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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Bulger belongings to be auctioned

Bulger's mugshot after his arrest in 2011
Bulger's mugshot after his arrest in 2011

Authorities are preparing to auction off Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's belongings to raise money for his victims.

Some of Bulger's possessions will be sold to the highest bidders during a criminal forfeiture auction expected to be held over the next few months.

Any money raised will go to the families of people killed by Bulger. He was convicted in August of orchestrating or participating in 11 murders.

Around $822,000 (£499,000) in cash found hidden in the walls of Bulger's apartment will also go to victims.

A gold and diamond claddagh ring appraised at $48,000 (£29,000) is the most valuable item to be auctioned.

The 84-year-old fled Boston in 1994. He was captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, California, where he had been living with his long-time girlfriend.

AP

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