“Whitey Bulger convicted of racketeering, conspiracy”

NBC News on August 12, 2013 released the following:

“By Alexandra Pournaras and Tracy Connor, NBC News

The jury in the Whitey Bulger federal racketeering trial convicted him Monday of racketeering and conspiracy, finding he committed 11 murders as a Boston crime boss.

Victims’ family members were gathered in Courtroom 12 to learn the fate of the white-haired octogenarian once listed as one of America’s most wanted fugitives.

Bulger, 83, was found guilty of all charges in the 32-count indictment by a panel of eight men and four women who deliberated more than 30 hours over five days.

To support the charge of racketeering, the alleged Winter Hill Gang boss — who spent 16 years on the lam before being caught in California in 2011 — was accused of 19 murders and a raft of other crimes. The jury found prosecutors proved he committed 11 of the slayings, but not others.

A rogue’s gallery of ex-confederates took the stand as prosecution witnesses, describing in sometimes gruesome detail how he ruled South Boston with bullets and brutality before he skipped town in 1994.

In one of the trial’s most gripping episodes, Bulger’s ex-partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, testified that he watched him strangle two women: Flemmi’s ex-girlfriend and his stepdaughter.

The 41-day trial also featured testimony about the gang’s corrupt relationship with the FBI, though Bulger insists he was not an informant and has cursed at witnesses who described him as a rat.

A few hours before the verdict, court papers revealed Bulger agreed to forfeit $822,000 seized from his California hideout, but he’ll hang onto a Stanley Cup ring he got as a gift.

A court document did not say who gave Bulger the prized professional hockey memento, but he did have ties to Montreal Canadiens enforcer Chris Nilan.

Nilan, 55, who retired from the NHL in 1992, was married to Karen Stanley, the daughter of Bulger’s longtime girlfriend. A photo released by the defense during Bulger’s racketeering trial to depict him in a better light showed him posing with Nilan next to the Stanley Cup.”


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