James 'Whitey' Bulger (AP)
BOSTON (AP) - A prosecutor is describing Whitey Bulger as "one of the most vicious, violent and calculating criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston."
That description came as Fred Wyshak delivered closing arguments at Bulger's trial in Boston. He urged jurors to convict Bulger on charges that include 19 killings committed during the 1970s and 1980s.
The prosecutor recounted some gruesome details of the killings. The victims, he said, included two men who were chained to chairs for hours, interrogated, and then shot in the head. He said two other victims were women who were strangled. And two men died in a hail of gunfire as they left a restaurant.
He said Bulger was a hands-on killer who committed many of the killings himself and orchestrated others.
During the nearly eight-week trial, jurors have heard sometimes grisly testimony about the killings, along with details of extortion, money laundering and hoarding of guns.
Prosecutors say Bulger was secretly working as an FBI informant during the same period -- a claim his lawyers have strongly disputed.
Defense lawyers are delivering closing arguments this afternoon. The jury is expected to begin deliberations tomorrow.
APPHOTO NY109: FILE - This June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger, who fled Boston in 1994 and wasn't captured until 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to present lengthy closing arguments to jurors as they lay out their cases in the racketeering trial of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/ U.S. Marshals Service, File) (2 Jul 2013)
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8/5/2013 1:51:00 PM (GMT -4:00)