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James “Whitey” Bulger calls it “The Big Show,” his chance to vindicate himself after years of being portrayed in court proceedings, hearings and books as a depraved gangster who strangled women, corrupted FBI agents and informed on his friends.
“Want to refute lies + try to get my name cleared,’’ Bulger wrote to a friend from jail last year in a letter that was shared with the Globe.
But refuting the evidence laid before the jury in his long-anticipated trial, expected to begin with jury selection in US District Court in Boston on Tuesday and to run through the summer, will be an enormous task even for a man as cunning and as resourceful as Bulger, according to legal experts.