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Cops unearth third body as hunt for Bulger heats up

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Jim Smith

BOSTON — Police investigators have discovered the body of another man believed killed years ago by South Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger and his associates.

Authorities say that the remains found in Quincy last Friday are those of Tommy King, a South Boston mobster who disappeared in November 1975 just days after he pummeled Bulger in a bar fight.

Earlier this month the body of Paul McGonagle was unearthed from a shallow grave in Dorchester. The apparent victim of a turf war with Bulger, McGonagle had disappeared in 1974.

In January, the body of IRA gun-runner John McIntyre was dug up in Dorchester. Just prior to his disappearance in 1984, he had been talking with Quincy police about Bulger’s involvement in the ill-fated voyage of the Valhalla, the trawler used in the unsuccessful attempt to smuggle tons of arms and ammunition to the IRA in 1984.

Kevin Weeks, a former top deputy of Bulger who is now in jail, is believed to be leading investigators to mob burial sites in exchange for leniency.

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Bulger, who is 71, was featured again Saturday on the national TV program "America’s Most Wanted." The FBI is now tracking down about 20 new leads from viewers who saw Saturday’s program.

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