James “Whitey” Bulger has this Monday been found guilty of racketeering and murder by jurors at a Boston Federal Court and will remain in prison for the rest of his life. One of the world’s most famous gangsters whose reign of terror gripped Boston during the 70s and 80s, 83-year-old Bulger had managed to remain on the run for over 16 years.
He stood emotionless and silent as the verdict was delivered by the jury, wearing dark pants and a plain grey shirt. He’s due to be sentenced on November 13th but there is no doubt that Bulger has seen the last of the freedom he’ll enjoy in this lifetime. In exchange for crucial information he offered on rival gangs and the Italian Mafia, the feds often turned a blind eye to the crimes Bulger was consistently chalking up.
The trial lasted two months in all, during which time the details of various atrocities committed by Bulger were laid bare. The Jury was told about multiple shootings of rival gang members in public place and in broad daylight, along with the way in which his associated would dismember the bodies of those they’ve murdered in order to make identification more difficult.
Bulger was tipped off by a federal agent in 1994 that he would shortly be arrested, prompting him to flee Boston and subsequently spend a full 16 years evading capture. He remained one of the “Ten Most Wanted” criminals in the world sought by the FBI for much of his time on the run, though would eventually be caught right here in the US sunning it up in California.