Rakes used the money to take his family to Florida. But Bulger made him come back to South Boston, Weeks testified, to squelch rumors that the Winter Hill Gang had killed him.
"We stood outside the store with him so everyone could see he was still alive,'' Weeks told the court. "There were all kinds of rumors flying around."
Like John Martorano, who confessed to 20 murders but served just 12 years in prison, Weeks is a free man. Weeks agreed to testify against Bulger and crooked FBI agent John Connolly in exchange for a five year sentence for his role in the Winter Hill Gang's criminal enterprise.
He told the court he is currently collecting workman's compensation.
Weeks is expected back on the stand Tuesday to talk about the so-called "Whitey graveyards" where the remains of six people Bulger is accused of killing were recovered. Weeks led police to the graveyards, which he helped dig.
Among those victims were two women: Deborah Hussey and Debra Davis, who was murdered by Bulger with his bare hands, prosecutors allege. Her brother, Steve Davis, has attended the trial every day.