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FBI ups ante for capture of Whitey Bulger
Acknowledges he is suspected of molesting young girls
By Shelley Murphy
Bulger fled just before his January 1995 federal racketeering indictment and was later charged with the murders and publicly identified as a longtime FBI informant.
Bulger’s brother, William M. Bulger, former president of the state Senate and the University of Massachusetts, admitted he had a telephone conversation with the fugitive shortly after he fled, but testified before a congressional committee in 2003 that he did not know where he was hiding.
Another brother, John “Jackie” Bulger, a retired clerk magistrate at Boston Juvenile Court, spent six months in prison for lying to federal grand juries about contacts with the fugitive.
The increase in the reward comes as Bulger’s former handler, retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., is about to stand trial next week in Miami on murder charges. Connolly is accused of plotting with Bulger and another informant, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, to murder Boston businessman John B. Callahan in 1982. Connolly is serving a 10-year prison term for his 2002 racketeering conviction for protecting Bulger and Flemmi from prosecution and warning them to flee before their 1995 indictment.