BOSTON (CBS) – The voice of James “Whitey” Bulger filled Courtroom 11 at the Moakley courthouse on Tuesday morning. Prosecutors played recordings made of phone calls during family visits to the Plymouth County correctional facility.
People who visit Bulger speak to him on the opposite side of a transparent wall via telephone receiver. Jail officials say both parties are always aware they are being recorded.
In one such recording from last December, Whitey Bulger recounts for his brother John the story of an attempted robbery at his liquor store.
James: I remember there was the guys, we were in the liquor store and three black guys come, they had a RI car. They come in and they’re lookin’ around, they don’t see me, I’m up above.
James: So I picked up a shotgun and I’m aimin’ it at them and the guy looked up and oh — (Laughs)
John: See ya later.
James: And I put one in the chamber, like, ptwww — and he looked up and I’m aimin’ and he says to the other guy, he says, Hey (Laughs). A bag of peanuts, please.
Jack Bulger sat in court today, just feet behind his infamous brother listening to their conversation played back.
Most ominous, prosecutors said, was this next clip in which Whitey says that if partner Stevie Flemmi had had to shoot the potential robbers, Whitey would have blamed their young employees.
James: One went this way, one went that way. When they first came in the store, they’re lookin’ around, they don’t look up and Stevie is — he’s got a .45 behind him — his back waitin’ for them to make a move. We would’ve had to tell the kids that work there, say — you’ve gotta say you shot these bastards!