“Cold-blooded whim”: Authorities make arrest in 1984 killing connected to notorious mobster Whitey Bulger

A suspect in the 1984 killing of a South Boston male that authorities say was connected to mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s management of the drug trade in the community is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Michael Lewis, 61, faces a very first-diploma murder charge in Suffolk Top-quality Court docket in relationship with the fatal shooting of Brian Watson, according to a statement from the Suffolk district attorney’s place of work.

The defense attorney for Lewis has still to be identified, the district attorney’s business mentioned.

  Brian Watson

Suffolk District Legal professional

Watson, 23, was previous noticed alive on July 16 or 17, 1984, and was described lacking by his mom on July 28 that 12 months, authorities explained. His human body was observed hidden among the the trees and bushes by a motorist who had pulled above on Interstate 93 in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Sept. 16, 1984.

The system, which was fond about 40 toes from the street, was ultimately determined as Brian Watson through dental data, the DA claimed.

According to the prosecution’s account of functions, the then 24-year-old Lewis and an another person associated in the drug trade drove all around the neighborhood in July 1984 looking for a drug supplier they assumed had told Bulger that Lewis’ associate was marketing angel dust in South Boston.

As a consequence, Bulger experienced demanded a $5,000 payment furthermore a different $1,000 for each week from the guy, whose name was not disclosed by prosecutors. Bulger was recognised to shake down drug sellers accomplishing business in South Boston.

The pair encountered Watson, who agreed to help them discover the other seller and bought in their car or truck, prosecutors reported.

“Whilst the a few gentlemen drove all over South Boston, Lewis instantly turned, shot and killed Watson,” the district attorney’s office explained in a assertion.

Authorities do not allege that Lewis or Watson had been tied straight to Bulger, who was killed at the age of 89 in a federal jail in West Virginia in 2018. Bulger’s loved ones sued in excess of his loss of life but a federal judge tossed the suit earlier this 12 months.

Bulger, who put in 16 yrs as a fugitive, was convicted in 2013 of collaborating in 11 killings.

Federal authorities made a “substantial crack” in Watson’s scenario in 2009, but not more than enough to secure an indictment, the district legal professional reported. But new info was designed within the previous calendar year that led to Lewis’ indictment on Friday.

Suffolk District Lawyer Kevin Hayden thanked New Hampshire regulation enforcement businesses and federal authorities for their efforts in securing an indictment.

“This was a accurate workforce effort and hard work to help indict and charge a homicide that hearkens back to a really diverse Boston,” he explained. “Brian Watson was a young father lower down seemingly on a whim. A remarkably chilly-blooded whim. Mr. Watson’s spouse and children has endured lots of, many several years of reduction and heartache. At the extremely minimum, they now have some responses.”