’Whitey’ Bulger Witness Poisoned

Business associate allegedly put cyanide in his iced coffee

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An alleged extortion victim of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger who had wanted to testify at Bulger’s trial was killed by cyanide poisoning, the Assocated Press reports.

The Massachusetts medical examiner’s office ruled Sunday that Stephen Rakes’s death in July a homicide and said he died of acute cyanide toxicity.

Rakes’ business associate, William Camuti, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly poisoning Rakes’ iced coffee. Camuti has pleaded not guilty.

[AP]

3 comments
megapril
megapril

That may have well been the shortest and uninformative piece of "journalism", like ever...

eduardo73
eduardo73

I'm no legal eagle, but isn't "attempted murder" sort of a lenient charge for putting cyanide in somebody's iced coffee, thereby causing that person's death? Methinks Whitey, despite his conviction, still has considerable influence in the DA's office. Obviously.

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