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Boston and Beyond

June 20, 2013

Bulger's ex-enforcer grilled about varying stories


Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak tried to rehabilitate Martorano’s credibility, going through 11 killings and asking him if he and Bulger were involved in each.

“Correct,” Martorano replied each time.

Bulger, 83, was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives when he fled Boston in 1994 after being tipped to an upcoming indictment by former FBI agent John Connolly. He was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

Prosecutors say Bulger was a longtime FBI informant who was protected by Connolly and other agents in the Boston office. Bulger’s lawyers deny that he was an informant and say he paid FBI agents to warn him about investigations of him and his gang’s illegal activities, including bookmaking, extortion and loan-sharking.

Bulger denies participating in the 19 killings.

Relatives of some of the people who died are expected to testify Thursday.

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