Published November 12, 2012
The victims of reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger have come for their cut.
Some victims of the 83-year-old former leader of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang want a piece of the $800,000 found in the walls of Bulger’s apartment when he was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., with his longtime girlfriend last year, MyFoxBoston.com reports.
"I got a federal judge to give me a judgment,” Steve Rakes, who, along with his ex-wife, won a 2003 default judgment from a federal judge for $28.5 million, told the website. “Now you receive funds, so service the judgment.”
After Rakes and his wife had opened a liquor store in south Boston, Bulger, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi and Kevin Weeks paid him a visit in 1983, demanding to take over the business.
"Flemmi, Bulger and Weeks sat at my kitchen table and said we're buying the liquor store,” he said. “We'll just take it. We'll kill you. We'll take it and kill you. I'm like, 'Oh my God.’”
The mobsters then gave Rakes $67,000 in cash and promised more to come, leaving him no choice but to let them take over the business.
"They scared me to death,” he said. “They were going to kill me or kill my children. Kill us all. Blow the place up.”
Rakes – who isn’t the only one hoping to collect some of Bulger’s money -- said he lived in fear until Bulger’s arrest last year.
Steven Davis, whose sister Debra is among 19 murders charged to the former mobster, doesn’t think his relatives will see the $15 million state court judgment rendered against Bulger in 2009.
"I feel we're still being cheated," Davis said. “ … We got all the time in the world. We've been waiting 32 years to get where we are today. It's going to be a fight," Davis said.
On Friday, a federal judge agreed to delay Bulger’s trial by three months, rejecting a defense request for eight months. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns said he would put off Bulger's trial from March until June. He said jury selection will begin on June 6.
Bulger's lawyer J.W. Carney Jr. said he accepts the judge's decision and "we will do everything in our power to be ready for the June 6 trial date."
Bulger has pleaded not guilty. Carney has said he will testify at trial about his claim that he was given immunity for his crimes by a federal prosecutor while he was an FBI informant on the Mafia.
Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine Greig, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive and identity fraud related to their time on the run. She was sentenced to eight years in prison and paid a $150,000 fine.
Prosecutors say Bulger and Greig, who's in her early 60s, posed as married retirees from Chicago and had a stash of more than $800,000 in cash and dozens of weapons in their apartment when they were captured.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.