James “Whitey” Bulger was the godfather of the Irish mob for nearly three decades and is accused of 19 murders.
Powerful in terms of unpunished murders -19 documented, and respected by the Code imposes the Mafia, James Whitey Bulger ruled organized crime in the city of Boston for nearly 30 years to end like few godfathers just: sitting in a court of justice, not far from the streets where they introduced their reign of “murder and mayhem” in the words of the prosecutor Brain Kelly.
After two postponements and careful selection of the jury, the trial against the former godfather of the Irish mob, arrested in 2011 after more than 15 years as a fugitive from justice , has started this week in the capital of Massachusetts. A former Icelandic beauty queen who was responsible for the quiet life in sunny Santa Monica (California) Bulger lived as a retiree more touch to an end two years ago now.
At that time, the FBI unable to find Whitey – launched an intense search and arrest campaign against Catherine Greig, the woman 20 years younger than him who fled by the mafia in 1994, after being alerted by this corrupt agent FBI was going to be arrested. It turned out that Anna Bjornsdottir, neighbor of Bulger, who of course lived under a false name, with nearly a million dollars and more than 30 weapons hidden in a false wall of the Princess Eugenia apartments, recognized in one of the many ads Federal Agency that happened in prime time on local television Bulger’s companion, with whom one day discussed a kitten abandoned-and performed the relevant complaint call the FBI offices. Bjornsdottir was rewarded with two million dollars for the juicy details. Greig arrested and sentenced to eight years in prison for aiding a fugitive.
Unable to find Whitey, the FBI launched an intense search and arrest campaign against Catherine Greig, the woman 20 years younger than him who fled by the mafia in 1994, after being alerted by the corrupt FBI agent that he would be stopped
Following the Scandinavian woman blow, federal agents surrounded the modest building in Santa Monica where he lived most wanted man US-after falling from the top 10 Osama Bin Laden, and drew handcuffed overnight in gangster who covered of shame-and suspect-the FBI for years, Bulger, confident of the Agency, murdered while this looked the other way and it was actually insinuate that never wanted to meet for fear that reveal more corruption.
Character of movie-on roll already two tapes (one with Leonardo DiCaprio and another under the name of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) – and inspiring role played by Jack Nicholson in The Departed (winner of four Oscars in 2007 ) Bulger’s physique and succumbs to the tyranny of age. With 83 years, a shaved head and a beard whitest, Bulger need glasses to read every document that passes your lawyer and struggled to stand when the judge asked him at the beginning of the trial, expected to last all summer.
The prosecutor explained to the jury in his opening statement that Bulger led the violent group known as the Winter Hill Gang for nearly three decades, killing 19 people, extorting millions of dollars from drug dealers and other criminals and corrupt cops and federal agents. bullying The rule established by Bulger and his henchmen made possible in part to the help of Zip FBI agent John Connolly, who grew up in the same poor neighborhood of South Boston Whitey and later in adult life conspired with the gangster-Connolly backed by his board-to end the New England Mafia, an extension of the Italian Cosa Nostra.
While Bulger was enriched with gambling, drug trafficking and extortion, the FBI let him do to change to provide information on the local mafia-Italian, the great obsession of the Federal Agency in the seventies and eighties. According to a 2004 report by a congressional committee, there was “no doubt” that law enforcement knew that his informants-including Bulger, were committing crimes.
While Bulger was enriched with gambling, drug trafficking and extortion, the FBI let him do to change to provide information on the local mafia-Italian and the great obsession of the Federal Agency in the seventies and eighties-
Connolly passes today 23 hours a day alone in a maximum security prison in Miami (Florida), from which in 2002 was found guilty of second-degree murder Bulger after providing information that resulted in the hiring of a hitman to kill a Boston businessman in Miami who was a witness.
The prosecution has announced that about 80 witnesses and more than 1,000 documents that prove the crimes Bulger. The defense plans to call to testify to a similar number of people and aims to place at the center of the process that your customer for years enjoyed the protection of the various administrations that ruled the FBI.
The former partner in crime Bulger, Stephen The Rifleman Flemmi, a former Army sniper, will testify against his boss, after his arrest and found him guilty for years 10 murders for which he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. When you take the stand to testify, Flemmi recount how, among other crimes, Bulger strangled her with his own hands to his girlfriend of 26 years because she knew their relationship with the FBI. Bulger’s cooperation with the FBI to dismantle rival mafia groups have lasted from 1975-1990.
Bulger’s family was represented this week in the courtroom by his brother Jackie. Notable was the absence of William, the brother who climbed on the political scene in Boston as James did the same in the underworld. William Bulger, senior politician from Massachusetts and chairman of the state Senate for two decades, was also president of the University of Massachusetts. In 2003, the political Bulger walked away from public life after a long battle with the then governor of the state, then Republican candidate Mitt Romney White House, not wanting to testify against his brother and taking the Fifth Amendment.