Flanked by an armed military escort … and with his hands and feet locked in chains … 81-year-old mobster Whitey Bulger emerged from a Coast Guard chopper in Plymouth, Mass today after facing off with a Boston judge.
Bulger – a longtime staple on the FBI’s Most Wanted List — had just appeared in U.S. District Court in South Boston, where a judge granted his request to be represented by a public defender.
Bulger has been charged with multiple murder counts, as well as conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, narcotics distribution and money-laundering charges stemming from his role as the leader of Boston’s infamous Winter Hill gang.
Bulger had been on the run for 16 years … before federal agents located the mobster in Santa Monica, CA — where he had been living a pretty chill life with his girlfriend.
FYI — Jack Nicholson‘s character in “The Departed” was allegedly inspired by Bulger’s life.