James “Whitey” Bulger denied his involvement in 19 murders as the head
of the Winter Hill Gang and pleaded not guilty to federal charges facing

Bulger, in soft-spoken replies, answered “not guilty” about a dozen
times when the court clerk asked him how he pleaded to the extortion,
racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and gun charges against him
during his arraignment Wednesday.

The alleged fugitive mobster’s pleas upset family members of his
alleged victims, such as Steven Davis, whose sister, Debra, was killed
in 1981.

“I don’t even know how we’re going to get justice,” Davis said.

The grin on Bulger’s face in his mug shot picture, as well as his slight
tan, have faded as the 81-year-old has now spent more than two weeks in
jail since being arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on
the run.

During his first appearances in the South Boston court, he said “hello”
and also winked at his brother as he was led into the courtroom.

On Wednesday, Bulger kept his head down and gave his brothers a slight nod of acknowledgment.

His attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., declined to discuss any conversations he
had with Bulger and said he would not violate the attorney-client

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