August 2, 2013 5:03 PM
Stephen Rakes, a man who said he had been extorted by James "Whitey" Bulger and hoped to testify at his trial was given iced coffee laced with cyanide that killed him, authorities said Friday, and a Massachusetts man was charged with attempted murder in his death. James "Whitey" Bulger revealed that he wouldn't be testifying in his own defense, but he said the decision was involuntary and that his racketeering trial was a "sham." A retired FBI agent testified that FBI files about mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger were locked into a fireproof safe in the bureau's Boston office to keep them from the prying eyes of corrupt agents who would leak them to criminals. "I had (files) placed in a safe, I think it was even fireproof, in my office, and I could then lock the door of my office," ex-agent Fred Davis told the jury.