The FBI has been ordered to pay more than $3.1 million to the mother of a fisherman tortured to death by informant James “Whitey” Bulger and his hatchet men, reports the Boston Herald. A federal judge awarded the money to Emily McIntyre, 78, whose son John was killed. Former FBI agent John Connolly tipped off Bulger that John McIntyre, then 32 and a witness for the federal government, was planning to rat them out for smuggling arms to Ireland.
In 1984, McIntyre was chained to a kitchen chair by Bulger and his partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, and interrogated while staring at the muzzle of a machine gun. Five other wrongful-death suits brought against the FBI by families of Bulger's victims are waiting in the wings. Bulger, 77, has been a fugitive from justice for more than 11 years.