Notorious Boston Crime Boss Whitey Bulger Found Dead in Prison at 89
Oct 31, 2018, 00:44
Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons say he died Tuesday.
Bulger was 89 years old.
Bulger had been serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2013 in a sweeping racketeering indictment, including on counts of participating in 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s. Bulger also served as the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character Frank Costello in Martin Scorsese's 2006 film The Departed.
A lawyer who represented Bulger blamed the gangster's death on decisions made by the Bureau of Prisons.
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"Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. Mr. Bulger was subsequently pronounced dead by the Preston County Medical Examiner", the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said in a statement.
His legend only grew as Bulger evaded arrest after his disappearance, with endless reported sightings around the US and the world.
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.
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Bulger was born September 3, 1929, in Boston.
He had been held in a high-security prison in the federal correctional complex at Coleman, Fla.
Bulger was behind only 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden for much of his time on the FBI's list of fugitive criminals. But in his case, it was never clear who was informing to who. "They don't get any colder than him", Duffy said after Bulger was finally captured in June 2011.
During a search of his Santa Monica apartment, agents found over $800,000 in cash and more than 30 guns, many hidden in holes in the walls.
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