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Kevin Weeks

Kevin Weeks
Among members of the Boston underworld, no one was closer to "Whitey" Bulger than Kevin Weeks, a South Boston native and loyal tough guy who Bulger groomed as his successor and treated like a son.

During the 1980s, Weeks operated several of the Southie convenience stores and liquor marts that served as fronts for the Bulger organization. Weeks received "rent" payments from loan sharks and bookmakers, insulating Bulger from the transactions, and also helped shake down local crooks and businessmen behind on their debts to the gang.

Following Bulger's disappearance in 1995, Weeks acted as "operational chief" of the Bulger organization, taking orders from the fugitive gangster over the phone and keeping Bulger well-funded by funnelling thousands of dollars into his bank account.

Once Bulger and Flemmi were outed as FBI snitches, Weeks became the target of local mobsters who had been ratted out by the pair. He also grew increasingly bitter toward his former bosses. In 1999, he was arrested and charged in a federal racketeering indictment. Facing the prospect of charges that could send him to prison for life, and with no financial or legal assistance forthcoming from Bulger's ruined organization, Weeks agreed to cooperate against his old boss. In 2000 he led police to the bodies of eight alleged Bulger victims buried in various locations around Boston.


Key stories on Weeks:
Police arrest two Bulger associates, 11/18/99
Weeks cut a deal after Bulger hung him out to dry, 01/29/00
Weeks implicates Bulger in plea deal, 07/13/00

This profile was written by the staff of Boston.com based on material from The Boston Globe archives.

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The Bulger mystique
A look at Boston's famous brothers, William and Whitey.

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The story of Whitey's fall
How investigators brought down the elusive criminal.

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Whitey & the FBI
The relationship between Bulger and Boston's law men.

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Whitey's life on the run
The fugitive mobster's relentless travels across the country.

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