Bulger talks guns, murder, money in jailhouse convos

Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger
Credit: Hand out

As he talked about a man he is accused of gunning down, James “Whitey” Bulger made the sound of a machine gun in a jailhouse conversation he had with his family members. 

That recorded conversation was one of three that were played in court Tuesday during Bulger’s trial. Plymouth County Correctional Facility investigator Ken Brady testified about the conversations that took place in the fall and winter of 2012.

The first conversation took place between Bulger and his brother Jackie as the two talked about an incident in which Bulger pulled a shotgun on a group of men coming into a liquor store Bulger owned.

“We would have had to tell the kids … ‘you’ve gotta say you shot these bastards,” Bugler said on the recording.

A second recording took place between Bulger and his nephew, William Bulger Jr., the son of former state senate president and UMass president William Bulger. In that conversation Bulger referenced the murder of Eddie Connors, who was gunned down in a Morrissey Boulevard phone booth in 1975. Winter Hill Gang member John Martorano previously testified that Bulger and Stephen Flemmi killed Connors.

“Somebody threw my name in the mix,” Bulger said on the recording, referring to being blamed for the murder.

The third conversation took place between Bulger and his brother. In that conversation Bulger asks his brother about some of his confessed Winter Hill Gang associates receiving money.

The 83-year-old Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011 after 16 years on the run. Bulger fled after corrupt FBI agent John Connolly tipped him off just before his indictment for various crimes including racketeering, extortion and 19 murders.

During cross-examination Bulger’s attorney J. W. Carney, Jr., focused not on the calls, but instead of Bulger’s treatment in jail after his 2011 arrest.

During questioning, Brady acknowledged that Bulger has been kept in solitary confinement and remains in his cell except for an hour a day, five days per week. He also acknowledged that Bulger was stripped search multiple times a day and had a camera in his cell. Carney tried to ask Brady about the strip searches stopping only after Carney got involved, but prosecutors objected.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Music

Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.