James "Whitey" Bulger is charged with 19 murders. Some of the victims were career criminals. Some were truly innocent. All of them left behind families who never saw justice.
The young Bulger was a bank robber and wound up in Alcatraz. But he was a master manipulator, and used some unlikely connections to work his way back home to Boston.
The FBI Agent
John Connolly was Bulger's FBI handler. The treachery and deception ran both ways. Bulger was a mob boss turned federal informant; Connolly was a star agent turned mobster.
William Bulger inhabited a world very different from his older brother's. But in their separate realms, both reigned. "What Whitey does with a gun, Billy does with a gavel."
Bulger faced 32 counts and 19 allegations of murder. The jury heard 35 days of testimony by 72 witnesses. But in the end it was a narrow trial that ignored a sordid history.