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Former Boston crime boss James (Credit: AP)

Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger is shown in these 1984 photos originally released by the FBI.

Whitey Bulger through the years

Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his murderous reign in the 1970s and '80s, bringing to a close a case that exposed FBI corruption so deep that many people across the city thought he would never be brought to justice.

This is an undated photo released by the
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This is an undated photo released by the FBI in December 1998 showing reputed Boston mobster James J. "Whitey" Bulger.

These 1953 Boston police booking photos show James
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These 1953 Boston police booking photos show James "Whitey" Bulger after an arrest.

In this 1995 photo provided by the FBI,
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In this 1995 photo provided by the FBI, former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger is shown in a photo taken shortly before he disappeared and was on the lamb from authorities for more than a decade.

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This is a "Wanted" ad for Boston crime boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger placed by the FBI in the January 1998 issue of "Soldier of Fortune" magazine. Bulger had been on the run from law enforcement authorities as of January 1995, since being indicted on federal racketeering charges. He was eventually captured on June 22, 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Former Boston crime boss James
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Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced to life in prison for his murderous reign in the 1970s and '80s. Bulger became one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives disappearing just after his January 1995 indictment. While he was on the lamb for more than a decade he was spotted in several states including New York, Wyoming, Louisiana and Mississippi before being captured on June 22, 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Former Boston crime boss James
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Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger is shown in these 1984 photos originally released by the FBI.

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