BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Retired state police investigators took the stand Thursday in the first full day of testimony in the Whitey Bulger trial. Jurors were shown a massive collection of weapons, including machine guns, that were allegedly owned by Bulger and his gang.
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Retired Lt. Robert Long began the morning session by identifying Bulger in video surveillance conducted by state police in 1980.
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In the video, Bulger is seen meeting with members of the Winter Hill Gang and members of the rival Italian Mafia.
On Wednesday, Long described a series of photographs and video taken of Bulger in 1980 at an auto repair garage in Boston’s North End. Prosecutors say he used the garage as a meeting place.
Retired State Police Col. Tom Foley took the stand after Long. Foley spent decades investigating Bulger.
He told the court the mafia, and Winter Hill gang “made money any way they could” but mostly through loan sharking, gambling, extortion and murder.
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Foley also identified weapons found in several locations during investigations in 1990 and 2000, including in a shed behind a home owned by the mother of Bulger’s partner.
Foley identified most of the weapons through photographs. But a prosecutor handed Foley seven machine guns — one by one — and asked him to identify them for the jury.
Bulger, 83, was one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives after he left Boston in 1994. He was captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif.
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