Whitey | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

June 24, 2014 12:58 PM

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Whitey  |  Under the Radar - Music Magazine

In June 22nd, 2011, the FBI arrested James “Whitey” Bulger in Santa Monica. The crime boss had been at large for 16 years, spending 12 of those near the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list (second only to Osama Bin Laden.) He was returned to Boston, the city he’d terrorized the city since the early 1970s as leader of the violent Winter Hill Gang, where he would wait trial. After two months in court, Bulger was found guilty of 31 of 32 charges and complicit in 11 murders. The 83-year-old was sentenced to two life terms plus five years in prison.

Joe Berlinger’s Whitey focuses almost exclusively on Bulger’s 2013 trial, only giving the briefest information regarding his background and his rise to prominence. The audience is treated to two hours of talking heads, archival news footage, and narrative re-enactments, as cameras were not permitted...

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