State Police Col. statement on Bulger verdict
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Massachusetts State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben released a statement on the conviction of James “Whitey” Bulger:
“Across several decades, through multiple generations of investigators, the Massachusetts State Police have been determined to help bring about this day. Today -- after dozens of years of work by many dedicated state troopers and our partners, after their unyielding efforts to shine a light on one man’s heinous crimes and then to track him down – justice has been served upon James Bulger.
I commend the men and women who worked this case for years. There are so many troopers deserving of recognition. Detective Lieutenant Steve Johnson, who played a leading role in building the case against James Bulger, has been part of the prosecution team in this trial. My predecessor as Colonel-Superintendent of the State Police, Thomas Foley, was the architect of the investigation that led to the Bulger indictments in the mid-1990s. They, along with such troopers as Bob Long and John Tutunjian and Rick Fraelick and many others, foresaw this day many years ago, and never lost faith in their mission, despite all the challenges they faced. Today is a victory for them.
Finally, let us remember that this day is about more than any law enforcement agency. This day, most of all, is about people like Debra Davis and Deborah Hussey, about Brian Halloran and Michael Donahue, about Richard Castucci and Michael Milano, and about every other person whose life was cut short by the murderous acts of this brutal defendant and his cohorts. As much as this day, so long in coming, brings satisfaction to the Massachusetts State Police, my hope most of all is that today brings some sense of justice to the families of these victims.”