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Auction to be held over the next few months

A federal grand jury found James “Whitey” Bulger guilty of several murder charges, racketeering and extortion on Aug. 12.

BOSTON —When authorities searched the apartment of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, they found $822,000 in cash and a large collection of guns hidden in holes cut into the walls.

Other than the cash, there were few valuables. Books, hats, sweatshirts and household items bought at discount stores filled the rent-controlled Santa Monica, Calif., apartment the notorious crime boss shared with his longtime girlfriend while he was on the run.

But authorities are hoping they can attract buyers for Bulger’s belongings so they can compensate his victims.

Bulger’s possessions will be sold to the highest bidders during a criminal forfeiture auction expected to be held over the next few months.

Prosecutors in U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office are now trying to decide which of Bulger’s belongings should be auctioned. They are trying to balance their desire to compensate relatives of Bulger’s murder victims with avoiding glamorizing Bulger or his crimes and staying within the boundaries of good taste.

“We want to certainly be able to obtain funds to go back to the victims who were harmed by Bulger, but we don’t want to do that in a way that glorifies Bulger or potentially causes some offense to the victims or others who have been impacted by Bulger,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Murrane.

Bulger was convicted in August of orchestrating or participating in 11 killings during his reign as leader of the Winter Hill Gang. He was sentenced to two life terms plus five years in prison. The cash and proceeds from the auction will be split among the estates of murder victims who choose to participate and several extortion victims.

There are a few things likely to bring in a substantial amount of money, including a gold and diamond claddagh ring with an estimated appraised value of $48,000, a replica of a 1986 Stanley Cup championship ring and a 40-inch flat-screen TV.

But most of the items found in the apartment Bulger shared with Catherine Greig are ordinary things that have no intrinsic value. Authorities are hoping they could appeal to crime memorabilia collectors or other buyers.

There’s a rat-shaped cup used to hold pens and scissors, a collection of books about the mob and Bulger’s gang, an assortment of cat figurines and “Soldier of Fortune” magazines. There are also Valentine’s Day and Christmas cards Greig sent to Bulger.

Authorities haven’t yet decided whether personal items should be auctioned, Murrane said.

“It’s looking at those items that on their own don’t have value and which of those would be appropriate to auction, knowing that they would sell only because of who owned them,” she said. “It’s definitely a question of balance.”

Families of Bulger’s victims have mixed feelings about the upcoming auction.

Bulger was convicted of gunning down Patricia Donahue’s husband, Michael, in 1982 while targeting a different man who offered him a ride home that night. She said she isn’t opposed to the auction.

“I can’t imagine anybody wanting his things, but if they can sell them and make money and give the money to the victims, I think that’s great. I’m sure a lot of the victims can use the money,” she said.

But Steve Davis said he doesn’t like the idea of an auction. The jury was unable to reach a decision on whether Bulger was responsible for his sister Debra Davis’ death.

“I wish they would burn everything right in front of all of us,” Davis said. “They should just destroy everything. That would kill the memories we have of him.”

Thomas J. Abernathy, assistant chief inspector of the asset forfeiture division of the U.S. Marshals Service, said the program has two goals: to compensate victims and to deter future criminal activity.

“It’s a very important piece of the law enforcement process.

Compensating victims is paramount in our program,” he said.

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Whitey Bulger gets life in prison for string of murders, extortion

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Gangster James “Whitey” Bulger will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted in a string of murders in the 1970s and ’80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges.

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Bulger, 84, showed no emotion as Judge Denise Casper sentenced him to two life sentences plus five years on Thursday.

Casper said the depravity of Bulger’s crimes was “almost unfathomable,” “heinous” and “all about money.”

Casper said the $822,000 found in Bulger’s apartment was to be split 20 ways, and imposed a $19.5 million restitution order for victims.

On Wednesday, a dozen relatives of murder victims gave impact statements in court, calling Bulger a “terrorist,” a “punk” and even “Satan.” Bulger sat stone-faced and refused to look at them or to make a statement of his own.

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The son of a man who was gunned down by Bulger in 1974 addressed Bulger as “Satan” and described how his father, a member of a rival gang, first disappeared in 1974 but wasn’t found until decades later when his body was discovered in a watery grave.

Sean McGonagle was 11 when his father, Paul, disappeared. He said Bulger called his family’s house the following year and said, “Your father won’t be coming home for Christmas.” When he asked, “Who’s this?” Bulger responded, “Santa Claus,” McGonagle said.

“You’re a domestic terrorist fueled by greed and sickening evil,” McGonagle said.

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Several family members blasted corrupt FBI agents for protecting Bulger for years while he was working simultaneously as a crime boss and an FBI informant who ratted out the rival New England Mafia and other crime groups.

David Wheeler, the son of a Tulsa, Okla., businessman who was shot between the eyes by a hit man for Bulger’s gang, delivered a blistering condemnation of both the FBI and the Justice Department, which successfully argued to have his family’s wrongful death lawsuit dismissed on the grounds that it was filed too late.

“They are as responsible for that murder as the defendant here sitting before you,” Wheeler said.

Former Boston FBI agent John Connolly Jr. — Bulger’s handler when he was an informant — was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of tipping the gangster off ahead of an indictment. After receiving the tip in 1994, Bulger fled Boston and remained a fugitive for more than 16 years until he was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011. Connolly was later convicted of second-degree murder in Florida for leaking information to Bulger that led to the slaying of a gambling executive.

Bulger claimed during his trial that a now-deceased federal prosecutor had given him immunity to commit crimes in exchange for Bulger’s offer to protect him from the Mafia. The judge refused to allow Bulger to use that claim as a defense to his long list of crimes, including murders.

A jury convicted Bulger in 11 out of the 19 killings he was charged with participating in during the 1970s and ’80s but acquitted him of seven killings and issued a “no finding” in the murder of 26-year-old Debra Davis, the girlfriend of his former partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi.

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James "Whitey" Bulger was captured in June 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

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  • James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr. is a former organized crime figure from South Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Local folklore depicted Bulger as a Robin Hood-style social bandit dedicated to protecting the neighborhood and its residents. Wikipedia

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No finding in the death of Debbie Davis, but guilty on racketeering and facing life in prison.

“Jury convicts James “Whitey” Bulger of two counts of racketeering.” — CNN

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger guilty of racketeering

Bulger found guilty, but not all murder charges proved:

Whitey Bulger is now 83-years-old. His age hasn’t calmed his anger at all. His temper is just as bad as it has ever been. He’s more than upset about the way his trial has been handled and now the jury deliberation is upsetting him even more. Many questions are being asked and the jurors are searching for answers. The jurors have been instructed to make findings on 33 separate acts, including racketeering charges, the 19 murders, various drug distribution charges, money-laundering, and extortion. It’s is a smorgasbord of crimes. Quite an amount of time has passed since the majority of these crimes have happened. There is a lot of salt in the wounds of all involved.

I’m sure at this point with the struggles of the jury members, some people are wondering if Whitey Bulger will even end up in jail. Whitey’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig, now 62-years-old is serving her part of an 8-year sentence of which she has 5 more years ahead of her.

The jurors latest concern is the 9 mm German MP40 submachine gun that the judge allowed in the juror room. The jurors have to give findings on the charge of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. It’s is the last charge on the Bulger indictment.

With day three behind us, lets see what Friday will bring.

Yesterday the news was buzzing with heated discussions occurring in the court room yesterday with layers and who ever took part.Without making jokes or just throwing out random reasons about what the fuss was all about, put yourselves in the shoes of the jurors.  They have to decide the fate of a man said to have killed many people.  He had many other crimes as well. Bulger has been called a heartless, uncaring, unforgiving man. Thinking about what you know or think you may know about him, how easy would it be for you if you were a juror on the case? I know that the last thing I would want is to be a juror on that case.  Especially if you know that the accused is feeling as though his trial has been nothing but a sham and that he’s being railroaded into jail for the rest of his life.I’m sure many of the jurors can only think about what might happen to them if they make the wrong decision. Despite whatever Whitey Bulger’s crimes are, he too is a person just as anyone else.  I don’t agree with the life he’s led by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know that I would be angry if I though that I wasn’t given the most fair chance at a trial that determined the rest of my life. I would need to know that I had just as much of a fair chance as anyone else out there. So if jurors have to ask clarifying questions, it;’s OK for the jurors to argue.  Their minds are working and they are just trying to do the job asked of them.Let them work without speculation for it is they that are giving their time to such daunting, and unwanted task. We will all find out together what fate will be chosen for Whitey Bulger. Let the jurors work in peace and without assumption.

Tsarnaev appeared in court today and was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the Marathon Monday Bombings. He pleaded not r. His attorney attempted to speak on his behalf, but the judge demanded to hear the words directly from qwthe mouth of the accused. Tsarnaev had supporters present believing in his innocence. There were others there that were families of those injured that know better and are still living with the aftermath of Tsarnaev’s actions.

Bulger and weeks continue their battle. Weeks testified in court today that Bulger definitely killed 3 people back in the beginning of the 1980s. There is certainly no love lost between these two men and more than that, there is no loyalty. Weeks has been more than willing to cooperate with authorities since 1999.

On February 26, 2012 George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin. Today it was said that Zimmerman would not testify in court. There are some that feel this case was taken away from them, there are others who feel many things were done wronrg. The most important thing that happened was that an innocent young man was murdered for what someone thought he was doing, what someone thought he represented. He had done nothing wrong except leave his home donning a hooded sweatshirt. Little did Trayvon know that this natural act of preparing for a night jog would cost him his life.

There was a lot more tragedy that happened today, but his is more than enough to talk about now. As I’ve said before and I’ll say again, when people knowingly and willingly commit acts of violence that cause harm and or death to innocent people, those that stand accused should stand up and own up to their actions. Regardless of whether or not the accused are forthcoming and there is clear evidence that proves their guilt and they are aware of it, they should be man or woman enough to admit their guilt and atone for their sins. No one should have to pay the price for the sins of another while they live and have the opportunity to perhaps “get away with the crime”.