 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 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 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.

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

A booking photo shows James

June 24, 2011

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)

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

The story behind Whitey’s fall

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.