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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Witness recounts Whitey Bulger's machine gun murder

When she heard a machine-gun blast outside the brand-new brown Mercedes in which she was riding with her boyfriend and a friend one night in March 1973, Dianne Sussman ducked reflexively.
“That’s probably the only reason I’m here,” Sussman, 63, told the jury at the federal murder and racketeering trial of accused Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger yesterday.
When the shooting ended, Sussman turned to the driver of the car, Michael Milano, and found him unresponsive. She asked her boyfriend, Louis Lapiana, if he was all right, and all he could muster was a weak “No.”
Milano, a Boston bartender, is one of 19 people Bulger is accused of rubbing out, either directly or by order, in the 1970s and ’80s while running Boston’s notorious “Winter Hill” crime gang.
Bulger, portrayed by his attorneys as a mild-mannered loan shark, extortionist and drug dealer but not a murderer, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Now 83, he faces life in prison if convicted.
Long on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, he evaded the law for 16 years before being caught in June 2011, hiding in a seaside apartment in California.
His story inspired Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Academy Award-winning film “The Departed.”



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