BOSTON -- James "Whitey" Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives, was convicted Monday in a string of 11 killings and dozens of other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant.
Bulger, 83, stood silently and showed no reaction to the verdict, which brought to a close a case that not only transfixed the city with its grisly violence but exposed corruption inside the Boston FBI and an overly cozy relationship between the bureau and its underworld snitches.
Bulger was charged primarily with racketeering, which listed 33 criminal acts -- among them, 19 murders that he allegedly helped orchestrate or carried out himself while he led the Winter Hill Gang.
After 4 1/2 days of deliberations, the federal jury decided he took part in 11 of those murders, along with nearly all the other crimes on the list.
Bulger could get life in prison at sentencing Nov. 13.
But given his age, even a modest term could amount to a life sentence for the slightly stooped, white-bearded Bulger.
Outside the courtroom, relatives of the victims hugged each other, the prosecutors and even defense attorneys.