The federal trial of Whitey Bulger is finished, but Steve Davis says the fight for justice for his slain sister is just beginning.
"It's not over for me," Davis told NBC News on Monday after Bulger was convicted of racketeering and other crimes — but not the murder of his sister Debra, who was strangled in 1981.
Davis, who attended every day of the two-month trial that transfixed Boston, said he doesn't care that Bulger is likely going to be in prison for the rest of life.
He wants to see the mobster convicted of his 26-year-old sister's death and plans to press state prosecutors to bring a murder charge.
"If you want to stop listening to my voice, put a bullet in me," Davis said with characteristic bluntness.
"My sister was my best friend growing up. When you lose her to a murder, you gotta live the rest of your life dealing with that. Bulger got to live a comfortable life. He's 83 years old. My sister was only 26."
Debra Davis was the ex-girlfriend of Bulger's partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, who testified at the trial that Whitey was upset she knew too much about the Winter Hill Gang's corrupt relationship with the FBI.
As Flemmi told it, Bulger made him bring Davis to an empty house, strangled her with his bare hands, and watched while henchmen dug a riverbank grave.
Her brother said he believed half that story. To his mind, Bulger orchestrated the murder but didn't choke the life out of her himself.
That scenario still would have been enough to hold Bulger responsible for her death, but the jury could not reach a unanimous agreement. Jurors did not comment after the verdict.
Steve Davis said he had "a bad feeling" when several jurors glanced at him as their findings on the 19 murders were read one by one.
Even though he's disappointed, he said he understood the jury's decision and thinks prosecutors did a good job of presenting the evidence.
"I'm not blaming anybody," he said. "I gotta accept what they threw my way."
Asked what he did after he left the courthouse, Davis said, "I cried. I cried."
After the verdict, prosecutors said they hoped all the victims' family members wound find solace in the fact that Bulger is likely to die in lockup.
But Davis said he still wants a court of law to find that the former fugitive has his beautiful, young sister's blood on his hands — whether or not he ever laid a hand on her.
"I'm not laying down yet," he said.