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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 murder trial today.

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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