James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was a ‘Hands on Killer,’ Prosecutor Tells Jury

Arthur “Bucky” Barrett was a small-time jewel thief in 1983 when he was lured to a meeting with alleged Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, chained to a chair and tortured for hours, a federal prosecutor told jurors during opening arguments in the accused Irish gangster’s┬ámurder trial┬átoday.

After Bucky Barrett talked, “this man over here, James Bulger, shot him in the back of the head,” Assistant United States Attorney Brian T. Kelly said. And then, Bulger took a nap as others allegedly buried Barrett in the dirt cellar of the small house on E. Third Street in South Boston.

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