Families tell Bulger he's a 'punk,' 'Satan,' 'terrorist'
BOSTON — The families of people killed by South Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his gang finally got the chance Wednesday to tell Bulger how his long reign of terror damaged their lives, calling him a “terrorist,” a “punk” and even “Satan.”
A stone-faced Bulger refused to look at them, again declared his trial a sham and didn't take his opportunity to address the judge.
Bulger, his back to the families, stared straight ahead and scribbled on a legal pad as a dozen relatives stood one by one in a packed courtroom and poignantly described the loss of their loved ones and their contempt for Bulger.
The son of a man who was gunned down by Bulger in 1974 addressed Bulger as “Satan” and described how his father, a member of a rival gang, first disappeared in 1974 but wasn't found until decades later when his body was discovered in a watery grave.
Sean McGonagle was 11 when his father, Paul, disappeared. He said Bulger called his family's house the following year and said, “Your father won't be coming home for Christmas.” When he asked, “Who's this?” Bulger responded, “Santa Claus,” Mc-Gonagle said.
“You're a domestic terrorist fueled by greed and sickening evil,” McGonagle said.
Several family members blasted corrupt FBI agents for protecting Bulger for years.
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