Weapons on display for jurors in Bulger trial
BOSTON (WHDH)--Weapons on display in Whitey Bulger's trial. Two former state troopers showed off big guns as prosecutors begin to outline this case.
“The weapons themselves are pretty impressive. You don’t find those weapons around anywhere actually. They’re all military-style weapons, they’re very heavy, heavy caliber machine guns,” said former head of state police, Thomas Foley.
The wide-eyed jury saw more of the surveillance video from back in 1980 and also a big stash of guns, and some machine guns seized years ago.
“If you think about the type of hands that they were in for so many years is pretty chilling,” said Foley.
Bulger arrived for day two of testimony in his usual way, heavily guarded. Inside he wore his blue jeans and a different colored shirt, a gray one this time. Foley took to the stand Thursday afternoon as well. He had dogged Whitey Bulger and his gang for years. He said it was a difficult, but necessary decision to cut a deal with hit man John Martorano who admitted to 20 murders and who is now free.
“In that case there, Bulger…and the rest of those guys who would have been out in the street in a few years, we wouldn’t have uncovered the police corruption, law enforcement corruption and we wouldn’t have been able to bring back those bodies to the families,” said Foley.
Foley held machine guns in court. The prosecutor walked them right in front of the 83-year-old Bulger but he didn't seem to stare at this arsenal. Instead he looked straight ahead. The jury also saw photos of dozens of guns seized in it three different locations: in a safe in South Boston, in Somerville and in a Florida storage facility.
It took a hitman named John Martorano to crack this case. These were tough times but it was worth it and he would do it again.
At the start of the trial, Bulger’s team said he was not an FBI Informant but Thursday the former head of State Police said it was the FBI who told him that Bulger was.