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Continued: Authorities say man allegedly extorted by reputed gangster Whitey Bulger has been found dead

  • Article by: BRIDGET MURPHY , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 18, 2013 - 4:55 PM

Bulger told Rakes that he couldn't back out of the sale and they made the deal, according to the testimony.

Rakes was present for the testimony and later disputed the account, saying he was forced to sell the liquor store.

"Kevin continues to lie, as usual, because that's what he has to do," Rakes said that day. "My liquor store was never for sale — never, never, never."

In the lead-up to Bulger's trial, Rakes described South Boston as a different place from the days when some thought of Bulger as a benevolent tough guy who gave away Thanksgiving turkeys and helped elderly women cross the street.

He said as South Boston's property values went up, new people moved in, and the neighborhood changed. Rakes said Bulger's image also underwent a transformation as years passed.

"There are still people in this town who still stay he was a gentleman," Rakes told the AP. "But there aren't too many of them left."

Rakes didn't count himself among them.

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