Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger killed in West Virginia prison

Marsha Scott
October 31, 2018

A senior law enforcement official who oversees organized crime cases but was not involved in the investigation into Bulger's death, said he was told by a federal law enforcement official that an organized crime figure was believed to be responsible for the killing.

Notorious mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was killed Tuesday inside a West Virginia federal prison, according to various reports.

The 89-year-old inmate had reportedly just been moved to the new location, the high-security penitentiary USP Hazelton, leading some local reports to suggest that the leader of the Winter Hill Gang may have been murdered.

The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment last week on why Bulger - who was serving a life sentence - was being moved. A prison source told TMZ that Bulger was attacked by three fellow prisoners on Tuesday morning. No other staff or inmates were harmed, said officials.

Among other things, the jury put Bulger at the center of an ambitious plot by his Winter Hill gang and a retired Boston FBI agent named H. Paul Rico to penetrate the USA pari-mutuel industry by taking over the World Jai Alai company. One tipster insisted spying Bulger inside a Boston movie theater in 2006, watching the Martin Scorsese movie "The Departed" - where Jack Nicholson played a mob boss based on the fugitive son of South Boston.

Bulger was born September 3, 1929, in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

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"The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia and the FBI will be conducting an investigation into the death of James Bulger".

"I heard he wasn't feeling well a while back", Jackie Bulger said of Whitey.

Greig and Bulger started dating in the 1970s and lived together in Boston. "They don't get any colder than him", Duffy said after Bulger was finally captured in June 2011.

A federal judge sentenced him to two life-in-prison terms plus five years in November 2013 and ordered him to pay $19.5 million in restitution and forfeit $25.2 million to the government.

Though Bulger is known to have medical issues, it's not clear why he was on the move, the Boston Herald reported.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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