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June 21, 2013

Victims' relatives testifying in 'Whitey' Bulger trial


When she looked in the backseat, she saw that her boyfriend, Louis Lapiano, was seriously wounded. She later learned that he had been paralyzed and spent the next 28 years as a quadriplegic before he died in 2001.

Prosecutors say Milano was killed because he was mistaken for another man who was the intended target.

Milano’s brother Donald also testified, crying as he recalled how he was on his way to work when he heard on the radio that his brother had been killed. He had seen him the day before when his brother gave him a ride in his new Mercedes.

“He was very proud of it,” Milano said.

Under cross-examination by Bulger’s attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., Sussman de Tennen said she did not see who shot at the car.

When Carney asked if she knows who shot Milano, she declined to answer, saying it would be speculation.

“In my mind, I do know,” she said.

Former hit man John Martorano testified this week that he shot Milano in a case of mistaken identity. Al “Indian Al” Notarangeli, the leader of a rival group, was the intended target.

Sussman de Tennen said she stayed with Lapiano for two years. She cried as described breaking off their relationship.

She eventually married and had children, but kept in touch with Lapiano for the rest of his life.

Her children knew him, and his parents were like a second set of grandparents to them, she said.

“To this day, I am emotionally connected to Louis,” she said.

Relatives of several other victims also testified.

Deborah Scully, who grew up in the same South Boston housing project as Bulger, said she was 9 months pregnant in March 1973 when her boyfriend, William O’Brien, was shot and killed. Scully said she was unable to go to O’Brien’s funeral because she had just given birth to their son.

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