Ex-drug dealers describe fear of reputed gangster

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — A drug dealer who refused to pay James "Whitey" Bulger $100,000 to stay in business says he changed his mind after his 17-year-old brother was shot and Bulger told him: "You're next."

Anthony Attardo testified Friday at Bulger's racketeering trial about their fear of Bulger and his reputation for violence.

Attardo's brother survived. Bulger was never charged in the shooting. Attardo says he paid Bulger $80,000 and Bulger told him "don't worry about the rest."

Also Friday, the brother of a 26-year-old woman who was allegedly killed by Bulger cried as he described her as "my best friend." Debra Davis, the girlfriend of Bulger's partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, was killed in 1981.

Bulger's lawyers say it was Flemmi who killed her.

Bulger is accused of playing a role in 19 killings.