Boston is the capital of the State of Massachusetts.
South Boston, a predominately Irish town, was the operating area of Irish American mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who eluded the FBI for 16 years until he was captured in 2011. On June 12, 2013, Bulger went on trial for 32 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and weapons charges, including his complicity in 19 murders. On August 12, 2013, he was found guilty on 31 counts, including both racketeering charges, and was found to have been involved in 11 murders, though he is responsible for a total of 19 murders, two of whom were women close to his mob partner Steve Flemmi.
On April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon was bombed by two Chechen brothers, killing 3 and injuring 264 people. After killing a police officer the next day, one of the terrorists was killed and his younger brother was taken into custody.