Notorious mobster Whitey Bulger was probably glad that the prosecution finally quit putting on its mountain of evidence against him Friday, July 25, according to the Huffington Post. He was evidently prepared to offer a powerful resistance to his arrest in Sana Monica as the thirty guns from his hideout in California were introduced into evidence by the prosecution’s final witness yesterday, according to the Boston Globe.
The thirty-day trial has so far included evidence that he fled Boston when he was tipped off by an FBI agent an indictment was about to come crashing down on him. He successfully evaded arrest for decades by going under several aliases in different parts of the country.
His long journey of evasion finally ended in Santa Monica, California when a neighbor recognized him from an FBI poster that was handed out with the gangster’s likeness emblazoned across it.
Throughout the state’s powerful case former associates have testified against him. One even gave evidence as to how many hits the powerful boss of the Winer Hill gang in Boston ordered him to make in return for a plea bargain for himself.
Bulger kept up with his reading while he was in hiding as he read a book by one of his associates entitled “Rat Bastard”.
He went by several fake indentities. In New York he was known as Donald Gene Gould working at a movie theater. In California he was gambler James William Lawlor and in Nevada he took the moniker Sidney Terry.
The guns in his Santa Monica aprtment were hidden under towels on the window sills of his castle.
Charged in the deaths of 19 people, he sat in the courtroom 30 days as the prosecution paraded 63 witnesses against him. He fled Beantown in Dec. 1994 with the feds hot on his heels.
He was in possession of $822,000 in his his apartment which he shared with girlfriend Catherine Grieg when he was appreshended in 2011.
The defense will begin its case Monday and is expected to call 14 witnesses. As is normal in criminal cases, the defense is not saying whether or not Bulger will testify himself. If he does, he typically would be the last witness to be sworn in.
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