The family of slain Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is filing a wrongful death claim against the federal government following his death in prison last year.The Wall Street Journal reports the family is seeking $200 million in damages in the forthcoming claim. They say Bulger was “deliberately placed in harm’s way” when he was transferred to a West Virginia prison and placed in the general inmate population hours before his death.The 89-year-old died of blunt force injuries to the head. No charges have been filed, but officials have said two Massachusetts mobsters are suspects.The federal Bureau of Prisons didn’t respond to an email seeking comment Friday. Bulger’s lawyer also didn’t respond. Bulger was sentenced to life in prison for his role in 11 gangland killings. He’d also been an FBI informant. … [Read more...] about Whitey Bulger’s family filing wrongful death claim
Epstein worked in banks. Whitey robbed banks. But those superficial religious, ethnic, geographical, and vocational differences cloak striking parallels. They both grew up in working-class families where money was tight. Epstein’s father was a landscaper for the parks department, his mother a school aide and homemaker. Whitey’s father was disabled, having lost an arm in a railway accident, his mother a homemaker who at one point worked as a clerk typist at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Neither Epstein nor Whitey had a college degree, but they were deviously smart, in ways that you could never learn from a book. They were master manipulators and knew how to get people to give them things. And when people wouldn’t give them things, whether it was money or sex, they’d steal it. Whitey made money by stealing it at the end of a pointed gun. Epstein, according to a business associate, made money by stealing it with a pen and a computer. They could be … [Read more...] about Jeffrey Epstein and ‘Whitey’ Bulger: A tale of two sociopaths
Updated 1:54 pm CDT, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 FILE - This June 23, 2011, file booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. Jailhouse letters from the late Boston gangster highlight his will to live despite deteriorating health including eight heart attacks. The letters provided to The Boston Globe by a California woman he corresponded with appear to contradict federal officials who have said Bulger’s health had dramatically improved, making him eligible for a transfer to a West Virginia prison where he was killed. Bulger was 89 when he was fatally beaten last October. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File) less FILE - This June 23, 2011, file booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. Jailhouse letters from the late Boston gangster highlight his will to live despite deteriorating ... more Photo: AP … [Read more...] about Whitey Bulger jailhouse letters show deteriorating health
Updated 1:00 pm CDT, Friday, April 26, 2019 FILE - This June 23, 2011, file booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. A death certificate obtained in April 2019 by NBC Boston confirms that Bulger died of blunt force injuries to the head in prison on Oct. 30, 2018. He was serving a life sentence for 11 murders and other crimes when he was beaten to death in his prison cell, hours after he was transferred to a West Virginia prison. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File) less FILE - This June 23, 2011, file booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. A death certificate obtained in April 2019 by NBC Boston confirms that Bulger died of blunt force ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Whitey Bulger died of head injuries, death certificate says
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.