The jury reached a verdict for the case of famed Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger who now faces life in prison. He was captured in 2011 after 16 years in hiding. Bulger was an alleged FBI informant, demonstrating the corruption of authority during his reign of terror over South Boston.
He was found guilty on 31 of 32 counts, including racketeering, extortion, money laundering, murder, and other gangland crimes. The jury has decided him to be responsible for 11 of the 19 murders, leaving many loved ones of the remaining 8 to be distraught without closure.
Fresh Air interviewed Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy who wrote the biography “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.”
Cullen: I said, I think Whitey’s a rat. There’s no other explanation for why he would be allowed to be out there. The FBI should have been after him years ago.
Similarly, the film The Departed (Dir. Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Jack Nicholson) was inspired by Bulger’s story. David Edelstein reviews the film here.
Cullen and Murphy, featured in this Fresh Air interview, were live-tweeting from the courtroom every minute of the Bulger trial. See all their courtroom tweets.