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James "Whitey" Bulger, center, is depicted in this courtroom sketch by Jane Collins. (Courtesy)
James "Whitey" Bulger, center, is depicted in this courtroom sketch by Jane Collins. (Courtesy)

Other than than his recent mugshot, the only current, verifiable images we have of James "Whitey" Bulger are pastel drawings of scenes inside Federal court in Boston. They are rendered by Jane Collins, a courtroom artist with more than 30 years of experience. She's sketched scenes from the trial of former Massachusetts House speaker Sal DiMasi, and the shoe-bomber, Richard Reid.

How we see "Whitey" Bulger now is largely determined by what Collins decides to draw. Does he smile? How does he hold his hands? Does he look guilty?

Collins brought her drawings into our studios on Friday and described how she casts her artist's eye over the one of the nation's most infamous men.

Guest:

  • Jane Collins, courtroom artist

This segment aired on July 1, 2011.

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