WASHINGTON — The 83-year-old mob gangster Whitey Bulger will be spending the rest of his life in prison, as a Boston jury decided this past Monday.
Reuters reports that Whitey Bulger was found guilty of murder and racketeering.
Bulger’s exploits as a criminal lord inspired the hit movie, “The Departed”. He evaded capture for 16 years and had ruled Boston’s criminal world for the 1970s and through the 1980s.
Bulger ran the so-called “Winter Hill” gang and came to power because he had ties with corrupt FBI officials that looked the other way when he committed crimes in order to get information on the Italian mafia in Boston.
Some of his crimes? Daylight shootings of criminals, extortion of a victim by pointing a machine gun at the victim’s crotch and pulled teeth from victims to make identification much tougher.
Bulger was caught in June 2011 in Santa Monica, California, and apparently did not resist arrest.
The jury convicted him on 31 of 32 criminal counts.