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In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger stands during his initial appearance in a federal courtroom in Boston Friday, June 24, 2011. His brother William Bulger, left, and Judge Marianne Bowler, right, are also depicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger stands during his initial appearance in a federal courtroom in Boston Friday, June 24, 2011. His brother William Bulger, left, and Judge Marianne Bowler, right, are also depicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

Two reporters talk about the criminal escapades of James "Whitey" Bulger — his campaign of mayhem during the busing crisis, his firebombing of John F. Kennedy's birthplace, blasting the Boston Globe with a shotgun, and his 16 years on the lam.

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Kevin Cullen, columnist for the Metro section of the Boston Globe, he's co-author of Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.

Shelley Murphy, a reporter for the Metro section of the Boston Globe, she's the co-author of Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.

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Boston Globe "James “Whitey” Bulger’s lawyer insisted Wednesday that the gangster was never an FBI informant, yet remains determined to prove his assertion that a former federal prosecutor promised him immunity for all of his crimes, including murder."

Boston Globe "Bulger’s generous view of himself, not as a cunning killer and cynical informer but as a criminal with scruples and a kind of noble romantic, is detailed in a new and comprehensive biography of Boston’s most infamous criminal, to be published this week. Also detailed are all the reasons not to accept his self-serving self-portrait, from his long and murderous career as a gangster to his well-documented history of providing information to the FBI."

WBUR "When asked what his basis would be for the existence of an immunity agreement if Bulger was not an informant, Carney said they would present the answer when the trial starts in June."

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This segment aired on February 14, 2013.

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