Notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger found dead

31 October, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Bulger had just been moved to the Hazleton facility where he was found.

The death of notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, reportedly killed in a West Virginia prison on Tuesday, is bringing closure to the family of one of his victims.

"He was sentenced to life in prison, but as a result of decisions by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, that sentence has been changed to the death penalty", defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. told CNN.

Bulger had been serving out his life sentence in a federal pen in Florida until last week, when he was transferred to one in Oklahoma City. and then recently arrived in Hazelton. Two years later, he was convicted of participating in 11 murders in the 1970's and 80's.

Though Bulger did manage to go 16 years without getting scooped up by law enforcement officials, he was eventually caught in 2011 outside of his apartment in Santa Monica, California.

Bulger was serving a life sentence, and is said to have been suffering from poor health, but alternative reports from Fox News now claim that Bulger was actually killed in prison.


No other staff or inmates were injured and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating. Bulger also served as the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character Frank Costello in Martin Scorsese's 2006 film The Departed.

But Whitey made it back to Boston where he slowly resumed a career in crime that led him to Somerville's Winter Hill Gang, a rag-tag band of thieves that dabbled in stolen goods, bookmaking, extortion and drugs. His younger brother, William Bulger, became one of the most powerful politicians in MA, leading the state Senate for 17 years.

The network's justice correspondent, Pete Williams, said in a televised segment said that "there are local reports that Bulger was murdered at the prison, but the people we've been talking to can't confirm that".

As they called him a coward, a rat, a punk and Satan, Bulger kept his head down and showed no emotion as he scribbled on a pad.

Greig and Bulger started dating in the 1970s and lived together in Boston.

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