Businessman says Bulger stuck shotgun in his mouth

DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer
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James "Whitey" Bulger. (AP Photo/ U.S. Marshals Service)

James “Whitey” Bulger. (AP Photo/ U.S. Marshals Service)

BOSTON (AP) — A real estate developer says James “Whitey” Bulger once stuck a shotgun in his mouth and threatened to kill him and his family if he did not pay $200,000.

Richard Buccheri described the 1986 encounter while testifying Thursday in Bulger’s racketeering trial in Boston. Bulger is charged with participating in 19 killings during the 1970s and ’80s, as well as numerous extortions while he allegedly led the Winter Hill Gang.

Buccheri says he was summoned to a meeting with Bulger after he gave his advice on a property dispute two neighbors were having.

Buccheri says Bulger told him that his “surrogate son,” Kevin Weeks, was buying one of the properties. He says Bulger stuck a shotgun in his mouth, then put a handgun to his head and said he wouldn’t kill him, but it would cost him $200,000.

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