BOSTON, MA – There’s nothing cute about acute cyanide poisoning.
Just Stephen Rake, who authorities say died of acute cyanide toxicity during the trial of Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, later found guilty of more crimes than you can shake a stick at.
Rake was supposed to testify that Bulger held a gun on him and forced him to sell his liquor store for pennies on the dollar.
Rake turned up dead in a park a few days after the government said it didn’t need his testimony. His body didn’t have any bullet or knife wounds.
Cops in August arrested Rake’s business partner, William Camuti and charged him with lacing Rake’s coffee with cyanide, which he denies.
But they say it had nothing to do with the Whitey Bulger trial.