Families of Whitey Bulger’s Victims Speak Out Before Sentencing

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Families of the alleged victims of James “Whitey” Bulger testified Wednesday to describe the impact of the oft-dramatized Boston mob boss’s crimes, ahead of his sentencing Thursday. Bulger, who was captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run, was charged in connection with 19 murders and in August convicted of participating in 11 of them. Prosecutors say he faces life in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

During the hearing Wednesday, Bulger, whose story loosely inspired the Hollywood hit The Departed, rarely looked at the speakers and declined to make a statement. The judge ruled Wednesday that even family members of alleged victims of crimes for which Bulger was not convicted could testify. Below are tidbits from Wednesday’s testimony, compiled from reports filed from the court.

Bulger was found guilty of murdering Arthur “Bucky” Barrett in 1983. The mob boss allegedly lured him to a South Boston home in 1983, tortured him…

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