Gangster Whitey Bulger killed in prison

Howard TerryOct 31, 2018

James "Whitey" Bulger, the longtime gangster who became an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant and later a most-wanted fugitive, was killed at the Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia on October 30, said officials. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Bulger died Tuesday in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Bulger, 89, had been transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary, Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, on Monday and was beaten to death shortly after his arrival, according to two of the prison workers.

The ex-crime boss was on the run for years and was one of the FBI's most wanted before being captured in Santa Monica in 2011. A character in the 2006 Martin Scorsese film "The Departed" was based on Bulger.

The details of his death have not been announced, but a local union official for correctional workers at the prison told CBS that a "homicide" occurred on Tuesday morning. "No staff or other inmates were injured, and at no time was the public in danger".

Bulger grew up in Boston, and became the head of the feared Winter Hill Gang. His younger brother, William Bulger, became one of the most powerful politicians in MA, leading the state Senate for 17 years.

Bulger used a corrupt relationship with a handful of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and other law enforcement officers to take over a small time gang of hoodlums in his native South Boston and turn it into one of the country's most powerful criminal mobs.

In February 2015, Bulger made headline news after he penned a letter to three teenagers who reached out to him for a school project.

'More time + fine than people who confessed to murder and made deal to testify against me for the gov and in return set free after short sentence.

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.

Now 67, Greig pleaded guilty in 2012 to identity fraud and harboring Bulger.

She was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping Bulger evade the law.

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