'Whitey' Bulger wants to keep his Stanley Cup ring

BOSTON — While reputed Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger says he is willing to forfeit the guns and $822,000 in cash that officials found in his Santa Monica apartment, he wants to keep one thing: a Stanley Cup ring.

In a document filed last week and released on Monday, the 83-year-old Bulger said the ring commemorating pro hockey's championship series was a gift from an unnamed "third party."

Both sides said in the document that they have agreed to not include the ring among the assets Bulger must forfeit and are asking the court to make a final decision.

It wasn’t clear who gave Bulger the ring. According to a report from the Boston Globe, Bulger paid for the wedding of Karen Stanley, daughter of Bulger’s late girlfriend Teresa Stanley, to NHL player Chris Nilan, who won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens.

Bulger was captured in Santa Monica in 2011 after 16 years on the run.

The jury is in its fifth day of deliberations in the trial of Bulger, who's charged in a 32-count racketeering indictment that includes 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s, although in many of those cases he is not charged with being the triggerman.


On Monday morning, the panel put this question to Judge Denise Casper: If it finds a person named in the indictment guilty of an act, then is Bulger guilty as well? The judge said she would tell jurors they must find Bulger guilty separately of either committing the act, being a co-conspirator, or aiding and abetting.

The jury must find that he committed at least two of the acts within 10 years of each other to find him guilty of racketeering.