The very long trial of notorious Boston criminal mastermind James "Whitey" Bulger continued today with the boss's former protegé Kevin Weeks giving grisly details about murders and plots the Winter Hill Gang carried out during the crime-filled 1970s and 1980s in South Boston.
Bulger (left) is facing a 32-count indictment for allegedly killing 19 people and being protected because of his status as an FBI informant, among other crimes, during a 30-year reign as one of the most terrifying criminals in Boston's underworld, and Weeks (above, right) is one of the prosecution's key witnesses. Today, Weeks told the court about how, with the help of Bulger and right-hand man Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, the gang terrorized the other unsavory characters in Boston. Weeks did so before being cross-examined by prosecutor Brian Kelly and Bulger's attorney, J.W. Carney.
Weeks gave specific details about the murders of Arthur “Bucky” Barrett, a safe-cracker the gang killed over $1 million Barrett allegedly stole from a bank; John McIntyre, an informant who was cooperating with the feds; and Deborah Hussey, the daughter of Stephen Flemmi’s longtime girlfriend Marion Hussey, who Bulger allegedly strangled (twice) for reasons that remain a mystery to this day. Weeks said the gang took McIntyre to a basement, the same one they used to torture Barrett, to interrogate him and, eventually, kill him. Bulger tried to strangle McIntyre but the rope he was using was too thick. Then, this allegedly happened:
“You want one in the back of the head?” Bulger asked.
“Yes, please,” McIntyre responded.
Bulger shot him in the head, Weeks said. Flemmi thought he was still alive, so Bulger fired several more shots, according to Weeks’ testimony. McIntyre was also buried in the basement.
The intense day of questioning was filled with icy stares between old friends, expletives flying around the courtroom in all directions, and at least one plot to kill a local newspaper columnist with a bomb in a basketball. Weeks testified that Bulger wanted to kill Boston Herald columnist and local radio personality Howie Carr.