BOSTON (AP) — Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James “Whitey” Bulger couldn’t stand how much the world around him had changed. Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its “great view” and clear-cut rules, Bulger said. And the former Irish Catholic stronghold of South Boston he once terrorized was now filled with “rich college kids living in expensive condos.” “World has changed … everything different, even the neighborhood,” Bulger wrote to a friend he met in the lockup in newly public letters. The letters, which are being auctioned Sunday, provide a glimpse into the once powerful and feared gangster’s mundane life behind bars before he was beaten to death by fellow inmates last year. Bulger wrote about the little excitements of prison life — “tonight we had an ice cream cone!” — and his treatment by other inmates. “Almost every time … [Read more...] about In prison, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger wrote hand-written letters. Here’s what they said.
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Ty Burr and Janice Page Globe Staff February 14, 2019 One of the most nominated studios is a streaming service. A year that saw any number of good movies from women directors produced nominations for none. The best picture winner may be a black-and-white foreign film. And no one knows what the hell is happening with the ceremonies.This isn’t your mother’s Oscars. It isn’t anybody’s Oscars. When the 91st annual Academy Awards are broadcast from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles next Sunday, they will be hostless and a strict three hours long, with four categories ignominiously shunted to the commercial breaks. The eight best picture nominees include two box-office blockbusters (including the first comic-book movie ever nominated), a rock biopic, a political biopic, a Spike Lee joint, a piece of British royalty Oscar bait except it’s … [Read more...] about The Oscars: Who’ll win, who should win, who shouldn’t
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Shelley Murphy Globe Staff November 29, 2018 Prison authorities claimed James “Whitey” Bulger’s health had improved dramatically before they sent him to the West Virginia prison where he was murdered last month, brutally beaten by inmates just hours after he arrived. But the gangster’s own words, like a voice from beyond the grave, tell a different story.In a series of letters written over the past several years to a former convict who, like Bulger, served time at the Alcatraz penitentiary, the ex-South Boston crime boss described a litany of worsening health problems that included several heart attacks and blackouts. Advertisement “Could barely breath [sic] pain so bad couldn’t think too straight,” Bulger wrote from his cell at the US Penitentiary Coleman 2 in Florida in the early hours of July 10, 2017, describing an … [Read more...] about ‘Whitey’ Bulger wished for ‘peaceful death,’ prison letters say