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How the Whitey Bulger Jury Voted

August 13, 2013

James J. "Whitey" Bulger was convicted yesterday of 11 killings and dozens of other gangland crimes, but the jury was skeptical of the henchmen who testified against him, and the verdict reflected that with acquittals in seven other murders and no finding in an eighth.

In all, a federal indictment accused Bulger of the murders of 19 men and women between 1973 and 1985, as well as money laundering, extortion, drug distribution and illegal firearms possession.

The jury found him guilty of the murders of Paul McGonagle, Edward Connors, Thomas King, Richard Castucci, Roger Wheeler, Brian Halloran, Michael Donahue, John Callahan, Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, John McIntyre and Deborah Hussey.

Bulger was found not guilty of the murders of Michael Milano, Al Plummer, William O'Brien, James O'Toole, Al Notorangeli, James Sousa and Francis "Buddy" Leonard -- all cases where the testimony of admitted hitman John Martarano was key.

There was no finding in the murder of Steven "the Rifleman" Flemmi's ex-girlfriend Debra Davis -- the one hung verdict. In that case, the government hung its case on Flemmi's testimony.

Bulger also was convicted of conspiracy to murder Thomas King, Roger Wheeler and John Callahan.

In addition, he was convicted of seven extortion counts, including the extortion of Stephen Rakes and Julie Rakes, one drug count, 28 money laundering counts and five gun counts.

He was also acquitted of conspiracy to murder members of the Notorangeli Group and to murder James Sousa, as well as the extortion of Kevin Hayes and Raymond Slinger.

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