An unusual murder mystery is playing out inside the Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia. The prime suspects — inmates — are already locked up. The victim was an aging mobster, someone plenty of people had reason to want dead. But how James (Whitey) Bulger, the crime boss and law enforcement informant from Boston, came to be murdered just a few hours after arriving at Hazelton is still a puzzle. Among the questions investigators are trying to answer, according to interviews with more than a dozen Federal Bureau of Prisons employees, lawyers with clients inside and relatives of inmates, are these: Of at least four men sent to solitary confinement following the attack, which ones beat him to death? Why was Bulger, a notorious informant in frail health, placed with other inmates in the general population? And how did Bulger come to be transferred to Hazelton to begin with? Bulger, who infamously yanked the teeth out of his murder victims to thwart identification, was … [Read more...] about Who wanted Whitey Bulger dead? Better question: Who didn’t?
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Kevin Cullen, Emily Sweeney and Shelley Murphy Globe Staff November 09, 2018 For many years, Jean Bulger urged her wayward son to find his way back to St. Monica’s Church, just around the corner from their apartment on Logan Way in a South Boston housing project.Some three-quarters of a century later, James “Whitey” Bulger finally made it back, in a casket, for his funeral.Bulger, Boston’s most notorious gangster, who was serving a life sentence for 11 murders, was beaten to death by other inmates at a prison in West Virginia Oct. 30. Advertisement Keeping with wishes shared by the Archdiocese of Boston and Bulger’s survivors, the funeral Thursday morning was private and confined to immediate family and a few close friends, about 30 people in all, including the twin sister of Bulger’s longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who … [Read more...] about At Whitey Bulger’s funeral, a coda: ‘It is finished’
BOSTON (AP) — A funeral Mass for notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger has been held in South Boston. The archdiocese of Boston says a private service for immediate family was held Thursday at St. Monica Church, near the area where Bulger grew up and once ran his ruthless gang. The archdiocese says Bulger’s body was present at the service and the burial is private. NBC Boston reports Bulger’s brother, former Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger, was among those who attended. Bulger was killed last week hours after he arrived at a West Virginia prison. Authorities have said two Massachusetts mobsters are under suspicion in the 89-year-old’s killing, but no charges have been brought. He was convicted in 2013 in 11 underworld slayings and a long list of other crimes. Bulger was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Close … [Read more...] about 10 photos from outside ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s South Boston funeral
Updated 10:51 am PST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 FILE - This file June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger, who was killed on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in a West Virginia prison. He was sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spend the rest of his life in prison. The archdiocese of Boston said a private funeral Mass was held Thursday, Nov. 8 for Bulger’s immediate family at St. Monica Church in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston. The archdiocese said Bulger’s body was present at the service and the burial is private. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File) less FILE - This file June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger, who was killed on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in a West Virginia prison. He was sentenced in 2013 in ... more Photo: AP FILE - This undated file FBI photo found in Boston during an … [Read more...] about Funeral for gangster Whitey Bulger held in Boston
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen Globe Staff November 07, 2018 Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s medical classification was suddenly and inexplicably changed to suggest his health had improved, leading to his transfer to the West Virginia prison where he was murdered last week, US Bureau of Prisons records show.Two organized crime figures from Massachusetts suspected of killing Bulger have been placed in isolation at the US Penitentiary Hazelton while federal investigators work to build a case against them. But investigators are also trying to figure out why Bulger, a frail 89-year-old who was confined to a wheelchair, was transferred from the US Penitentiary Coleman II in Florida to a prison where he had access to more limited medical care despite his advancing age and declining health.A Bureau of Prisons official who is familiar with … [Read more...] about James ‘Whitey’ Bulger: Change in medical classification led to transfer from Fla. prison