By Jon Livesey

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

beat­ings, br utal mur­ders and bur ying corpses – mer ci­less mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bul­ger took a hands-on appr oach to dirty work.

Whitey – who got his nick­name due to his strik­ing pale hair – was con­victed last week of 1 1 mur­ders, rack­e­teer­ing and con­spir­acy.

Hav­ing done stretches in pris­ons in­clud­ing the no­to­ri­ous Al­ca­traz, the 83-year -old will now spend the rest of his life be­hind bars.

And given the bloody trail of dead left in his wake, it’s no less than he deserves.

It’s more than two years since Whitey was cap­tured in Cal­i­for­nia, fol­low­ing a 16-year spell at large and top­ping the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’ list.

In the ’70s and ’80s, the South Bos­ton na­tive – said to be the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Frank Costello, Jack Ni­chol­son’ s char­ac­ter in The De­parted

– be­came the most feared crime fig­ure in the city.

While head of the no­to­ri­ous Win­ter Hill Gang, he also served as an FBI in­for­mant, tip­ping off agents about the il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties of his ri­vals.

But in 1995, with the FBI clos­ing in on the age­ing thug, he fled his home city and went on the run, spark­ing a 16-year man­hunt.

In this new book Whitey: The Life Of Amer­ica’s Most No­to­ri­ous Mob Boss, for­mer Bos­ton Globe jour­nal­ists Dick Lehr and Ger­ard

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