Criminal Justice

Whitey Bulger Witness Found Dead

"No obvious sign" of murder, authorities say


A body found near Lincoln, Mass., has been identified as Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, who was to be a key witness in the trial of notorious South Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

Rakes was scheduled to testify that he was forced at gunpoint to turn over his liquor store to Bulger 29 years ago.