A guide to the trial of James 'Whitey' Bulger

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2013 at 1:55 am •  Published: July 29, 2013
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James "Whitey" Bulger is on trial in a 32-count racketeering indictment accusing him of a long list of crimes, including participating in 19 killings. Here's a look at the case against him, his defense and what's happening in the courtroom:

THE HISTORY

The 83-year-old Bulger, the alleged former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, cultivated an early image as a modern-day Robin Hood who gave Thanksgiving dinners to working-class neighbors and kept drug dealers out of his South Boston neighborhood. But that was shattered when authorities started digging up bodies. He fled Boston in 1994 and became one of the nation's most wanted fugitives until he was captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., where he had been living with his longtime girlfriend in a rent-controlled apartment.

THE PROSECUTION

Federal prosecutors called a total of 63 witnesses over 6 ½ weeks before resting their case Friday. The final day of government witness testimony featured an FBI agent's account of Bulger's arrest more than two years ago. The agent described luring Bulger from his apartment with a ruse about his storage locker being broken into, then told the court how the longtime fugitive led agents to 30 guns and more than $800,000 he'd hidden away. Earlier, Bulger's former partner and friend, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, described Bulger's role in a string of killings during the 1970s and 80s — either as their planner, authorizer or executor. Flemmi told the court Bulger strangled two young women and was a pedophile who had taken a 16-year-old on a vacation to Mexico. Flemmi and Bulger exchanged obscenities as court adjourned following one of Flemmi's days on the stand.

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