Bulger defends himself in 'Whitey' doc at Sundance


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — James "Whitey" Bulger speaks.

Though he declined to take the stand at the summer 2013 trial where he was convicted of multiple counts of murder and extortion, the 84-year-old former crime boss can be heard defending himself in a new documentary playing at the Sundance Film Festival.

Bulger is among the voices in Joe Berlinger's film "Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger." The film also includes interviews with prosecutors, defense attorneys and victims' relatives.

In the film, Bulger tells his defense attorney that he was never an FBI informant, but rather had federal agents on his payroll. He said he'd pay agents and police officers up to $50,000 in cash for information, wiretaps and photo surveillance.

Berlinger said hearing Bulger is among the film's most exciting elements.

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