After more than 32 hours of deliberations, a Boston federal jury found James “Whitey” Bulger guilty of racketeering charges Monday afternoon, but found that some of the murder charges against him were "not proved."
Bulger, 83, the reputed head of the now defunct Winter Hill Gang, was charged with a number of crimes including his participation and planning of 19 murders in the Boston area in the 1970s and 1980s.
Federal prosecutors claimed Bulger was a confidential informant for the FBI, passing along information on Italian organized crime in Boston while Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang committed their own misdeeds, stretching from murders to gambling and loansharking operations. Prosecutors said a rogue FBI agent tipped off Bulger that the bureau was about to arrest him, leading Bulger to go on the lam in 1992. He spent 16 years on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
Bulger spent 16 years on the lam during an intensive FBI manhunt. He was eventually captured in 2008 with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, in Santa Monica, Calif., following a tip.