Life in accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger’s gang entailed collecting money from bookies, beating people up and taking long walks along Boston’s waterfront to talk business, a top enforcer for the former “Winter Hill” gang told a jury.
Kevin Weeks, 57, is the second of Bulger’s top associates to testify against his former boss, who is on trial on charges of committing or ordering 19 murders in the 1970s and 1980s.
Bulger, 83, fled Boston after a 1994 tip from a corrupt FBI official that his arrest was imminent.
He evaded authorities for 16 years while listed prominently on the bureau’s “Ten Most Wanted” list before his capture in Santa Monica, California, in Jun 2011.
If convicted, he faces life in prison.
Weeks says he was once one of Bulger’s gang. He later became a government witness and eventually led authorities to the bodies of people who were allegedly killed by Bulger and the gang.
Weeks has testified previously that he was present for several killings committed by Bulger and other gang members.
The 83-year-old Bulger is accused of playing a role in 19 killings.
He has pleaded not guilty.
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