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.
Two students from Kazakhstan have been indicted by a grand jury on obstruction of justice charges for helping the accused Boston Marathon bombers to hide evidence after the April attack that killed three people and injured 264, the US Attorney's office for Massachusetts said.
New images of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect show him bloody and dishevelled with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead after police found him hiding in a boat.
The pictures were taken by Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer Sergeant Sean Murphy of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19 after he was captured, four days after the bombing.
He released the images to show the "real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."
The police photographer who released images from the day the surviving Boston bombing suspect was captured has reportedly been "relieved of duty".
Boston Magazine editor John Wolfson wrote:
Sgt. Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty. Post coming shortly.
Since site is slow: Murphy has been relieved but not yet fired. Duty hearing next week.
Has been ordered not to talk to media or anyone else about events at Watertown.
A state police spokesman said the agency did not authorise the release of the photographs.
A police photographer has released images from the day the surviving Boston bombing suspect was captured because he was furious with a Rolling Stone magazine cover photo.
The photographs released by Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer Sgt Sean Murphy to Boston Magazine show a dishevelled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead.
In a statement to the magazine, Sgt Murphy said Tsarnaev was evil and his photos showed the "real Boston bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine".
He said the Rolling Stone cover insulted officers killed in the line of duty, their colleagues and their families by glamorising the "face of terror".
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