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James 'Whitey' Bulger, once the most feared mobster in Boston who was found guilty today of 31 out of the 32 criminal charges he faced including 11 killings, was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed.
The Martin Scorsese film, which also starred Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Ray Winstone, won four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.
The plot centres around the police waging war on an Irish-American Boston gang which is headed by Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson).
Boston Globe reporter Shelley Murphy, who is tweeting on the James 'Whitey' Bulger verdict, has said:
Infamous former Boston mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger, who inspired the Oscar-winning film 'The Departed', has been found guilty of gangland crimes including 11 killings, according to the Associated Press.
Former Boston mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger, who inspired Jack Nicholson's character in the Oscar-winning film 'The Departed', has been found guilty of a racketeering conspiracy.
The jury of eight men and four women reached its verdict after hearing testimonies about drug trafficking, loansharking, bookmaking, extortion and murder.
Bulger, who ran Boston's Irish mob 'Winter Hill' from the early 1970s until 1995 when he fled the city, was charged with 32 counts including accusations he was involved with 19 killings.