Sept. 3, 1929: James Joseph Bulger Jr. — nicknamed “Whitey” for his blond hair — is born to Irish immigrants James Sr. and Jane “Jean” Bulger of Dorchester.
1938: The Bulgers move into Southie’s Mary Ellen McCormack housing project.
1948: Bulger serves four years in the U.S. Air Force.
1956: Bulger begins his first federal prison stretch — nine years for armed robbery and hijacking — including time at Alcatraz and Leavenworth. He later claims he was used as a human guinea pig in LSD tests.
1967: His only known child, Douglas G. Cyr, is born to Bulger and former legal secretary Lindsey Cyr. The boy dies in 1973 at age 6 from an allergic reaction to aspirin.
1967-1969: Bulger partners up with Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi when Flemmi splits with future New England Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme.
Nov. 18, 1969: Associates claim Bulger shot Donald McGonagle in South Boston, mistaking him for his twin brother Paul. Authorities later charge Bulger with killing Paul McGonagle in 1974.
1978-1996: Bulger’s younger brother William “Billy” Bulger reigns as president of the state Senate.
1979: On Winter Hill Gang chieftain Howie Winter’s arrest for race-fixing, Bulger and Flemmi grab control of Boston’s Irish mob.
1991: Bulger and three associates cash a winning $14.3 million Lottery ticket. Bulger’s annual $119,000 check is later seized by the government.
Dec. 23, 1994: Tipped off by FBI handler Agent John Connolly about federal racketeering indictments, Bulger flees with longtime girlfriend Teresa Stanley, but later swaps her for Quincy dental hygienist Catherine Greig. He is second to Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, with a $2 million bounty on his head.
2003: William Bulger is granted immunity to testify before a congressional committee probing his brother’s relationship with the FBI. He claims he doesn’t know where his brother is. He relinquishes presidency of the University of Massachusetts under intense criticism from then-Gov. Mitt Romney.
June 22, 2011: Within hours of the FBI rolling out a new public service announcement, the couple are captured living in a Santa Monica, Calif., apartment loaded with guns and cash.
July 6, 2011: Bulger pleads not guilty in U.S. District Court to the murders of 19 men and women — including Debra Davis in 1981, Brian Halloran and Michael Donahue, and John Callahan of World Jai Alai in 1982, John McIntyre in 1984 and Deborah Hussey in 1985.
June 13, 2012: Greig is sentenced to eight years for harboring a fugitive.
June 4, 2013: The Bulger trail starts. Whitey is sentenced to life.