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July 13, 2013

Gloucester ties surface as Bulger trial continues

BOSTON — More family members of people allegedly killed by James “Whitey” Bulger testified Friday at his racketeering trial in Boston.

Bulger is accused of playing a role in 19 killings — including that of John McIntyre, a mechanic on the Gloucester-based fishing vessel Vahalla. Jurors have heard from at least a half dozen relatives of people allegedly killed by Bulger and his Winter Hill gang in the 1970s and ’80s.

The 83-year-old was one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives after he fled Boston in 1994. He was finally captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif.

On Friday, forensic dentist Kathleen Crowley described the condition of the jaws and teeth, or the lack of, of Arthur Barrett, Deborah Hussey and McIntyre, all of whom Bulger is accused of killing. Her testimony was highly technical but explained how she used the jaws and dental records to ID the bodies.

Bulger’s one-time protege and enforcer, Kevin Weeks, has testified that Bulger shot Barrett and McIntyre and strangled Hussey in the early 1980s. Weeks said he helped bury them beneath a South Boston house, and later helped move the remains to a site in Dorchester he disclosed after he began cooperating with prosecutors. He testified that fellow Bulger enforcer Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi removed the three’s teeth with pliers after they were killed in the mistaken belief it would prevent later identification.

“Jim (Bulger) gave him the nickname ‘Dr. Mengele,’ because he kind of enjoyed it,” Weeks testified.

Ann Marie Mires, a former state forensic anthropologist, testified Wednesday that remains found in Boston 13 years ago were those of Barrett, Hussey and McIntyre. Mires said Barrett and McIntyre were shot in the head, but Hussey’s remains didn’t show how she died. Mires said their skeletons were disarranged.

Weeks has said in the past that Bulger killed McIntyre after hearing he may have spoken with authorities about a failed bid to send guns to the Irish Republican Army on the Valhalla, which sailed regularly out of the port of Gloucester. Hussey was the daughter of Flemmi’s girlfriend. Barrett was a safecracker who allegedly ran afoul of Bulger.

Bulger fled ahead of a 1995 indictment and wasn’t captured until 2011. He has pleaded not guilty and denies being an FBI informant. His federal trial is in its fifth week.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this story.

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