Mit der Ausstrahlung des knapp anderthalbstündigen Dokumentarstreifens „Whitey Bulger: Der Staatsfeind Nr. 2”, einem Werk des zweifachen. Der Prozess gegen den Ex-Mafia-Boss und FBI-Informanten James „Whitey“ Bulger holt die Schrecken der 80er zurück: Jetzt starb der wichtigste Zeuge namens. James Joseph „Whitey“ Bulger war ein verhafteter US-amerikanischer Verbrecher. Er stand ab als chronologisch Person auf der Liste der zehn meistgesuchten Flüchtigen des FBI. Auf seine Ergreifung waren 2 Mio. US-Dollar ausgesetzt.
James J. BulgerJames»Whitey«Bulger. James Joseph „Whitey“ Bulger war ein verhafteter US-amerikanischer Verbrecher. Er stand ab als chronologisch Person auf der Liste der zehn meistgesuchten Flüchtigen des FBI. Auf seine Ergreifung waren 2 Mio. US-Dollar ausgesetzt. Der Prozess gegen den Ex-Mafia-Boss und FBI-Informanten James „Whitey“ Bulger holt die Schrecken der 80er zurück: Jetzt starb der wichtigste Zeuge namens.
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Air Force. Despite a record of disciplinary problems while in the service—which included a rape charge in Great Falls , Montana—his discharge four years later was certified as honourable.
Bulger soon resumed his criminal activities, and in he was convicted for a string of bank robberies committed in three states.
Although sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, he was granted parole in following stints at such notorious penitentiaries as Leavenworth and Alcatraz.
Upon his return to Boston, Bulger became an enforcer for mob kingpin Donald Killeen, and in the early s he took on similar duties with the Winter Hill Gang, a predominantly Irish American crime syndicate led by Howie Winter.
In Bulger managed to avoid being named in an indictment for fixing horse races at tracks up and down the East Coast, a case that eventually led to the conviction of Winter and several of his associates.
The resulting power vacuum allowed Bulger to assume leadership of the Winter Hill Gang. Establishing a racket by which he extorted money from bookmakers, loan sharks, drug dealers, and other local criminals, Bulger soon acquired a fearsome reputation both within and beyond the illicit underworld.
By the early s the compromised integrity of the FBI with respect to Bulger had become apparent to local and state police, who, along with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration , then launched a new investigation.
In January Bulger, Flemmi, and several others were formally charged with multiple counts of racketeering and extortion.
Tipped off by Connolly in advance of the indictment, however, Bulger fled the area. Nach 16 Jahren auf der Flucht wurde Bulger am Am Juni begann der erste Prozess, in dem er in 32 Fällen von Racketeering , Geldwäsche , Totschlag und Waffenvergehen sowie wegen Beteiligung an 19 Morden angeklagt wurde.
August wurde er nach einem mehr als zweimonatigen Prozess in 31 von 32 Anklagepunkten von einer US-Jury schuldig gesprochen. November für Racketeering und 11 Morde zu doppelt lebenslanger Freiheitsstrafe zuzüglich fünf Jahren verurteilt; bei dieser Gelegenheit bestritt er, als Informant andere Kriminelle verraten zu haben.
After a number of bookmakers agreed to testify to having paid protection money to Bulger, a federal case was built against him under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act RICO.
In and , before the pinches came down, Jimmy and Stevie were traveling on the French and Italian Riviera. The two of them traveled all over Europe, sometimes separating for a while.
Sometimes they took girls, sometimes just the two of them went. They would rent cars and travel all through Europe. It was more preparation than anything, getting ready for another life.
They didn't ask me to go, not that I would have wanted to. Jimmy had prepared for the run for years.
He had established a whole other person, Thomas Baxter, with a complete ID and credit cards in that name. He had even joined associations in Baxter's name, building an entire portfolio for the guy.
He had always said you had to be ready to take off on short notice. And he was. Bulger had also set up safe deposit boxes containing cash, jewelry and passports in locations across North America and Europe, including Florida , Oklahoma , Montreal , Dublin , London , Birmingham and Venice.
In December , he was informed by Connolly that sealed indictments had come from the Department of Justice and that the FBI was set to make arrests during the Christmas season.
In response, Bulger fled Boston on December 23, , accompanied by his common-law wife Theresa Stanley. On January 5, , Bulger prepared to return to Boston, believing that it had been a false alarm.
Boston police detective Michael Flemmi, Stephen's brother, informed Weeks of the arrest. Weeks immediately passed the information on to Bulger, who altered his plans.
Bulger and Stanley spent the next three weeks traveling to New York City , Los Angeles and San Francisco before Stanley decided that she wanted to return to her children.
They traveled to Clearwater, Florida , where Bulger retrieved his "Tom Baxter" identification from a safety deposit box. He then drove to Boston and dropped off Stanley in a parking lot.
Bulger and Greig then went on the run together. In his memoirs, Weeks describes a clandestine meeting with Bulger and Greig in Chicago.
Bulger reminisced fondly about his time hiding out with a family in Louisiana. He told Weeks, who had replaced him as head of the Winter Hill Gang, "If anything comes down, put it on me.
He told Weeks, "Every day out there is another day I beat them. Every good meal is a meal they can't take away from me.
In mid-November , Weeks and Bulger met for the last time at the lion statues at the front of the New York Public Library Main Branch and adjourned for dinner at a nearby restaurant.
At the end of our dinner, he seemed more aware of everything around him. His tone was a little more serious, and there wasn't as much joking as usual.
He repeated the phrase he had used before that a rolling stone gathers no moss, which told me that he knew he was going to be on the move again.
I got the feeling that he was resigning himself to the fact that he wasn't coming back. Up until then, I always believed he thought there was a chance he had beat the case.
However, at that point, there was something different going on with him. I didn't fully understand all the aspects of his case.
It would be another six months before it became clearer. Yet at that moment, in that restaurant in New York, I sensed that he had moved to a new place in his mind.
It was over. He'd never return to South Boston. Although by this time he was aware of Bulger's FBI deal, he was determined to remain faithful to the neighborhood code of silence.
However, while awaiting trial in Rhode Island's Wyatt federal prison , Weeks was approached by a fellow inmate, a " made man " in the Patriarca family, who told him, "Kid, what are you doing?
Are you going to take it up the ass for these guys? Remember, you can't rat on a rat. Those guys have been giving up everyone for thirty years.
In the aftermath, Weeks decided to cut a deal with federal prosecutors and revealed where almost every penny and body was buried.
Writing in , Weeks recalled:  : I had known all along, however, that it would not be easy for anyone to capture Jimmy.
If he saw them coming, he would take them with him. He wouldn't hesitate. Even before he went on the run, he would always say, "Let's all go to hell together.
I also knew that Jimmy wouldn't go to trial. He would rather plead out to a life sentence than put his family through the embarrassment of a trial.
If he had a gun on him, he would go out in a blaze of glory rather than spend the rest of his life in jail. But I don't think they'll ever catch him.
The first confirmed sighting of Bulger before his capture was in London in At one point, FBI agents were sent to Uruguay to investigate a lead.
Other agents were sent to stake out the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Normandy , as Bulger was reportedly an enthusiastic fan of military history.
Later reports of a sighting in Italy in April proved false. Two people on video footage shot in Taormina , Sicily , formerly thought to be Bulger and Greig walking in the streets of the city center, were later identified as a tourist couple from Germany.
He was 81 years old at the time of the arrest. According to retired FBI agent Scott Bakken, "Here you have somebody who is far more sophisticated than some year-old who killed someone in a drive-by.
To be a successful fugitive you have to cut all contacts from your previous life. He had the means and kept a low profile. According to authorities, the arrests were a "direct result" of the media campaign launched by the FBI in fourteen television markets across the country where Bulger and Greig reportedly had ties.
The campaign focused on Greig, describing her as an animal lover who frequently went to beauty salons. Authorities received a tip from a woman in Iceland that Bulger was living in an apartment near a beach in Santa Monica.
Bulger out of his apartment", "arrested him 'without incident', then went in the house and arrested Greig".
Immediately after being brought back to Boston, Bulger began talking to authorities. He said that during his days as a fugitive he often went back and forth across the border to Mexico to buy medicine for his heart disease.
Bulger was arraigned in federal court on July 6, He pleaded not guilty to 48 charges, including 19 counts of murder, extortion, money laundering, obstruction of justice, perjury , narcotics distribution and weapons violations.
In a interview Kevin Weeks expressed surprise at Bulger's decision to cooperate after his arrest. Weeks said, "I don't understand because he's not the same as I remember him.
I can't believe he's so chatty right now. So I don't know what he's doing". No, no one's worried about him. Bulger's companion during his years as a fugitive was his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, who is almost 22 years younger than Bulger.
Their father was a machinist from Glasgow and their mother was from Canada, as was Bulger's father. Greig met Bulger in her late 20s after she divorced Bobby McGonagle.
She worked as a dental hygienist. Greig had been wanted by the FBI since Greig initially indicated that she would go to trial rather than accept a plea bargain.
On June 12, , she was sentenced to eight years in federal prison. She declined to speak during her sentencing. In September , Greig was indicted on a charge of criminal contempt stemming from her refusal to testify before a grand jury about whether other people aided Bulger while he was a fugitive.
District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV sentenced Greig, then midway through her sentence for harboring Bulger, to 21 months on the contempt charge, pushing her release date to late Greig has served much of her eight-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Waseca in Minnesota ,  but has also been detained at various points in Rhode Island ahead of proceedings in the criminal contempt case.
Greig completed her sentence on July 23, , and has been released from home confinement and electronic monitoring. According to an excerpt of a book on Bulger published by Boston magazine , Bulger only made one friend during his post-sentencing detention,  Clement "Chip" Janis, a young convict who was trusted to run art classes for other convicts.
According to Janis, Bulger was attacked by a fellow convict nicknamed "Retro", whose knife pierced Bulger's neck and skull, and sent him to the prison infirmary for a month.
Bulger was able to start counseling with a prison psychologist at the Tucson facility. His counseling was soon terminated, and he was transferred to the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Florida.
At Coleman, Bulger started to have night terrors, which he attributed to the s experiments where he had been administered LSD. Casper on 32 counts of racketeering and firearms possession.
They also reported themselves unable to agree about the murder of Deborah Davis, though Bulger had already been found liable for her death in a civil suit.
Carney Jr. On November 14, , Bulger was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment , plus five years. He is serving a life sentence at the Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia for the killing of the leader of the Genovese crime family in Springfield.
Daniel D. Kelly, who has represented Mr. Geas for many years, said in an interview that he had no idea whether his client was involved in killing Mr.
Bulger, who was an informant for the F. But Mr. Kelly did say that Mr. Kelly said that Mr. Bulger, a longtime federal informer and a prolific killer over several decades, knew many who would want him dead.
But how was he left vulnerable to a beating so forceful that it displaced his eyeballs? His father worked as a longshoreman. Bulger was a troublemaker as a child, and even lived out the childhood fantasy of running away with the circus when he was 10 years old.
Bulger was first arrested when he was 14 years old, for stealing, and his criminal record continued to escalate from there.
As a youth, he was arrested for larceny, forgery, assault and battery, and armed robbery and served five years in a juvenile reformatory.
Upon his release, he joined the Air Force where he served time in military jail for assault before being arrested for going AWOL.
Nonetheless, he received an honorable discharge in After returning to Boston, Bulger embarked upon a life of crime.
His offenses grew increasingly large in scale, culminating in a string of bank robberies from Rhode Island to Indiana.
In June , he was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. He ended up serving nine years, including stints in Atlanta, Alcatraz and Leavenworth.
Regardless, after he did his time, Bulger returned to Boston to resume his life of crime. After Killeen was gunned down in , Bulger joined the Winter Hill Gang, where he quickly rose up in the ranks.