Thomson ReutersOctober 20, 2013 19:03
By Noreen O'Donnell
(Reuters) - An alleged extortion victim of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, who was found dead while Bulger was on trial, died from cyanide poisoning, officials in Massachusetts said on Sunday.
Stephen Rakes, 59, had wanted to testify at Bulger's trial that the mob boss had forced him at gunpoint to sell a liquor store for pennies on the dollar.
His body was found in July in a Boston suburb, with no obvious signs of trauma.