Bulger 'took post-murder nap after strangling prostitute'
James 'Whitey' Bulger, the Irish-American Boston mobster, strangled his accomplice's stepdaughter before going upstairs for his customary post-murder nap, a court has been told.
Several members of the jury looked shaken as Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi, who is serving life sentences for 10 murders, incriminated Bulger in a series of gruesome killings.
Particularly harrowing was Flemmi's account of the death of Deborah Hussey, his stepdaughter, who he said worked as a prostitute.
He testified that he drove 26-year-old Ms Hussey to a house where Bulger was waiting and watched as he strangled her. Flemmi then pulled the teeth from her skull with pliers and buried her beneath a cellar next to two other alleged Bulger victims.
He said that he agreed with Bulger that Ms Hussey had to be killed because she had become a "problem" for the Winter Hill gang that they led.
But in a chilling effort to add an element of humanity to his actions, he said that he made sure the young woman did not know her fate. "I took her shopping," Flemmi said. "She wasn't aware she was going to be killed."
Flemmi added that the two men then followed their normal post-killing routine: Bulger went upstairs for a nap, while he buried the body.
"Maybe he was physically exhausted from it, I don't know," Flemmi said. "Maybe he would get high on it."
Bulger (83) is charged with involvement in 19 murders in a federal racketeering indictment that also accuses him of extortion, money laundering and illegal gun possession.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
He fled Boston in 1994 and for 17 years he was one of America's most-wanted men until he was captured with his girlfriend in Santa Monica, California.
Flemmi previously told the court that Bulger strangled Flemmi's girlfriend because she learned they were FBI informants. Bulger denies that he was an informant, but Flemmi said that the two men provided regular information to federal agents about other mobsters.
The trial continues. (© Daily Telegraph, London)