BOSTON – A former state forensic anthropologist testified Wednesday at the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger that remains found in Boston 13 years ago were those of three people Bulger is accused of killing.
Ann Marie Mires testified that the bodies were identified as Arthur Barrett, Deborah Hussey and John McIntyre.
Bulger’s one-time protege and enforcer, Kevin Weeks, has testified Bulger shot Barrett and McIntyre and strangled Hussey in the early 1980s. Weeks said he helped bury them beneath a South Boston house, and later helped move the remains to a site in Dorchester he disclosed after he began cooperating with prosecutors.
Bulger, 83, is accused of having a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and ’80s while he allegedly led the Winter Hill Gang and served as an FBI informant on the rival New England Mafia. He has pleaded not guilty and denies being an informant. His federal trial is in its fifth week.
Mires said Barrett and McIntyre were shot in the head, but Hussey’s remains didn’t show how she died. Mires said their skeletons were disarranged.
Mires said Hussey and Barrett had jaw damage. Weeks previously testified their teeth were removed to make it more difficult to identify them.
Weeks has said Bulger killed McIntyre after hearing he may have spoken with authorities about a failed bid to send guns to the Irish Republican Army. Hussey was the daughter of the girlfriend of Bulger’s partner Stephen Flemmi. Barrett was a safecracker who allegedly ran afoul of Bulger.
Bulger fled ahead of a 1995 indictment and wasn’t captured until 2011.