Nightly News | June 19, 2013
>>> a rare look into the underworld of boston . all playing out in sensational detail in the trial of james "whitey" bulger . the stuff of local legend in the old neighborhood. nbc's ron allen in boston tonight, covering for us.
>> reporter: it is a trial all about what prosecutors called murder and mayhem, criminals running amok. and at the center of it, prosecutors say was james "whitey" bulger . captured after 16 areyears on the run. they called him a hands on murderer. he pleaded not guilty to all charge charges. he in part inspired the movie "the departed" and was allegedly a top informant for the fbi with special protection from the agency.
>> we're talking about a way of life that went on for several decades, in which these corrupt bands of ages assisted him and watched his back.
>> reporter: this man's daughter debra was allegedly strangled by bulger .
>> it won't be closed until he's finally passed away, dead.
>> reporter: the star witnesses are former associates like john martorano . he claims he's testifying against bulger because he was a rat. bulger was a legend ear figuary figure on the streets of boston . loyalty was prized above all else. it is a much different place now, parts of the young, diverse, somewhat upscale with condos and coffee shops and bulger 's reputation has changed a lot too. shelly murphy of the " boston globe " says the trial is destroying the bulger myth.
>> he tried to perpetuate the myth of being a good bad guy . and good bad guys don't rat on their friends and strangle women. this is about whitey trying to re-write the narrative of who he is.
>> reporter: a trial expected to last months with much anticipation about what more will be revealed. ron allen , nbc news, boston .