BOSTON (WHDH) — It didn’t take long for the news of the verdict to spread, especially in James “Whitey” Bulger’s old stomping grounds of South Boston.

South Boston has changed a lot since Bulger walked the streets as a free man, but he is infamous in the neighborhood — he grew up there and many people did follow his story.

“I think he’s a loser. I think he ruined a lot of families here — I think he ruined a lot of people as part of the network of this community, but he never was. I think he destroyed a lot of families in this community and I have no sympathy for him whatsoever,” said Tim Long, who lives in South Boston.

“I think that he did the crime, he hid and now he’s been found and he should be accountable,” said Katie Reposo, who is glad Bulger was found guilty on nearly all counts.

“You’re getting rid of a very, very bad man. He grew up with something twisted inside of him,” said Rick Berry, who lived in South Boston.

Some people also commented on how the trial highlighted government corruption in many ways. Bulger’s crimes have become part of the history in South Boston.

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