Ben Affleck is directing a pilot for Fox:
Set in ’60s Boston, the drama follows FBI agent Rudy MacAteer and his informant, Irish-American gangster Mickey Flood. In his effort to take down the Italian-American mafia, MacAteer finds himself breaking the law. Eventually, he and Flood pave the way for the rise of the Irish-American mob.... Read more
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Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, who claimed he was allegedly extorted for his Morrissey Boulevard Liquor Store by Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemming, and Kevin Weeks, was found dead on Mill Street in Lincoln, MA.
Rakes who had been slated to appear as a witness for Carmen Ortiz found out on Tuesday that he would... Read more
Every single reporter covering the Bulger trial is, of course, livetweeting the testimony. For the most part, the tweets, by their very nature, are just brief little nuggets of testimony (last week, during testimony on some of the murders, it was like a horror remake of "Groundhog Day" as each reporter followed the other with basically the same exact description of a bullet in the... Read more
WGBH provides this animated re-enactment of the cursive exchange at the Bulger trial the other day. Will they be animating the descriptions of the rope that was too thick to strangle somebody?
Craig Fitzgerald chronicles all the cars for which photos have been introduced as evidence to date in the Whitey Bulger trial, notes that "about 2/3s of these cars are all shod with Sears RoadHandler snow tires."
Chris Dearborn, associate clinical professor at Suffolk University Law School answers your questions, assuming you have questions such as "Why should I care?" and "Is this case really going to last three months?"
Associated Press journeys to Milford to talk to the residents of Country Club Lane about their neighbor, whom they knew only as John before learning he was Howie Carr's favorite mass murderer:
Well, it means I won't get into any arguments with him. Whatever he says, he's right.
Matt Conley sums up and dissects Martarano's testimony:
He told how he was taught by his father and by "the priests and nuns" that Judas was the worst person in the world. This he explained let him see himself as ridding the world of many Judases. Apparently we are to believe these killings had some type of imprimatur from the Church or at least... Read more
John Martarano, who rivals Bulger in the number of bodies he's responsible for, was heartbroken when he learned Bulger was a snitch.
Of course, that's somewhat ironic, given Martarano's second career as a snitch and Mob author.
Meanwhile, courthouse guards kept a Martarano groupie from getting his autograph - in the courtroom.
Jonathan Berk has set up a Twitter feed to re-post all the tweets from reporters at the trial.
The Ahab of the Bulger saga, the state-police colonel blocked by the FBI for 15 years in his attempt to get Bulger, testified yesterday. The defense got him to admit some of his cooperating witnesses were themselves bad people. The prosecution showed enough weapons to arm a small country.
Today's bookie day at the Moakley Courthouse.
No more "alleged" about it. Whitey Bulger's lawyer, Jay Carney, yesterday admitted his client was a loansharking, drug-dealing thug. Just not a government-informing thug. From the Globe, which provides a cast of characters.
WBUR has more on Carney's attempt to turn the trial into a referendum on government corruption.
Meet the Sleepy Juror, who seemed to have trouble staying awake the first day of the Bulger trial:
I'm the alternate juror who can't keep my eyes open. Watch me decide Whitey Bulger's fate! No need for a mistrial, I'm merely a fan...
Lana Jones at WBZ reports that one of the people summoned as a prospective juror today for the Bulger trial was an assistant Suffolk County district attorney. For some reason, Bulger's lawyer objected and the judge agreed and so an assistant DA won't be helping to decide the alleged murdering mobster's fate.
Like Globies Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen, the Herald's Howie Carr can also watch the Bulger trial from the public seats, judge rules. Meanwhile, Bulger's lawyers want the trial delayed so they can investigate whether State Police gave a witness the same sort of protection Bulger allegedly got from the FBI.... Read more
The Trial of Whitey Bulger, by Matthew Connolly, a retired criminal attorney and former assistant DA.
Meanwhile, the judge in the impending case has to decide whether to ban the reporters and columnists who have been covering Bulger since he ran the Winter Hill Gang now that Bulger's lawyers have put them on a list of potential witnesses.... Read more